Monitoring devices may help elderly stay at home

04/13/2012 | Reuters

Researchers are developing monitoring devices that could reduce health care costs by keeping aging baby boomers in their homes. Paro is a plush robotic seal that responds to voice commands and helps calm elderly patients with dementia; an under-suit developed at Massachusetts Institute contains sensors that monitor vital signs; and a carpet has a built-in sensor that monitors gait to calculate risk of falling.

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