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The use of socially assistive robots in the design of intelligent cognitive therapies for people with dementia

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3 Author(s)
Tapus, A. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA ; Tapus, C. ; Mataric, M.J.

Currently the 2 percent growth rate for the world's older population exceeds the 1.2 rate for the world's population as a whole. By 2050, the number of individuals over the age 85 is projected to be three times more than there is today. Most of these individuals will need physical, emotional, and cognitive assistance. In this paper, we present a new adaptive robotic system based on the socially assistive robotics (SAR) technology that tries to provide a customized help protocol through motivation, encouragements, and companionship to users suffering from cognitive changes related to aging and/or Alzheimer's disease. Our results show that this approach can engage the patients and keep them interested in interacting with the robot, which, in turn, increases their positive behavior.

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Rehabilitation Robotics, 2009. ICORR 2009. IEEE International Conference on

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23-26 June 2009