The population of the aged, globally, is growing inexorably and by 2020, the figure will have risen by 25%. In fact, the number of those in their 80s will have more than doubled. This means changes in family structures: there are more and more elderly persons living alone while the number of carers is falling.
Falls are one of the most common problems amongst the elderly, 30% of them having a fall at least once a year and representing 75% of the total number of victims of falls. 70% of accidental deaths in persons over 75 are caused by the phenomenon. Moreover, it can provoke fear, anxiety or depression in the person, thus reducing their day-to-day activity and promoting less independence which, in turn, increases the difficulty of living and coping alone at home.
To this end, INGEMA and FATRONIK, by means of an interdisciplinary project, are developing a really innovative system in the detection of falls. Ingema (Instituto Gerontológico Matia) has very thorough knowledge in the field of neuropsychology, neuroscience, rehabilitation and social healthcare and has the support of the MATIA Foundation. FATRONIK, for its part, are experts in mechatronics and new technologies of information and communication (NTIC’s) and possesses an ample technological platform.
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