Ageing is generally associated with a decrease in mobility and social interaction and this decrease can be dependent upon various health and social factors. The aim of this project was to utilise an innovative method for mapping the mobility of the oldest-old members of an existing 20 year longitudinal study of ageing.
The project drew upon activity monitoring methods and combined these with data from state-of-art location-aware technologies in order to develop new metrics. These were then used to describe the relationship between mobility and physical and mental well-being.
The project worked with a local company using GPS location awareness devices in order to track the movements of a group of older adults while eliciting their privacy concerns around such forms of personal monitoring.