ith increasing numbers of older people and a shortage of skilled labor, social robots have emerged as tools to bridge the gap and provide services to support independent living and improve quality of life for ageing populations.
Ageing populations may have difficulty keeping themselves busy and active, and companionships can encourage many elderly users to participate in daily activities. This is particularly true if they are retired and live alone. Leading a secluded life can lead to a lack of desire to keep their home clean, prepare proper meals, and take care of themselves. This could lead to depression or the inability to socialize. This project aims to develop ‘ageing companions’ that are designed to keep elders active, independent and engaged. The first prototype focuses on the scope of medication reminders and wellbeing.