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Maturitas. 2013 Jan;74(1):14-20. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.10.015. Epub 2012 Nov 21.

Use of social commitment robots in the care of elderly people with dementia: a literature review.

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Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Elaine.Mordoch@ad.umanitoba.ca

Abstract

Globally, the population of elderly people is rising with an increasing number of people living with dementias. This trend is coupled with a prevailing need for compassionate caretakers. A key challenge in dementia care is to assist the person to sustain communication and connection to family, caregivers and the environment. The use of social commitment robots in the care of people with dementia has intriguing possibilities to address some of these care needs. This paper discusses the literature on the use of social commitment robots in the care of elderly people with dementia; the contributions to care that social commitment robots potentially can make and the cautions around their use. Future directions for programs of research are identified to further the development of the evidence-based knowledge in this area.

PMID:
23177981
DOI:
10.1016/j.maturitas.2012.10.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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