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Robots for Elderly Care

by IEEE

This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas healthcare technology really took the centre stage. From wearable tech to mHealth and robot doctors, health and wellbeing tech has never featured like this before.

Antonio Espingardeiro, member of the IEEE, Robotics inventor and researcher has been building a robo-nurse for the elderly called P37 and has carried out extensive research into how using robot technology can benefit the elderly in both body and mind. Below he talks us through some of the uses that Socially Assistive Robots (SARs) like P37 could carry out:

I see a huge potential for Socially Assistive Robots (SARs). According to a recent parliamentary survey, by 2050 there will be 19 million people over the age of 65, which is almost double today’s figure. This scenario will see a lack of young people and resources to assist elderly people and provide efficient supervision schemes throughout the ageing process. As a consequence the care system will have to adjust accordingly to the needs of vulnerable groups such as the elderly.

Read more: Robots for Elderly Care — Urban Times.

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