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Robot deployment in long-term care for elderly

Can robots be implemented in long-term care for elderly with cognitive impairment?

The aging of the population increases pressure on healthcare systems to provide care that is both affordable and meets the needs of elderly. Integrating information technology holds promise in supporting caregiving processes, such as providing medication reminders or encouraging elderly to participate in preventative therapy. While assistive technology for elderly has made big advancements in the last few years, there are a number of challenges when implementing technology into the field.  

This study shows promising results for the implementation of a robot in long-term care for elderly with cognitive impairment. However, challenges such as the navigation of the robot around humans and the suitability of the interaction design for varying needs of caregivers and patients need to be addressed.

> From: Gerling et al., Z Gerontol Geriat 49 (2017-10-09 07:00:26) 288-297 . All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the online summary.

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