Can robots improve the quality of life in people with dementia?

Elizabeth Broadbent, Ho Seok Ahn, Ngaire Kerse, Kathy Peri, Craig Sutherland, Mikaela Law, Bruce MacDonald, Geon Ha Kim, Miguel Salichs, Dympna Casey, Megan Burke, Sally Whelan, Adam Santorelli, Aisling Dolan, Eva Barrett, Kathy Murphy, Keith Cortis, Tanja Kovacic, Christos Kouroupetroglou, Massimiliano RacitiAlessandro Russo, Geoff Pegman, Peter Ford Dominey, Jocelyne Ventre-Dominey, Victor Paléologue, Amit Kumar Pandey

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Dementia refers to a group of neuro-degenerative disorders that cause significant impairments to quality of life and difficulties performing activities of daily living. This symposium brings together representatives from four independent international research teams from Europe and the Asia/Pacific region. The speakers bring together perspectives from psychology, computer science, engineering, and nursing, to share the latest research on how robotic technologies may be able to assist people with dementia. The first speaker presents a survey of system requirements to assist a person with early stage of dementia to stay at home, followed by development and testing of service scenarios implemented on a robot. The second speaker focuses on robots that provide cognitive stimulation for people with dementia, and presents results from tests in real world settings with older patients. The third speaker focuses on how companion robots may help relieve the problem of social isolation in people with dementia, with results from a pre-post study on loneliness and quality of life. The last speaker describes a narrative memory companion to assist people with dementia to remember people and events. Together these four separate projects showcase how robots are being developed to assist with different aspects of dementia, and demonstrates results concerning their acceptability and impact when interacting with people.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Technology, Mind, and Society Conference, TechMindSociety 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450354202
StatePublished - 5 Apr 2018
Event2018 Technology, Mind, and Society Conference, TechMindSociety 2018 - Washington, United States
Duration: 5 Apr 20187 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference2018 Technology, Mind, and Society Conference, TechMindSociety 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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  • Cognitive stimulation
  • Companion
  • Dementia
  • Loneliness
  • Memory
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Quality of life
  • Robots


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