Mobile Fall Risk Assessments
Researchers at the University of Illinois are using cameras in the Kinect system to monitor walking technique in hopes to determine fall risks. Ultimately, the MCRL hopes to find ways to prevent falls in older adults.
We are also using a smartphone app that measures balance and fall risk. With this app, older adults will be able to test their own balance from home! The results will then tell them if they are at a low, moderate, or high risk for falls.
- Participants come to the Khan annex in Huff Hall for one assessment.
- They complete questionnaires about age, occupation, fall history and lifestyle.
- Then, the tests of walking, balance and fall risk begin.
- Participants walk on our Zeno mat, a special device that digitally records your footsteps, several times.
- Participants are asked to sit and stand several times.
- We ask participants to stand as still as they can on our force platform while holding the cell phone.
- The entire session is digitally recorded; however your physical images are never recorded. The Kinect system transfers body images into “stick figure” representations for our researchers to analyze.
- Participants are also compensated $20 for participation.