New technology aims at preventing falls for older adults

New technology aims at preventing falls for older adults
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 4:02pm

New technology developed by researchers at New Mexico State University can help identify who might be at risk of suffering a fall.

Data shows one out of three older adults will fall each year and those numbers increase as people age.

"One of the things we want to do is educate folks about their needs," said Robert Wood, head of NMSU's Human Performance Dance & Recreation.

Wood explained in New Mexico falls can be twice as deadly compared to the rest of the country.

The launch of the new technology will help provide immediate feedback to participants that can be shared with doctors and work on preventing falls.

The system works with motion capture technology and a pressure mat provides a look at the speed at which a person walks and how long their stride is.

The lab is mobile and will travel throughout the country gathering data on various demographics partnered with Life Support Medical and locally in Las Cruces with The Electronic Caregiver.

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