Cutting-edge research impacts lives

Residents of TigerPlace may volunteer to participate in cutting-edge research designed to keep them as healthy and independent as possible.  A joint effort of The University of Missouri Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology (CERT) and the Sinclair School of Nursing, the research involves imbedded sensors in apartments which can record and report changes in an individual’s physical condition or gait, thus warning of potential health complications including a possible fall risk.

    A five-year study found TigerPlace residents who lived with sensors had an average length of stay of 4.3 years as compared to 2.6 years among residents living without sensors.  The national median for time older adults spend in senior housing is 1.8 years, according to previous research.