At least one in four people will be aged over 65 by 2050 in about two-thirds of OECD countries (OECD (2015), Ageing: Debate the Issues).
Are we ready to face this thing? Not only in economic terms, we have to think also healthcare for elderly.
Several realities are creating technological aids that help the elder in one or more particular situations.
Robotics will certainly play a major role in solving theese problems and situations.
Robobear, the robot born at the Japan Riken Institute, allows gently lifting old or sick lying on a bed or sitting on a wheelchair, or allows helping people walking.
This is an aid not only for individual patients in their homes, but also in for hospitals or rest homes.
There are then robots that do not affect the motor skills of patients, but they help them by suggesting the activities to be done and the medicines to take, holding company to the elder and much more. For example ElliQ.
These are certainly not the only examples, but their use is still not massive, but limited and little known, often also due to high prices when compared with the availability of buying this age range.
But soon they will become familiar tools such as the TV or the phone and will help people in carrying out many daily tasks.
Research, however, does not have to be stopped, there are a lot of issues related to aging, and we will need more and more products designed and thought out for this audience, having usability as dominant feature.
The products have to be created for people, and for this reason there is an interaction need between product designers and engineers and different figures such as doctors and physiotherapist, and between these people and figures that want to buy ideas.
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