Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

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Publication Date

Fall 12-2-2020

Faculty Advisor(s)

Rahul Soangra


Millions of individuals worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s disease and stroke. Medical expenses are on the rise, which negatively contributes to the difficult conditions these patients are already experiencing. In addition, it has been known that activities of daily living (ADL) are limited in older adults compared to younger counterparts. The neurological disorder populations being investigated in this project are Parkinson’s disease patients and stroke patients and they are being compared to the healthy control group consisting of healthy older and younger individuals. In this study, the McRoberts sensor, that is used to measure acceleration and gyroscopic data, is worn by the participant on their lower back for three days. The sensor data collected has allowed us to explore the movement variability during ADL of these populations. ADL is the activities of daily living; this is measured by monitoring the basic activities that are completed by individuals without assistance as the individual accomplishes their daily routine. In these three days, the only time the sensor is allowed to be taken off is when the participant showers or anticipates entering water at any given point in time. We expect to find a significant difference in variability during ADL amongst the different populations. Sleep patterns and sleep activity will be compared to the healthy pool of individuals who do not have these illnesses. In the future, this informative metric could be helpful in predicting severity of disease or progress of rehabilitation. Thus, our study will provide a new metric to objectively quantify an individual’s health status.


Presented at the virtual Fall 2020 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

From the authors:

"Our research was performed on several different populations. These populations were Parkinson’s patients, stroke patients, healthy older individuals, and healthy younger individuals. The goal of the experiment was to monitor each subject over a period of time and measure their ADL and number of transitions. Our presentation was presented via google slides, and it is directed towards an audience that is inquisitive on the subject we researched."

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