Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS)

Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS)

Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) is a program of collaborative research between Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the B.C. Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, and the Fraser Health Authority for the development of innovative technologies to prevent hip fractures and other fall-related injuries in older adults.

Our efforts are supported by $2.5M of team grants from CIHR, and involve an integrated set of research and demonstration projects in two participating long-term care (LTC) living facilities. Collectively, these projects address two fundamental barriers to preventing fall-related injuries in older adults: (1) the need to develop technologies (such as wearable sensors and video-based networks) for reliably detecting falls, and providing objective, real-time data on the cause and circumstances of these events; and (2) the need to develop, implement, and evaluate improved technologies (such as compliant flooring and active wearable hip protectors) for reducing the risk for injury in the event of a fall.

Lead PI: Stephen Robinovitch