The world’s aging population continues to widen making more and more apparent the issues in supply and demand in eldercare. This population problem is already very real in countries like Japan, where there will be an estimated shortage of 1 million caregivers by 2025. The U.S. is facing a similar dilemma — as the percentage of people aged 65 or older is expected to rise to roughly 26% by 2050.
Technology has a major role to play to solve this challenge. The marketplace for technology to assist aging adults in the longevity economy is expected to grow to nearly $30 billion in the next few years, according to the Consumer Technology Association.
If robots can’t replace humans, they can have a positive effect on the future of eldercare. Friendly and helpful robots like Buddy offers power, mobility, and monitoring capabilities that support wellbeing, security, and independence for the aging population.
Aging Well With Buddy’s Assistance: enjoying a healthier and higher quality of daily life for longer.
“Buddy recognizes my voice, asks me and answers questions and acts as a second memory remembering my schedule”
John, 80 years old.
Buddy’s care abilities assist the elderly, and/or their carers in daily tasks, help monitor their behavior and health, and provide companionship.
Buddy is there for elderly people who would prefer to remain in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own home for as long as possible to continue with some independence and dignity.
As Fabrice Flottes de Pouzol, the Chief Development Officer of Korian, the European leader in care and support services for the elderly, said
“We believe that Buddy and its emotional, interactive and scalable robotic technology dedicated to senior assistance will enable us to offer unique services that meet the needs of users, caregivers and professionals” .
Whether in their own home, care home or hospitals, the care abilities of Buddy can improve the well being of elderly people. He provides a wide range of services like monitors health, reminds to take medications, facilitates staying in contact with family, friends and healthcare providers via video chats and engaging talks, helps to stay healthy, keeps moving, improves memory, provides all kinds of information, etc.
Thanks to his app platform, all kinds of customized care services can be developed.
Buddy holds the promise of independence and improved wellbeing for elderly people while maintaining a high level of care in the comfort of their own home or care facilities. In a nutshell: a perfect Grandma’s (and Grandpa) little helper.