People often associate robots with science fiction movies, where the machines take over humanity. What if robots could help us instead?
Global demographic changes including an overall ageing population is causing a decline in the traditional caregiver pool, and there is the need to identify new innovative ways to care for the elderly while keeping them engaged, and “social robots” are one of the solutions currently being researched and explored.
Some countries are already very accepting of robot assisted health-care, South-Korea and Japan for example, where robots have been recognized as “lyashi” (healing), while this trend still needs to take off in Western countries.
A literature review from 2013, exploring the concepts of robotics and dementia care, found out that while much of the research done until then was quite limited, it undoubtedly shows a lot of promise for the future.