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Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction

Volume 6974 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 578-587

Investigating the Suitability of Social Robots for the Wellbeing of the Elderly

  • Suzanne HutsonAffiliated withLancaster UniversityUCLIC, University College
  • , Soo Ling LimAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityDepartment of Computer Science, University College
  • , Peter J. BentleyAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityDepartment of Computer Science, University College
  • , Nadia Bianchi-BerthouzeAffiliated withLancaster UniversityUCLIC, University College
  • , Ann BowlingAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityDepartment of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University College

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Abstract

This study aims to understand if, and how, social robots can promote wellbeing in the elderly. The existing literature suggests that social robots have the potential to improve wellbeing in the elderly, but existing robots focus more on healthcare and healthy behaviour among the elderly. This work describes a new investigation based on focus groups and home studies, in which we produced a set of requirements for social robots that reduce loneliness and improve psychological wellbeing among the elderly. The requirements were validated with the participants of our study. We anticipate that the results of this work will lead to the design of a new social robot more suited to improving wellbeing of the elderly.

Keywords

Wellbeing elderly social robots