Robotic Researchers Developing Systems to Help Elderly Retain Health & Independence

Published by , February 20, 2017 12:02 pm

(AAAS) Researchers focused on the elderly are designing robots and cyber systems that do not do tasks for people, but instead keep the elderly active, safe and independent. Long-term care providers served about 9 million people in the United States in 2014, the majority of which were age 65 and older, according to the Center for Disease Control. The panelists are working to introduce robotic and cyber systems to help adults avoid such facilities.
Maja Mataric, a professor at the University of Southern California and co-director of its robotics lab, has developed a robotic assistant that can serve as a companion or a rehabilitation coach to allow the elderly and disabled to remain in their homes. “The issue of motivating people to do their own work is critical. When we do our own work, we live longer, we feel better.”

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