On Wednesday 12 October 2016 PSI and the Council on the Ageing ACT (COTA) agreed to work together to see whether the LED Sensormat™ could be used to measure the balance of older people.
Rather than run special events, it was agreed to piggyback on things that were already happening at the COTA premises.
The first occasion on which the sensor mat was tested was after a heart health exercise class involving 17 participants who all stood on the mat.
The results were promising, and seemed to indicate that the mat was measuring the balance of the people.
Most of the people who stood on the mat had low scores, indicating good balance. A handful of people had higher scores, suggesting that they had problems with their balance, confirmed by self-reported health conditions.