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Detecting meaningful change: Optimal aging with technology

Weniger 149
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Speaker Information
Dr. Jeffrey Kaye
Professor
Neurology and Biomedical Engineering
Oregon Health and Science University

Detecting meaningful change is a fundamental capacity needed for enabling proactive health care. Unfortunately, the methodologies currently used for achieving this goal rely on approaches that have not changed for decades with traditional clinical testing typically relying on brief, sporadic or intermittent testing or examinations relying on retrospective recall conducted primarily in clinics at times that are convenient for the examiner. Ubiquitous unobtrusive computing platforms and sensor enriched home environments provide the opportunity to transform this status quo, allowing real-time assessment of behavior and function freed from current constraints of time and space such that assessments can be conducted in the course of a person’s typical day in their natural home environment at multiple times or even continuously for some data types. This presentation will review relevant background and current developments toward the realization of scalable pervasive computing in healthcare exemplified by on ongoing work being pursued through the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology.

Speaker Bio

Jeffrey Kaye, MD, is Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) – Oregon Center for Aging and Technology (ORCATECH), Director of the NIA – Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, and Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering at Oregon Health and Science University. In addition, he also directs the Geriatric Neurology Program at the Portland Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Over the past two decades, Dr. Kaye’s research has focused on the question of why some individuals remain protected from frailty and dependency at advanced ages while others succumb at much earlier times. This work has relied on a number of biomarker techniques ranging across the fields of neuroimaging, continuous activity monitoring, and genetics. He leads several longitudinal studies on aging including the ongoing Oregon Brain Aging Study, established in 1989 and the Intelligent Systems for Detection of Aging Changes (ISAAC) study using ubiquitous, unobtrusive technologies for assessment of elders in their homes to detect changes signaling imminent decline of function. Dr. Kaye has received the Charles Dolan Hatfield Research Award for his work and is listed in Best Doctors in America. He serves on many national and international panels and review boards in the fields of geriatrics, neurology, and technology including as a commissioner for the Center for Aging Services and Technology, chair of the Technology Professional Interest Area workgroup for the National Alzheimer’s Association and on the Leadership Council of the Network on Environment, Services and Technologies for the American Society on Aging. He is an author of over 200 scientific publications and holds several major grant awards from federal agencies, national foundations, and industrial sponsors.