Aequipa II Technology - TUMAL- & TUSMAL-Study

As part of the second funding phase of AEQUIPA (Physical activity and health equity: primary prevention for healthy aging), the TUMAL (technology-supported motivation to maintain activity and quality of life) study is carried out in the Technology subproject.

The aim of the TUMAL study is to integrate, further develop and test the previous technical and medical results from the first project funding phase in order to realize an innovative and technology-based early detection of functional degradation in older people. For this purpose, technical systems are being developed which enable older people to carry out independent, partially supervised performance of established assessments of physical performance in environments such as senior citizens' clubs or sports clubs.

Within this so-called "Unsupervised Screening System (USS)" senior citizens can carry out particularly sensitive tests under video instruction independently:

  • 5-Time-Chair-Rise - five times getting up from a chair
  • Timed-up-and-Go (TuG) - getting up from a chair, running 3 meters back and forth and sitting down
  • Nutritional screening based on the Short Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA-SF)

By means of the portable inertial sensors and ambient sensor technology successfully used in AEQUIPA I, the test subjects were measured during the execution of these tests and the performance quality was evaluated.

The Heidelberg University continued to accompany part of the VERSA cohort in assessments and compared the results with those of the measuring box data. Jade-HS examined both, the usability and the acceptance of the measurement method in the various public or semi-public spaces and examined to what extent the older people could be motivated for a regular survey. 

As part of the project, the USS has been installed both at the university and at least one sports club, where it can be used as often as required by older people.

 

Cooperations / Funding

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (02/18 -07/19)

Involved partners

Geriatrisches Zentrum am Agaplesion Bethanien Krankenhaus Heidelberg, Lehrstuhl für Geriatrie der Universität Heidelberg

Jade Hochschule Oldenburg, Abteilung Technik und Gesundheit für Menschen

OFFIS - Institut für Informatik,  Bereich Gesundheit

Publications

2021
[13] LC. Büker, F. Zuber, A. Hein, S. Fudickar. HRDepthNet: Depth Image-Based Marker-Less Tracking of Body Joints. Sensors. 2021;21(4). [bibtex][url][doi]
2020
[12] S. Hellmers, L. Peng, S. Lau, R. Diekmann, L. Elgert, JM.. Bauer, A. Hein, S. Fudickar. Activity Scores of Older Adults based on Inertial Measurement Unit Data in Everyday Life. In: Proceedings of the 13th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies (BIOSTEC 2020) - Volume 5: HEALTHINF. Valetta (Malta): SCITEPRESS – Science and Technology Publications, Lda.; 2020:579–585. [bibtex][url][doi]
[11] S. Fudickar, S. Hellmers, S. Lau, R. Diekmann, JM.. Bauer, A. Hein. Measurement System for Unsupervised Standardized Assessment of Timed “Up & Go” and Five Times Sit to Stand Test in the Community—A Validity Study. Sensors. 2020;20(10):2824. [bibtex][url][doi]
[10] R.. Diekmann, S.. Hellmers, L.. Elgert, S.. Fudickar, A.. Heinks, S.. Lau, J. M.. Bauer, T.. Zieschang, A.. Hein. Minimizing comprehensive geriatric assessment to identify deterioration of physical performance in a healthy community-dwelling older cohort: longitudinal data of the AEQUIPA Versa study. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research. Springer International Publishing; 2020. [bibtex][url][doi]
2019
[9] S. Hellmers, S. Fudickar, S. Lau, L. Elgert, R. Diekmann, JM.. Bauer, A. Hein. Measurement of the Chair Rise Performance of Older People Based on Force Plates and IMUs. Sensors. 2019;19(6):1370. [bibtex][url][doi]
[8] Sand LSand DRand DLand KTand BJM. and FSand HA. Hellmers. Evaluation of Power-Based Stair Climb Performance via Inertial Measurement Units. In: A. Cliquet Jr., S. Wiebe, P. Anderson, G. Saggio, R. Zwiggelaar, H. Gamboa, A. Fred, S. Bermúdez i Badia, eds. Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2019:238–261. [bibtex]
2018
[7] S. Hellmers, S. Fudickar, L. Dasenbrock, A. Heinks, JM.. Bauer, A. Hein. A Model-Based Approach for Jump Analyses Regarding Strength and Balance. In: P. Nathalia, M. and Silveira, and AH. H., and M. Carlos, and van den BE. L, eds. Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2018:354–375. [bibtex][url][doi]
[6] S. Hellmers, T. Kromke, L. Dasenbrock, A. Heinks, JM.. Bauer, A. Hein. Stair Climb Power Measurements via Inertial Measurement Units - Towards an Unsupervised Assessment of Strength in Domestic Environments. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies. SCITEPRESS - Science and Technology Publications; 2018:39–47. [bibtex][url][doi]
[5] S. Hellmers, B. Izadpanah, L. Dasenbrock, R. Diekmann, JM. Bauer, A. Hein, S. Fudickar. Towards an Automated Unsupervised Mobility Assessment for Older People Based on Inertial TUG Measurements. Sensors. 2018;18(10). [bibtex][url][doi]
2017
[4] S. Hellmers, S. Fudickar, C. Büse, L. Dasenbrock, A. Heinks, JM.. Bauer, A. Hein. Technology Supported Geriatric Assessment. Chapter in R. Wichert, B. Mand, eds. Ambient Assisted Living: 9. AAL-Kongress, Frankfurt/M, Germany, April 20 - 21, 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2017:85–100. [bibtex][url][doi]
[3] S. Hellmers, S. Fudickar, E. Lange, C. Lins, A. Hein. Validation of a motion capture suit for clinical gait analysis. In: Proceedings of the 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare - PervasiveHealth '17. New York, New York, USA: ACM Press; 2017:120–126. [bibtex][url][doi]
[2] S. Hellmers, EE. Steen, L. Dasenbrock, A. Heinks, JM.. Bauer, S. Fudickar, A. Hein. Towards a minimized unsupervised technical assessment of physical performance in domestic environments. In: Proceedings of the 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare - PervasiveHealth '17. New York, New York, USA: ACM Press; 2017:207–216. [bibtex][url][doi]
[1] S. Hellmers, S. Fudickar, L. Dasenbrock, A. Heinks, JM.. Bauer, A. Hein. Understanding Jump Landing as an Oscillating System: A Model-based Approach of Balance and Strength Analyses. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies. Porto: SCITEPRESS - Science and Technology Publications; 2017:159–168. [bibtex][url][doi]
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