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Measurement of engagement and improvement of social connection through telepresence



Speakers: Wendy Moyle, Griffin University, Brisbane, Australia

Series: HCID Research Seminars

Seminar Abstract:

Dementia is currently the leading cause of disability in Australians aged 65 years or older, and the second leading cause of death in this country. The greatest threat to quality of life for people with dementia are the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), which include apathy, agitation, aggression, depression, and hallucinations. Apathy, for example diminishes the amount and reciprocity of interactions between people with dementia and their partners and about one third of dementia costs relate to managing BPSD. A strong means of preventing and slowing BPSD is positive and meaningful engagement with others.  Telepresence robots may be useful in aged and dementia care as a means of engaging older people in meaningful activities. However, the measurement of engagement of older people with dementia is challenging because of their reduced displays of emotion.

This presentation will present the social robotics laboratory at Griffith University, Australia, the opportunities for co-design within the laboratory, and the development and testing of scales that aim to measure the response of a person with dementia to a robot.

About the speaker:

Professor Wendy Moyle is a Registered Nurse and Program Director in the Menzies Health Institute Qld based at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Her research focus is non-pharmacological interventions, in particular socially assistive robotics and their effect on reducing the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) and improving quality of life for people with dementia and their family carers.  She works with several international agencies/universities on the development of new technologies and has achieved several awards in recognition of her research, including two International Women’s Day Awards. Her research features widely in the media with 12 television appearances to date, and over 100 radio and social media interviews.

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When & where

1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 9th June 2017

A109 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom