International Journal of Social Robotics

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 565–573 | Cite as

Social and Assistive Robotics in Dementia Care: Ethical Recommendations for Research and Practice

  • Marcello IencaEmail author
  • Fabrice Jotterand
  • Constantin Vică
  • Bernice Elger


The steadily growing number of older adults with dementia worldwide poses a major challenge for global public health. The integration of robotics into both formal and informal dementia care opens up new possibilities for improving the life of patients and alleviating the burden on caregivers and the healthcare services. However, ethical, legal and social implications should be considered early in the development of assistive and social robots for dementia to prevent slow adoption, incorrect implementation and inappropriate use. This paper delineates the ethical landscape and provides recommendations for design and use aimed at protecting users and maximizing the benefit in assisting such vulnerable population.


Dementia Alzheimer’s disease Robotics Ethics Informed consent Recommendations 



The collaboration was made possible with the support received from Swiss National Science Foundation’s SCOPES Program, Grant No. IZ74Z0_160445.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Biomedical EthicsUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Rueckert-Hartman College for Health ProfessionsRegis UniversityDenverUSA
  3. 3.Research Center in Applied EthicsUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania

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