Research Opportunity wearing a Smart Watch Wellbeing Monitor

Are you over 65 with a new or existing health concern? Here is a great opportunity to help science research by wearing an innovative smart watch. Details are within the graphic below:

As part of their involvement in an EU funded project: Seas2Grow*, the Positive Ageing Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Care UK are currently conducting research on an innovative smart watch, and they would like to invite you to participate!

Why are they doing this research?

Anglia Ruskin University and Care UK want to know what it’s like to use a smart watch designed to monitor a person’s wellbeing, from an older adult’s point of view.  The results of the study will help to inform further development of the product.  It will also help Anglia Ruskin University to build research evidence on the usefulness of innovative technologies for older adults.  

What do I need to do?

  • Be able to wear and test the smart watch for six weeks.  
  • Fill out a questionnaire before and after the study. 
  • Take a phone call twice during the six weeks from the researchers who will ask you some questions about your experiences with the smart watch. 
  • Nominate another person (such as a friend or relative) to download an app.
  • Keep a note of if/when any alerts are generated by the smart watch.  

Can I take part? 

If you meet all of these criteria you are eligible to join: 

  • You are 65 or over.
  • You are have a new, or existing, health or mobility concern that you would like to keep a closer eye on e.g., palpitations, balance problems, risk of falls, a recent health problem.  (A concern is personal to you and does not need to have been officially diagnosed). 
  • You are familiar with how to use a smart phone. 
  • You are living independently in your own home or in supported housing.
  • You can walk and move around, with or without a stick or other walking aid.  
  • You are able to identify another person with a smartphone (such as friend or relative) who is able to download an app which they can receive alerts from the smart watch to. 

Unfortunately, if you meet any of the below criteria you are not eligible to join the study:

  • You are have cognitive impairments (e.g. dementia), severe visual impairments (e.g. blindness), or communicative difficulties (e.g. non-English speaking). 
  • You do not have access to a reliable mobile phone signal in your area.
  • You have a cardiac implantable electronic device that can affect heart rate/rhythm (e.g., permanent pacemakers).

If you are interested in taking part in the research or would like further details please get in contact with the research team at: 

[email protected], or by contacting the researchers Dr Pamela Knight-Davidson (01245 684122) or Nicola Gillin (01245 684188) by phone.