Development of Robotic Care for Older Adults with Dementia: Focus Group and Survey Study

Fengpei Yuan, Marie Boltz, Betsy Kemeny, Sharon Bowland, Kristina Wick, Xiaopeng Zhao

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The number of people with dementia has been growing worldwide. The cognitive deficits in people with dementia usually lead to lower independence and quality of life. Socially assistive robots (SARs) have demonstrated potential to assist dementia care and reduce workload in caregivers. To successfully and effectively develop robotic care for dementia, end-users are needed to continuously participate in the robot development lifecycle. In this paper, we discussed a focus group and survey study conducted with a group of nine older adults, including seven dementia caregivers, to investigate the acceptance of using SAR for dementia care and to identify potential concerns from the end-users’ perspective. Ongoing research ideas, designs and experiments related to SARs for dementia care were presented to the focus group along with demonstrations of various functions of a humanoid social robot Pepper. The results suggest overall positive attitudes and perceptions of older adults towards using SARs to assist dementia care. The group also made recommendations for future research in this field, such as addressing user interaction design challenges for people with dementia, pet-robot interaction, and potential decision-making issues by SARs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics - 14th International Conference, ICSR 2022, Proceedings
EditorsFilippo Cavallo, John-John Cabibihan, Laura Fiorini, Alessandra Sorrentino, Hongsheng He, Xiaorui Liu, Yoshio Matsumoto, Shuzhi Sam Ge
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783031246692
StatePublished - 2022
Event14th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2022 - Florence, Italy
Duration: Dec 13 2022Dec 16 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13818 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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