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Correction published on 30 July 2018, see Sensors 2018, 18(8), 2462.

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Sensors 2018, 18(5), 1613; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18051613

Type and Location of Wearable Sensors for Monitoring Falls during Static and Dynamic Tasks in Healthy Elderly: A Review

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Department of Motor Sciences and Wellness, University of Naples “Parthenope”, 80133 Naples, Italy
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IDC Hermitage Capodimonte, 80133 Naples, Italy
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Department of Engineering, University of Naples “Parthenope”, 80133 Naples, Italy
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Department of Science and Technologies, University of Naples “Parthenope”, 80133 Naples, Italy
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Received: 29 January 2018 / Revised: 20 April 2018 / Accepted: 15 May 2018 / Published: 18 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors for Gait, Posture, and Health Monitoring)
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In recent years, the meaning of successful living has moved from extending lifetime to improving the quality of aging, mainly in terms of high cognitive and physical functioning together with avoiding diseases. In healthy elderly, falls represent an alarming accident both in terms of number of events and the consequent decrease in the quality of life. Stability control is a key approach for studying the genesis of falls, for detecting the event and trying to develop methodologies to prevent it. Wearable sensors have proved to be very useful in monitoring and analyzing the stability of subjects. Within this manuscript, a review of the approaches proposed in the literature for fall risk assessment, fall prevention and fall detection in healthy elderly is provided. The review has been carried out by using the most adopted publication databases and by defining a search strategy based on keywords and boolean algebra constructs. The analysis aims at evaluating the state of the art of such kind of monitoring, both in terms of most adopted sensor technologies and of their location on the human body. The review has been extended to both dynamic and static analyses. In order to provide a useful tool for researchers involved in this field, the manuscript also focuses on the tests conducted in the analyzed studies, mainly in terms of characteristics of the population involved and of the tasks used. Finally, the main trends related to sensor typology, sensor location and tasks have been identified. View Full-Text
Keywords: falls in healthy elderly; fall risk assessment; fall prevention; fall detection; wearable sensors falls in healthy elderly; fall risk assessment; fall prevention; fall detection; wearable sensors
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Rucco, R.; Sorriso, A.; Liparoti, M.; Ferraioli, G.; Sorrentino, P.; Ambrosanio, M.; Baselice, F. Type and Location of Wearable Sensors for Monitoring Falls during Static and Dynamic Tasks in Healthy Elderly: A Review. Sensors 2018, 18, 1613.

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