Vânia Guimarães

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Falling is a very serious problem for our society, as it affects one out of three older adults. Currently, this is a well-known problem and therefore multiple ICT-based solutions for falls management exist. In addition, a small part of them are said to help preventing falls, but most of the reviewed solutions doesn't seem to have their focus in reducing(More)
Falls are not an inevitable consequence of ageing. Several fall risk factors can be identified and effective fall prevention techniques applied, which offer an opportunity to reduce falls among older persons. In this paper, the smartphone is proposed as an alternative to traditional methods in the assessment of fall risk factors, including decline in(More)
According to statistics, one in every three adults ageing 65 or older falls every year. Every fall may lead to long-term consequences due to fractures or even neurological damages. These consequences have severe impact in their quality of life, independence and confidence, ultimately increasing the risk of early death. Moreover, the risk of falling(More)
Falls are a frequent occurrence in elderly population, contributing significantly to injuries and decreased quality of life. However, through evidence-based interventions for fall prevention, specific risk factors can be modified, offering an opportunity to reduce the number of falls among older persons. An enhanced knowledge of the nature of the risks is(More)
This paper presents REMPARK system, a novel approach to deal with Parkinson's Disease (PD). REMPARK system comprises two closed loops of actuation onto PD. The first loop consists in a wearable system that, based on a belt-worn movement sensor, detects movement alterations that activate an auditory cueing system controlled by a smartphone in order to(More)