The largest and most rigorous social robot study ever undertaken has shown a positive albeit modest effect on agitation in people with dementia, according to the lead researcher.
An engaging, attractive and colourful interface, an element of challenge and skill mastery plus continual feedback have been identified as key feartures of a successful virtual reality experience for people with dementia.
New research is investigating the experience of people with dementia under a consumer directed aged care model.
Researchers from Griffith University are looking for people with dementia and a family member to volunteer for a new trial that will gather their views on telepresence robots in dementia care.
AUDIO: There is a place for service and social robots in Australian aged care but they must be fit for the purpose, Professor Wendy Moyle told the NEWSROOM at the ACSA National Conference.
Researchers from Griffith University have applied for funding for a follow up study which aims to prove the cost effectiveness of animal robots in the treatment of dementia.