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The role of robots in population ageing

The role of robots in population ageing 2018-04-27
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Dr. Goldie Nejat

Robots are becoming increasingly popular around the world, particularly in Japan, as a tool in long-term care homes to help provide care to residents. In Tokyo, the long-term care home Shintomi uses a range of 20 different robots to provide different forms of care to residents. These range from an upright ‘tree’ to guide an unsteady resident, to a robot that leads an exercise group for residents. Some robots even deliver a scripted dialogue to help reduce social isolation among residents.

IFA Expert Prof Goldie Nejat specializes in developing robots in the field of ageing, among others. As the Founder and Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Lab at the University of Toronto, and holding a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Dr Nejat's highly credible skill in this area has established her as a world leader in this line of work.

Prof Nejat is aware of the challenges posed by an ageing population, such as a decrease in healthcare staff and increased need for caregivers. For these reasons, Prof Nejat works with other international experts to expand the horizon of possibilities for robotics in areas such as healthcare and long-term care.

To learn more about the role of robotics for an ageing population, contact IFA Expert Prof. Goldie Nejat through the IFA Expert Centre. In addition, consider attending the IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing, occurring from 8-10 August 2018 in Toronto, Ontario. Prof Nejat will be speaking on technology innovation and personal robots in the context of the future of healthy ageing and population ageing. Please visit for more information.

The Japan Times

Robots making inroads in japan's elder care facilities, but costs still high | the japan times

Paro the furry seal cries softly while an elderly woman pets it. pepper, a humanoid, waves while leading a seniors' exercise group. the upright tree guides

The Japan Times