A recent study addresses the communication issues between elderly and robots. It turns out that elderly people expressing their requests in fewer words to a robot than they would do to a human. Phys.org summarized the study very well. Please have a look at http://phys.org/news/2013-07-older-adults-dont-robot.html.
Another study shows that older adults are keen to use robots in their homes. However, the acceptance has its limits. For instance using a robot as a medication reminder is welcome but using a robot as decision maker for the medication itself probably won't work well. Please, read this article to get a good summery of the study http://www.gatech.edu/newsroom/release.html?nid=165041.
The MIT Personal Robots Group (http://robotic.media.mit.edu/) provides further excellent background knowledge about designing the best Human-Robot-Interaction. Please have a look at the diversity of different kind of robotic designs. Studies of the MIT Personal Robots Group have shown how crucial the design itself is. It turns out that the same information presented in different designs makes a huge difference of the understanding or acceptance of the information.
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- Where could robots help older adults best?
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- What would be the best design for a robot for older adults?
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- The elderly care system GIRAFF http://www.giraff.org/?lang=en
- Interesting article on elderly and robots http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/26/elderly-robots_n_2022846.html