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AAIC 2023 | Addressing physical, emotional, and cognitive wellbeing with humanoid robots in dementia care homes

Arshia Khan, PhD, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, MN, and her team have been developing humanoid mobile robots to improve the quality of care and address worker shortages in nursing homes. In this video, Prof. Khan discusses some of the key capabilities of the robots, which are programmed to address physical, emotional/social, and cognitive wellbeing. The robots can lead exercise sessions, acting out movements and talking to residents. They also smile, tell jokes, dance, and engage with the residents. In the cognition domain, the robots are trained to administer certain therapies, such as reminiscence therapy, which has been shown to lead to improved attention among the residents. In care homes where the robots have been deployed, data has demonstrated improved satisfaction and quality of life among residents and staff feedback indicated that they had more time for their necessary jobs while robots engaged the patients. This interview took place at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC) 2023 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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