Social Robotics in Dementia Care: Current Challenges & Future Possibilities

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This workshop will describe how social robots are being used in dementia care, and will explore how they may be utilised in the future

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The population of Europe is ageing rapidly, thus, the number of people who will be diagnosed with dementia is going to increase over the coming years. Consequently, it is now necessary to explore various care models including the potential of using social robots to support people living with dementia. Given the current Covid-19 pandemic, this workshop is more timely and relevant than ever before.

This workshop is part of the Erasmus+ funded Prospero project and one of the key aims of Prospero is to examine and devise new ways of teaching future care professionals about how social robots can be used. The Prospero project partners include third-level education institutes in; Ireland (Institute of Technology Sligo, National University of Ireland Galway), Denmark (VIA University), Spain (Valencia University), The Netherlands (University of Twente) and Poland (University of Lower Silesia). It also comprises of two partners with experience of using social robots in care settings, within Ireland (The Alzheimer Society of Ireland) and Denmark (Municipality of Holstebro).

This workshop should be relevant to a wide range of people including but not limited to:

  • social care professionals and social care students
  • carers of people with dementia
  • nurses and nursing students
  • experts in dementia care
  • roboticists and / or technologists
  • policy makers in the fields of health and social care
  • educators and academics

This workshop will describe how social robots are currently used in dementia care and will explore how they may be utilised in the future. In the morning sessions, the National University of Ireland and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland will be sharing their experiences of using different social robots with people with dementia, including challenges encountered. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers and participant involvement after each presentation.

The afternoon session aims to ignite a discussion where participants can share their experiences and views in relation to how we may use social robots in dementia care in the future and what they see as potential benefits and risks of increasing use of such robots.

Frequently Asked Questions

What date is the workshop?

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 20th January 2021 starting at 9.30am and finishing at 2.30pm with a short comfort break.

How much does it cost to attend?

The workshop is FREE to attend.

How is the workshop being delivered?

The workshop will be a virtual event and it will be delivered via Zoom.

How do I book my place at the Workshop?

Get your FREE ticket on the Eventbrite page. Please register by 15th January 2021

How will I join the workshop?

1. Once you register for the event you will get a confirmatory email. Then on or before 19th January we will send those who have registered a link to the Zoom meeting and any other information required to join the workshop.

2. To join the event, you will need to click on the secure link to this online Zoom workshop.

Who should attend the workshop?

The workshop is aimed at a wide audience. Participants may have an interest in dementia and social care, social care practice, quality standards in social and dementia care, pedagogy of social care, the regulation of social and dementia care. Therefore we would expect participants will have the following backgrounds:

• social care professionals and social care students

• Carers of people with dementia

• Nurses and nursing students

• Experts in dementia care

• Policy makers in the fields of health and social care and

• Regulatory bodies in health and social care

• Teachers and educators in the fields of dementia, health and social care

• Roboticists and technologists

What information do I need to provide to register?

We will need your name, email address, job role and the organisation you may work for. Attendees will also be asked if they are a student and if so, what course they are studying.

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When you register for this event ASI can then access your personal data and send you details of the Zoom meeting address and further instructions.

Due to funder requirements, ASI is required to keep a record of attendees. Any individual that registers but does not subsequently attend the event will be deleted from this list

This workshop is funded by Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education.

Grant Agreement 2018-1-IE02-KA203-000611

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