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IJCCE 2020 Vol.9(2): 87-96 ISSN: 2010-3743
DOI: 10.17706/IJCCE.2020.9.2.87-96

Indoor Monitoring System for Senior Citizens with Alzheimer’s or Mental Illnesses

José Paulo Lousado, Sandra Antunes, Paula M. Santos, João Paulo Sousa
Abstract—Actually, the development of increasingly powerful systems and information technologies capable of monitoring in real time the vital signs and the location of people are providing significant changes in the functions that Social Solidarity Institutions (IPSS) have in society, from simple treatment of disabling diseases and palliative care, to prevention and monitoring of users, promoting their mobility, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of institutionalized people. The main objective of the system presented here is to monitor the elderly or with problems within institutions through the acquisition and treatment of data and information related to their location and health status, in a discrete and non-intrusive way, through information and communication. So, that both the institution and the family members can monitor in real time the status of the users they have under their responsibility. Considering that the systems focused on the monitoring and data management of people are in great evolution, that pervasive and ubiquitous computing is present in our daily life, with the present work we hope to contribute positively to the improvement of the quality of life of the users of the social solidarity institutions, especially in the senior population, with special attention to people suffering from psychological pathologies such as Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. The system utilizes low-cost communication and data processing facilities that couple heart rate sensors among others, allowing the system operator to access user information at any time. Being a low-cost system, social solidarity institution can easily implement your custom solution for new social responses.

Index Terms—IoT, ubiquitous computing, monitoring systems, ICT, RFID technologies.

José Paulo Lousado, Sandra Antunes, and Paula M. Santos are with Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Lamego, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Lamego, Portugal. João Paulo Sousa is with Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Viseu, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Viseu, Portugal.

Cite:José Paulo Lousado, Sandra Antunes, Paula M. Santos, João Paulo Sousa, "Indoor Monitoring System for Senior Citizens with Alzheimer’s or Mental Illnesses," International Journal of Computer and Communication Engineering vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 87-96, 2020.


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ISSN: 2010-3743 (Online)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Comput. Commun. Eng.
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Maode Ma
Abstracting/ Indexing: EI (INSPEC, IET), Google Scholar, Crossref, EBSCO, ProQuest, and Electronic Journals Library
E-mail: ijcce@iap.org
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