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EPSRC Reference: GR/R26856/01
Title: Intergration of Biomechanical and Psychological Parameters of Functional Performance of Older Adults Into a New Cad Package For Inclusive Design
Principal Investigator: Nicol, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Macdonald, Professor A Conway, Professor BA Grealy, Professor M
Rowe, Dr P
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Project Partners:
Age UK Glasgow City Council The Abbeyfield Society (Glasgow)
University of Strathclyde
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2001 Ends: 30 June 2005 Value (£): 347,363
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design & Testing Technology Design Processes
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare
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This project will investigate three important factors which affect the functional performance of older adults. Firstly, the combinations and interdependency of range of motion, strength and fatigue will be measured at specific joints for 3 age groups (60's, 70's, 80+ yrs.). Secondly, the subjects' perceived ability to perform daily tasks will be assessed using psychological tests. Thirdly, three dimensional biomechanical measurements will be made as the subjects perform a range of functional tasks involving lower limbs and/or upper limbs (walking, stair negotiation, chair use, car entry/exit, washing, eating etc.). The results from these three measurement programmes will produce a database of functional capacity for the three age groups of older adult and will be used to develop a design package which will enable designers of new products to test if the product can be used effectively by older adults in terms of cognitive function, limb motion, strength and endurance.
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