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.
Daerendinger, Johanna; Khol, Bridgette; Shiraishi, Michael; and Soangra, Rahul, "ADL (Activities of Daily Living) Differences Amongst Healthy Older and Younger Individuals, Parkinson’s, and Stroke Populations" (2020). Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters. 410.
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