Press release – Stockholm, February 28, 2014: Informed elderly consumers make demands of new aid technology
Towards the end of last year studies were conducted in the Netherlands and Sweden as part of the international Iron Arm project, which is an element of the European Commission’s SILVER project (Supporting Independent LiVing for the Elderly through Robotics). These studies aimed to clarify how elderly people with and without functional disabilities affecting hands or arms felt about using aids in everyday life. The studies revealed that people are willing to use an aid for the upper extremity when this will support them during the performance of ADL activities (Activities of Daily Living) and thereby achieve a greater degree of independence in everyday life.
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More about aids for the elderly based on health robotics technology
The most important aim of aids based on health robotics is to make independent living easier. Many people suffer from reduced arm and hand functions as they grow older, owing to either reduced muscle mass or the consequences of illness.
There are currently a number of specialist aids in this field available on the market, but these are often only suitable for one particular application and therefore have little impact on overall ADL tasks.
Existing robot-based products for more general applications have a significant impact on ADL, both in terms of independence and cost savings. Studies have shown that more than 40 % of ADL tasks can be performed if this type of product is used.