Aging and health

With the predicted increase of the elderly population worldwide, it has become increasingly important to develop easy to use products and services to assist elderly people in daily activities and improve their quality of life. Noldus tools are widely used in the research of such services.

On-site observations

In order to study behavior in residential care homes, researchers can quickly set up a portable lab on premises. In addition to it being convenient for the participants, an on-site study enables researchers to take environmental factors into account. Heart rate measurements, video, and audio can easily be integrated.

Robot facilitates communication

For people with dementia, it is very important to keep connections with the outside world. When older adults are living in a long-term care home, the context of their lives changes greatly. Without meaningful communication, there is a high risk of social isolation, and opportunities to reach out to friends or family members are likely to be reduced. Wendy Moyle and colleagues (see the blog) used The Observer XT research software to study the use of a telepresence robot (Giraff) in nursing homes and concluded that the impact of Giraff on residents and their families was positive.

Facial expression analysis

FaceReader software detects basic emotions, head orientation, gaze direction, and much more. It even has a specially developed elderly model for the automatic analysis of elderly faces. FaceReader’s real-time feedback about the emotional state can be incorporated into external programs such as assisted living applications. The software is easy to use and works with standard webcams.

Viso: multi-room, multi-video recording suite

In assisted living facilities, researchers and caretakers search for ways to observe behavior unobtrusively in order to improve healthy and safe living. For such research, our Viso software suite comes in handy for recording video and audio in multiple patient rooms, or for making video recordings of nurse training sessions in order to evaluate a protocol. Debriefing can take place directly after the recording has been made or even during the session. The video recordings can be controlled from one central location, and all files can be safely stored but easily accessible.

Location tracking

In order to deliver end-to-end solutions for location tracking, which is also an important domain in this area of research, Noldus actively seeks collaboration with developers of tracking technology. At this very moment, Noldus InnovationWorks is working on tools for several projects, including one called E-MOSION whose aim is to create technology for improving ambient assisted living. TrackLab, a Noldus product, is used in this project to track the movements of elderly people in and around their homes.

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Applications on phones can assist elderly in and around their homes.
Tracklab
TrackLab provides you with location data, for example shopping behavior.

Interesting publications

Noldus software, systems, and services have found their way to more than 7,000 universities, research institutes, and companies in over 85 countries. Please find a list of selected publications in market research below.

  • Cruz, J.; Marques, A.; Barbosa, A.; Figueiredo, D.; Sousa, L.X. (2013). Making sense(s) in dementia: a multisensory and motor-based group activity program. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, doi:10.1177/1533317512473194.
  • Gitlin, L.N.; Marx, K.A.; Alonzi, D.; Kvedar, T.; Moody, J.; Trahan, M.; Van Haitsma, K. (2016). Feasibility of the Tailored Activity Program for Hospitalized (TAP-H) Patients With Behavioral Symptoms. Gerontologist, 00, 1-10.
  • Kim, H.; Woods, D.L. (2012). The development of direct-care staff social interaction coding schemas for nursing home residents with dementia, Geriatric Nursing, 33 (2), 113-117.
  • Moyle, W.; Jones, C.; Cooke, M.; O’Dwyer, S.; Sung, B.; Drummond, S. (2014). Connecting the person with dementia and family: a feasibility study of a telepresence robot. BMC Geriatrics14 (7), 1-11.