Admission Price: Free to attend, please register to book your place
School of Health Sciences welcomes Professor Wendy Moyle of Griffith University, Australia to City, University of London for a lecture on 'Socially Assistive Robots: Are they effective in care of people with dementia?' The talk will be followed by a reception.
At least 50% of residents living in long-term care (LTC) facilities in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom have dementia. Of these, over half have behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) such as agitation, apathy, sleep disturbance and wandering, and some of these may be related to unmet needs. Such behaviours are often difficult to manage, and it is common for psychotropic medication to be prescribed as a first-line approach, despite demonstrated adverse effects and inconclusive efficacy. Non-pharmacological interventions offer an alternate means of managing BPSD, and in recent years researchers have sought to investigate how socially assistive robots may be used. This presentation will outline what is known about the effectiveness of socially assistive robots in dementia care including the outcomes of a cluster-Randomised Controlled Trial with 415 residents from 28 LTC facilities. The trial tested the effects of individual, non-facilitated sessions with Paro, a robotic harp seal, compared against a look-alike plush toy and usual care.
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 a number of 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.
12:00pm - Registration
12:15pm - Lecture including the opportunity for Q&A
1:15pm - Light buffet lunch
2:30pm - Close