Project

Designing social robots for older adults

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Personal Robots

Personal Robots

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The increasing geographical separation and technological divide between generations have made it more difficult for older adults to interact with their families. Most countries are projected to see their 65 and older population surpass the number of people under the age of 15 by 2050. The limitations of current aging assisting solutions, the increased social and emotional toll on caregivers, and the inability of institutions to create structural solutions in a timely manner calls for a paradigm shift in the way we approach aging.

As researchers, designers, and family members, we view aging as a natural progression of life and think about how we could aid this process for our future selves while preparing the fullest possible experience of life.

As these new meanings of age, aged, and aging are re-negotiated at a personal and collective level, the main goal of this research initiative is to study aging adults’ daily living assistance, social and emotional needs, and intergenerational connection while exploring the optimized modalities for embodied agents to successfully deliver these interactions.

The increasing geographical separation and technological divide between generations have made it more difficult for older adults to interact with their families. Most countries are projected to see their 65 and older population surpass the number of people under the age of 15 by 2050. The limitations of current aging assisting solutions, the increased social and emotional toll on caregivers, and the inability of institutions to create structural solutions in a timely manner calls for a paradigm shift in the way we approach aging.

As researchers, designers, and family members, we view aging as a natural progression of life and think about how we could aid this process for our future selves while preparing the fullest possible experience of life.

As these new meanings of age, aged, and aging are re-negotiated at a personal and collective level, the main goal of this research initiative is to study aging adults’ daily living assistance, social and emotional needs, and intergenerational connection while exploring the optimized modalities for embodied agents to successfully deliver these interactions.