Medicine » Orthopedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Engineering

Edited by Tan Yen Kheng, ISBN 978-953-307-023-0, 288 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published December 01, 2009 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/58813

Population ageing has major consequences and implications in all areas of our daily life as well as other important aspects, such as economic growth, savings, investment and consumption, labour markets, pensions, property and care from one generation to another. Additionally, health and related care, family composition and life-style, housing and migration are also affected. Given the rapid increase in the aging of the population and the further increase that is expected in the coming years, an important problem that has to be faced is the corresponding increase in chronic illness, disabilities, and loss of functional independence endemic to the elderly (WHO 2008). For this reason, novel methods of rehabilitation and care management are urgently needed. This book covers many rehabilitation support systems and robots developed for upper limbs, lower limbs as well as visually impaired condition. Other than upper limbs, the lower limb research works are also discussed like motorized foot rest for electric powered wheelchair and standing assistance device.