Wearable Aging-in-place Technology for use in Community and at Home (WATCH)
To better understand the level of frailty of community-dwelling older adults, previous research studies used medical-grade smart activity trackers to continuously monitor physical activities and sleep quality. These studies provide evidence for the internal construct validity of medical-grade smart activity trackers for screening frailty and strong associations between varying sleep quality parameters and frailty. Consumer-level smart activity trackers are a promising tool to continuously monitor physical activity level and sleep quality of community-dwelling older adults. The accumulated evidence for medical-grade smart activity trackers as a frailty monitoring tool; consumer-grade smart activity trackers as a valid and acceptable tool to measure physical, sleep quality, and heart rate parameters; and increasing adoption of these smart wearables by older adults highlight the opportunity to continuously monitor frailty within the community. Investigating the feasibility of consumer-grade smart activity trackers for screening and monitoring frailty for community-dwelling older adults has potential to close the clinical gap for primary care physicians by guiding towards appropriate preventive and interventional practices for frailty.
Ben Kim, PhD Candidate
School of Public Health and Health Systems
University of Waterloo