142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Deploying Mobile Monitoring for Aging Research: Conceptual and Methodological Perspectives

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014

Neng Wan, PhD , College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, omaha, NE
Enhancing healthy aging is a global challenge that faces many developed and developing countries. A key goal of healthy aging is to maintain older adults’ functional status, which can be measured by the characteristics of life-space activities of individuals. This presentation explains the development of a mobile monitoring system that can be used in clinical settings to measure and track the functional status of older adults. Specifically, a smartphone-server-PC architecture is developed and deployed to collect large flows of GPS and accelerometer data from individuals who volunteered to be a part of the IRB-approved research. An integrated methodological framework, including fuzzy classification and scale-adaptive clustering, is developed to address spatial uncertainties at different stages of GPS data processing. Evaluations of the framework based on data collected by smartphones suggest that the integrated method is effective and robust in capturing the characteristics of life-space activities of individuals. Research is in progress to apply this methodology in near-clinical and clinical settings.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe a mobile monitoring framework for monitoring the functional status of older adults

Keyword(s): Aging, Methodology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple grants focusing on aging, environmental health, and spatial epidemiology. My scientific interest in aging is primarily about deploying mobile technologies to understand the process of aging and to design intervention strategies for aging-related diseases.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.