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Sensors 2017, 17(3), 622;

Mobile Health Applications to Promote Active and Healthy Ageing

Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Robert Bosch Foundation for Medical Research, 70184 Stuttgart, Germany
School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester, and South Manchester University Hospital NHS Trust, and Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Department of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam Movement Sciences, 1081BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
These two authors share the first authorship.
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Academic Editor: Vittorio M. N. Passaro
Received: 3 November 2016 / Revised: 14 March 2017 / Accepted: 15 March 2017 / Published: 18 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Body Worn Behavior Sensing)
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The European population is ageing, and there is a need for health solutions that keep older adults independent longer. With increasing access to mobile technology, such as smartphones and smartwatches, the development and use of mobile health applications is rapidly growing. To meet the societal challenge of changing demography, mobile health solutions are warranted that support older adults to stay healthy and active and that can prevent or delay functional decline. This paper reviews the literature on mobile technology, in particular wearable technology, such as smartphones, smartwatches, and wristbands, presenting new ideas on how this technology can be used to encourage an active lifestyle, and discusses the way forward in order further to advance development and practice in the field of mobile technology for active, healthy ageing. View Full-Text
Keywords: healthy ageing; mobile technology; mobile health applications; activity monitoring; smartphones; smartwatches; wristbands healthy ageing; mobile technology; mobile health applications; activity monitoring; smartphones; smartwatches; wristbands

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Helbostad, J.L.; Vereijken, B.; Becker, C.; Todd, C.; Taraldsen, K.; Pijnappels, M.; Aminian, K.; Mellone, S. Mobile Health Applications to Promote Active and Healthy Ageing. Sensors 2017, 17, 622.

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