Monitoring Health Parameters of Elders to Support Independent Living and Improve Their Quality of Life

Sensors (Basel). 2021 Jan 13;21(2):517. doi: 10.3390/s21020517.


Improving the well-being and quality of life of the elderly population is closely related to assisting them to effectively manage age-related conditions such as chronic illnesses and anxiety, and to maintain their independence and self-sufficiency as much as possible. This paper presents the design, architecture and implementation structure of an adaptive system for monitoring the health and well-being of the elderly. The system was designed following best practices of the Human-Centred Design approach involving representative end-users from the early stages.

Keywords: cough detection; eHealth; elderly; human-centred design; independent living; mHealth; monitoring of vital signs; quality of life; sensors; virtual assistant.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Independent Living*
  • Male
  • Quality of Life*