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Robotics to enable older adults to remain living at home

Pearce, Alan J., Adair, Brooke, Miller, Kimberly, Ozanne, Elizabeth, Said, Catherine, Santamaria, Nick and Morris, Meg E. 2012, Robotics to enable older adults to remain living at home, Journal of aging research, vol. 2012, pp. 1-10.

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Title Robotics to enable older adults to remain living at home
Author(s) Pearce, Alan J.
Adair, Brooke
Miller, Kimberly
Ozanne, Elizabeth
Said, Catherine
Santamaria, Nick
Morris, Meg E.
Journal name Journal of aging research
Volume number 2012
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 2090-2204
2090-2212
Summary Given the rapidly ageing population, interest is growing in robots to enable older people to remain living at home. We conducted a systematic review and critical evaluation of the scientific literature, from 1990 to the present, on the use of robots in aged care. The key research questions were as follows: (1) what is the range of robotic devices available to enable older people to remain mobile, independent, and safe? and, (2) what is the evidence demonstrating that robotic devices are effective in enabling independent living in community dwelling older people? Following database searches for relevant literature an initial yield of 161 articles was obtained. Titles and abstracts of articles were then reviewed by 2 independent people to determine suitability for inclusion. Forty-two articles met the criteria for question 1. Of these, 4 articles met the criteria for question 2. Results showed that robotics is currently available to assist older healthy people and people with disabilities to remain independent and to monitor their safety and social connectedness. Most studies were conducted in laboratories and hospital clinics. Currently limited evidence demonstrates that robots can be used to enable people to remain living at home, although this is an emerging smart technology that is rapidly evolving.
Notes This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Alan J. Pearce et al.
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