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Mobility and the indicators of decline

Declining mobility is something we all go through at some point in our lives as we age and our bodies become frailer. One’s mobility is a strong indicator of the level of decline they’re exhibiting as the first signs of declining mobility are generally the most physically noticeable ones.

A short checklist of behaviours to keep an eye on may include:

  • Walking slower than normal, taking longer to move around the house.

  • Spending longer in seated positions and/or struggling to rise up from them.

  • Reduced physical activity and/or increased sedentary behaviour (spending longer in bed or in a chair).

  • Staying in or at home alone.

There may be several underlying causes for diminished mobility and movement, but the ability to identify the early signs can help in the long run. For caregivers especially, it's important to learn and understand the symptoms so their loved one stays safe, mobile and independent for as long as possible.

MySense uses the data gathered to: aid the diagnosis of these symptoms, spot signs of decline in users as well as monitor the rate of decline. MySense has sophisticated models in place to advise caregivers of signs of increasing decline that may need some intervention. Patterns such as increased time in bed or chair, reduction of time spent out of the house and taking longer to transition between Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), amongst others are used to highlight these changes. 

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