According to the CDC, nearly 30% of Americans over the age of 65 experience a fall annually. In fact, over 2 million older Americans require an emergency room visit every year because of fall-related injuries.
Falls are the leading cause of injury and injury-related death in older adults and are incredibly costly, with over $50 billion spent annually on non-fatal and fatal falls combined.
The CDC recommends fall-risk screening annually. However, screening is underutilized and not routinely integrated into clinical practice.
1) over-reliance on subjective measurement
2) lack of cost-effective assessment technology
3) clinical time constraints
Mobility requires efficient interaction of musculo-skeletal and sensory systems (especially visual, somatosensory, and vestibular) to control everyday movements, and these systems are known to be compromised in aging and linked to cognitive status.
Our established system and methods for quantifying multisensory interactions demonstrates clear clinical-translational value with regards to predicting motor outcomes like falls.
Our plan is to provide a standardized and mobile multisensory screening test that is quick, easy, affordable and accessible. Much like the newly implemented cognitive screening test for seniors, we propose that seniors receive a CatchU assessment annually, during wellness visits, in an effort to assess sensory integration and mobility functioning in seniors. Those at higher risks of falls and other mobility impairments will receive tailored recommendations from their physicians. Our goal is to have this service be fully-covered by health insurance companies.