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Opportunities and Challenges of Designing Socially Assistive Robots for Persons with Dementia

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
School of Social Work
Virtual
Date
Nov 5, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Speaker
Jenay M. Beer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Gerontology, College of Public Health; School of Social Work, University of Georgia
Cost
Free
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Declining cognitive abilities can have a tremendous impact on an older adult’s ability to age healthily and maintain a high quality of life. Cognitive training has been shown to improve neural plasticity and increase cognitive reserve, thus reducing the risk of dementia. Designing socially assistive robots (SAR) to facilitate user-tailored piano learning cognitive training presents a unique opportunity at improving access to cognitive training. This presentation will explore the feasibility and efficacy of using a SAR to provide a piano learning cognitive training intervention to older adults with mild cognitive impairment – including a discussion on considerations for design, ethics, and acceptance.

This event is free and open to the public.

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