Geriatric Engineering is the science of applying engineering concepts to solve mechanical and control systems deficiencies that arise as people age and aplying these to assistive living environments extending independent living. The textbook starts with an introduction to the field of human aging. It examines how human aging is viewed and how society responds to the issues of aging. This is followed by an introduction to system design techniques of assistive technologies to foster independent living. Additional sections include primers on microprocessor and sensors interfacing to facilitate these deigns, as well as wound care and ostomy maintenance issues to ensure independent living.
Gerontology. Introduction to Gerontology. The Demographics of Aging. The Phenomenon of Aging. Aging Process. Exploring Life Extension. Generational Differences. Societal Attitudes toward Old Age. Aging in the New Millennium. The Health Care System in United States. Retirement: American Dream or Dilemma?. Caring for Aging Parents. The Experience of Dying. Legal and Ethical Issues.
Geriatric Engineering. Introduction to System Design. System characterization: . Automation Techniques for Intelligent Environments. Research Techniques for focus groups for aging populations. Costs and resources of home living vs assistive environments. . Subsystem model development: . Optimization and exploration techniques. Introduction to robust design. Implementation Issues and Real World Applications (Part I). Implementation issues: (Part II). Future Assistive Technologies.
Microprocessor-Sensor Integration. Introduction to Python Programming. Sensors. Introduction to the Arduino Microprocessor. Arduino Programming Examples. Introduction to the Raspberry PI2. Raspberry Pi2 programming examples. Programming the Integrated Living Environment(ILE). Merging the ILE with Electronic Health Records.