Social robots for older users: a possibility to support assessment and social interventions

Daniela Conti, Alessandro G. Di Nuovo, Santo Di Nuovo
2019 Symposium on Psychology-Based Technologies  
In the last decades, various researches in the field of robotics have created numerous opportunities for innovative support of the older population. The goal of this work was to review and highlight how social robots can help the daily life of older people, and be useful also as assessment tools. We will underline the aspects of usability and acceptability of robotic supports in the psychosocial work with older persons. The actual usability of the system influences the perception of the ease of
more » ... use only when the user has no or low experience, while expert users' perception is related to their attitude towards the robot. This finding should be more deeply analysed because it may have a strong influence on the design of future interfaces for elderly-robot interaction. Robots can play an important role to tackle the societal challenge of the growing older population. The authors report some recent studies with older users, where it was demonstrated that the acceptability of robotics during daily life activities, and also in cognitive evaluation, could be supported by social robots.
dblp:conf/psychobit/ContiNN19 fatcat:7psvgef6zjcelchlu2zp3igkri