Will Robots Be A Part of Your Future Caregiving Team?

Wed, Jun 15, 11:00 AM (MDT)


Anyone connected with the world of caregiving for older adults knows we are at a critical juncture with a growing population of older adults who need help as they age and a declining population of younger people who can care for them. Addressing this caregiving gap is important. Certainly, older adults are living longer and healthier lives; yet the majority of older adults will need a caregiver at some point in their lives.

Beyond the fact that there is a caregiver shortage, there are other serious concerns tied to caregiving. For formal (paid) and informal (non-paid) caregivers, there are economic and physiological impacts. Depending on the circumstances and the caregiver, stress levels can be high. There is evidence that the health of the caregiver can be negatively impacted as well. Could robots play a role in supporting both caregivers and older adults?

Dr. Arishia Khan, a professor of computer science at the University of Minnesota Duluth, will share more about her research focused on utilizing robots in nursing homes. Dr. Alexis Elder, a philosophy professor, and ethicist will highlight the ethical issues that are raised with using robots to care for older adults. And Kimberly Class, Quality Improvement Nurse Specialist, Minnesota Department of Human Services, will share why the state is interested in this project and funding it!

Check out this article to learn more - Can Robots Save Nursing Homes? This is an article in the New York Times and may require a subscription to access it. 


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    Karen Brown

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