Robotics & Age Care:
the Japanese example

Age Care
10 delegates
October 2016
The objectives of the study tour were for participants to learn more on technologies used for elderly medical care and how robotics can help seniors in their everyday lives.
Elderly care in Japan not only fulfills the need for providing medical care/residency but it also embraces the Japanese culture of implementing new technologies in everyday life.

From 10 to 15 October 2016, 10 delegates from France, including the Head of National Health, Care and Home Services Centre, visited Tokyo. The objectives of the study tour were for participants to learn more on robotics engineering achievements, i.e. technologies used for elderly medical care.

The Japanese Council of Senior Citizens Welfare Service presented various devices then the delegates visited public and private care homes that actively implement new technologies. They also attended the International Home-Care & Rehabilitation event (HCR), which is the largest exhibition on Health Care, Welfare and Nursing equipment in Asia.

During these visits, delegates learned about some unusual equipments:
- The Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) : exoskeleton assist suit which helps leg movements allowing free walking and increasing muscle strength;
- The Digital Mirror : interactive mirror with a built-in movement sensor which helps with recovery or improves patient mobility.
Some of the robots were especially designed for gaming and entertainment: for example, Palro can play, sing and dance with patients.
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