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Who will look after the elderly? Home alone, with family or with robots?

To think that the young can look after their elderly parents my sound good on paper however Japan is also experiencing the challenges of such a solution. In Japan many people have experienced the mental strain of family members looking after the aged particularly with the dementia, and the strain on the labour market as people have to quit their jobs to look after their ageing parents.

http://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/06/02/17/the-dementia-timebomb-ageing-japan-faces-healthcare-crisis

In the latest Japanese census more and more people were shown to be living alone. In an editorial from the Japanese Times they reported that “The number of elderly people aged 65 or older accounts for 26.7 percent of the 127.11 million total population, up 3.7 percentage points from five years ago, a summary report of the 2015 national census shows”

Japan has explored for some years the concept of using robots in the care program of careing for the elderly. Often people will immediately picture a robot replacing the nurse. However even care robots that take can take the form of a domestic pet can give comfort to the elderly person or stimulate the individual reducing the drug dependence of the elderly. On a TV clip from the Financial Times from btrax.com they look at the breadth of the potential uses of robotics in the care of the elderly.

This article was attributed and provided by PG International

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