Professor Wendy Moyle
Menzies Health Institute Queensland
Optimising Health Outcomes Program Seminar
Improving care and quality of life of people living with dementia through social and telepresence robots.
The complexity of dementia, and the differing care services, makes it difficult to establish best practices for managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Our team have been trialing robots in the community and a social robotic laboratory. This presentation will demonstrate what we have learnt to date about the impact of using the robots in dementia care. Findings related to improvements in engagement, socialisation and mood as well as the feasibility of using social and telepresence robots from three studies will be outlined: 1) A cluster-randomised controlled trial (n=415, people with dementia living in long-term care); 2) A case study of five dyads (people with dementia and family) using telepresence robots in a 6-week intervention; and 3) family, people with dementia and health professionals acceptance of telepresence robots in a laboratory trial.
Professor Wendy Moyle is Program Director, Menzies Health Institute Queensland - Optimising Health Outcomes program at Griffith University. Her research focus is dementia, depression and delirium. Her research tests psychosocial interventions, including robots and complementary therapies that aim to manage BPSD and improve quality of life for the person with dementia.
September is Dementia Awareness Month
The purpose of Dementia Awareness Month is to encourage Australians to become dementia-aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia, and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. The theme for 2017 is You are not alone and the main activities are a series of seminars with international and local dementia experts and key note speakers. Read more here.
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