Use of social robots in dementia care – online event

A free online workshop to discover how social robots are being used in dementia care is set to be hosted by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI).

The event -‘Using Social Robots in Dementia Care – Current Challenges and Future Possibilities’ – to be held in collaboration with NUI Galway and IT Sligo, will also explore how social robots may be used in future care models in Ireland.

The workshop will be of interest to social carers, family or informal carers looking after somebody with dementia, as well as healthcare policy makers and technologists working in this field.

The session also 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.

The ASI brought the social robot, Paro, to Ireland for the first time in 2018 to help with the delivery of person-centred care at our Orchard Day Care Centre in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Paro is an advanced interactive therapeutic robot and registered medical device. Paro is proven to reduce stress, increase socialisation, stimulate interaction and improve relaxation and motivation for people with dementia.

Taking place on via Zoom on Wednesday, 20th January (9.30am-2.30pm), members of the public can get their free ticket via the Eventbrite page –  registration by Friday, 15th January.