Dementia has many types, but they all have 3 main commonalities. They are chronic, they only get worse, and at the end, they all kill you. 50 million people are suffering from dementia, and the number is increasing. Unfortunately, there is no drug treatment that can cure this epidemic. However, research (Raji, Cyrus A., et al., 2016) shows that any sort of a physical activity can work against dementia by improving physical and cognitive functioning.
But the problem is, people with dementia tend to have passive lives. For instance, dementia patients living in care centers only have 12 minutes of constructive activity per day (Ballard, Clive, et al. , 2001). When combined with a passive lifestyle, dementia causes many problems for the people with dementia and makes them more dependent on their family members. As a result, most of the caregivers:
* Provide more than 19 hours of care per week.
* And spend over 5000 dollars every year.
* More importantly, caregiving becomes the main focus of their lives for at least 5 years before their loved ones are moved to a care center. And they say that caregiving is the number one source of stress in their lives.
So, as you can see, family caregivers are the key in dementia care. They need help in keeping their loved ones active. Based on our research and interviews, we, as SciRobot, decided to design the world’s first activity companion robot, ACRO.
ACRO is a handheld activity companion robot for the seniors who suffer from early or mid-stage dementia. ACRO is also a care assistant for family caregivers to help them provide the best activity support to their loved ones via their mobile devices.
Acro can improve the sleep quality, and general physical condition of the user, and it can encourage independence. This will save money and time for the family caregivers.
We are a team of designers and engineers who came together to design and develop robots that can help people realize their potential at being the best version of themselves at whatever stage of life they are in. Our mission is to democratize social robots to help people stay more active so that they can live independently and age healthily.
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