A conversational robotic approach to dementia symptoms: Measuring its effect on older adults

Ryuji Yamazaki, Hiroko Kase, Shuichi Nishio, Hiroshi Ishiguro

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of robotic mediation in promoting conversation of older adults with dementia for improving behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). In the longitudinal study, we explored how the BPSD in older adults could be affected by use of a teleoperated android robot named Telenoid that could potentially promote conversation. This study was conducted at a long-term residential care facility, and it was a prospective, 10-week, single arm, exploratory user study. Diminishing the barrier of digital divide, the android robot provided those with dementia with a way to remotely communicate with others. BPSD were assessed using the Neuropsychiatric Inventory Nursing Home Version (NPI-NH), and we investigated changes in the participants over time. According to NPI-NH scores, Telenoid could improve BPSD in older adults with "anxiety," and "appetite and eating change." The results indicate that as a non-pharmacological approach, daily use of the conversation promoting android robot could have a therapeutic effect on the BPSD in older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHAI 2019 - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages110-117
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450369220
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sep 25
Event7th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, HAI 2019 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 2019 Oct 62019 Oct 10

Publication series

NameHAI 2019 - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, HAI 2019
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period19/10/619/10/10

Keywords

  • Android robot
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (bpsd)
  • Communication support
  • Neuropsychiatric inventory (npi)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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    Yamazaki, R., Kase, H., Nishio, S., & Ishiguro, H. (2019). A conversational robotic approach to dementia symptoms: Measuring its effect on older adults. In HAI 2019 - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (pp. 110-117). (HAI 2019 - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3349537.3351888