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Research looks into seniors' views on robot helpers

Posted by RHHAdmin on Sep 12, 2012 8:29:00 AM

Although home health care is available to seniors who have difficulty completing day-to-day activities, researchers are looking into the potential of having robots help out around the house as well.

According to new research out of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, robots may be able to help seniors complete everyday tasks, but scientists want to determine how willing an older individual may be to let robots into their home.

The study's authors noted that while groups of seniors between the ages of 65 and 93 were open to the idea of robot helpers for some things, the seniors preferred having a human provide personal care services such as dressing and bathing.

"There are many misconceptions about older adults having negative attitudes toward robots," said researcher Cory-Ann Smarr. "The older adults we interviewed were very enthusiastic and optimistic about robots in their everyday lives. Although they were positive, they were still discriminating with their preferences for robot assistance."

Robots are still far off in terms of becoming a household helper, and seniors who are having problems now may want to consider hiring a home health care aid to assist them in their day-to-day life.

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