Leveraging robotics to ease the long-term care crisis

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  • Gayle Pilling says:

    I am 90 and have an I phone. an I pad, A smart TV , an HP Printer and a Dell desk top Computer.
    I also have a Geek Squad contract which is absolutely necessary to get me up and running after i have made too many mistakes. I am slow but use them all the time . I zoom with friends in Australia and Facetime with relatives in BC on Whats ap. Facebook defeats me

  • Bob Parke says:

    I am looking forward to re-reading this article and sharing it. I highly value what has been written about the value of robotics as highlighted. Robotics has the opportunity to make environments safer for residents, staff and visitors. They can potentially do some functions where staff are needed like transfers from bed to chair etc. Which helps with the health of the resident from hygiene, breathing, eating and preventing bed sores. Certainly as said there is “no replacement for hugs, kisses and hand holding.” Yet in a time of being isolated a robotic method of connecting residents and families can be so helpful. If I recall correctly a home in the U.S. has a robot with the ability for family to direct it to the residents room and make the audio-visual connection with the resident who may not be able to. Lastly are there not examples of pet like robots who seniors have access to in Japan that are also helping reduce the negative impacts of social isolation. I hope that there is some uptake on this article.


Alex Mihailidis


Alex Mihailidis is CEO and scientific co-director of the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence and professor of Biomedical Engineering and associate vice president for International Partnerships at the University of Toronto.

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