Monitoring and detection of agitation in dementia: towards real-time and big-data solutions
Document typeConference report
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Rights accessOpen Access
The changing demographic profile of the population has potentially challenging social, geopolitical, and financial consequences for individuals, families, the wider society, and governments globally. The demographic change will result in a rapidly growing elderly population with healthcare implications which importantly include Alzheimer type conditions (a leading cause of dementia). Dementia requires long term care to manage the negative behavioral symptoms which are primarily exhibited in terms of agitation and aggression as the condition develops. This paper considers the nature of dementia along with the issues and challenges implicit in its management. The Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) are introduced with factors (precursors) to the onset of agitation and aggression. Independent living is considered, health monitoring and implementation in context-aware decision-support systems is discussed with consideration of data analytics. Implicit in health monitoring are technical and ethical constraints, we briefly consider these constraints with the ability to generalize to a range of medical conditions. We postulate that health monitoring offers exciting potential opportunities however the challenges lie in the effective realization of independent assisted living while meeting the ethical challenges, achieving this remains an open research question remains.
CitationMoore, P. [et al.]. Monitoring and detection of agitation in dementia: towards real-time and big-data solutions. A: International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing. "Eighth International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC), 2013: 28-30 Oct. 2013, Compiègne, France: proceedings". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2013, p. 128-135.