This research aims to increase engagement with cognitive rehabilitation activities for individuals along the spectrum of decline: from healthy older adults to those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia. Improving engagement in this area can aid in retaining cognitive function and slowing the rate of cognitive decline, thus helping to alleviate the growing pressure on both care facilities and the healthcare system as a whole. Particularly in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, technological means to engage in rehabilitation, such as socially assistive robots (SARs), can aid in limiting face-to-face interactions.
The proposed system will incorporate SARs, sensory feedback, and serious games in order to maximise engagement with the cognitive rehabilitation activities. To achieve this objective, the proposed robotic system will adapt the SAR behaviour, cognitive task or game, and sensory feedback based on the measured engagement level of the user in real time.
Older adults, individuals with MCI/dementia, and related stakeholders (e.g. health professionals and carers) are at the centre of this research. We are always looking for interested parties who would like to be involved. If you'd like to get in touch, please contact me (Emilyann Nault) at email@example.com.
Start: September 2019
Finish: August 2023
This haptic wearable device was created from an Arduino MKR WiFi 1010 and a vibrating motor.