Status of Robotics in Geriatrics
The field of robotics in geriatrics is characterized by diversity and a different complexity of the
devices. Most of the identified models can be classified into three groups according
to their functions:
1. Training aids and aids for movement, for the purpose of mobility and autonomy
2. Devices which complement or facilitate people's life, or which can serve as
their physical proxy
3. Devices which accompany and interact with people
The majority of the devices are still in the development and testing phase and
only to some extent employed in practice.
Innovation in the field of technology is a substantial driver for new applications in
health care. Technical feasibility and economic efficiency, however, are not the
only factors in the introduction of robotic devices. Acceptance on the part of the
involved stakeholders plays a significant role, an acceptance that is influenced by
cultural background, legal and ethical considerations as well as social, psychological
and individual factors. Read more...