Can Robots Act as Caregivers to
By Hypatia Gutierrez
Prepared for HUMU-250:Digital Humanities
Instructor: Dr. Borrego
Dementia is not a specific disease.
It affects thinking skills and causes
severe memory loss.
Although it most commonly affects ages
over 65, it is not a normal part of aging.
Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for 60 to
80 percent of all Dementia cases.
There are 5.2 million Alzheimer’s patients in
the United States alone.
The cost of caring for dementia patients was
estimated at $203 billion in June 2013.
The most common caregiver for dementia
patients a family members.
In 2012, more that 15 million people
acted as caregivers for Alzheimer’s
That is an estimated 17 billion hours of
Which translates to approximately $216
billion worth of care.
We could replace all the unpaid caregivers with robots?
Developed by the University of Tokyo
It was designed to assist the elderly in
The eyes are actually wide-angle camera
It uses image recognition software to
help locate lost items
Mamoru is capable of providing reminders
and recognizes when a patient has already
Created by Researchers of the Smart
Home Foundation as part of the
Designed to assist elderly people who
suffer from Mild Cognitive Impairment
It is compatible with other Smart Home
features and is connected to a remote
“The developed care robot acts as a coach and
companion, and supports the user by means
of suggestions, encouragements and
reminders on a physical, cognitive and social
level. Think about offering structure by
eating and drinking suggestions and
medicines reminders, proposing activities
such as going for a walk, playing a game, or
calling someone, and reminding about
appointments and tasks.”
-Herjan van den Heuvel of Smart Homes
Robots can potentially care for Dementia
patients by providing:
Assistance with daily activities
Emergency Communication Assistance
The future technology of care-giving robots
can solve the problem of family members
having to provide care to their elderly
relatives at such great sacrifice.