Tailored Domestic Social Robots and Monitoring Tech for Older Adults, Considering Socioeconomic Factors and Motor Challenges (78666)

Session Information: Built Environment
Session Chair: Roberto Vagnetti

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 17:20
Session: Session 5
Room: Room 604
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Population aging carries profound implications for the economy and society, particularly in the decline of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) among those with low socio-economic backgrounds and motor impairments. Social Assistive Robots (SARs) and monitoring technologies offer promise in enhancing the well-being of older adults by assisting with ADLs at home and monitoring ongoing activities. This mixed-method study involved 31 older adults, divided into low socio-economic, motor-impaired, and control groups. Through four focus groups, participants shared how technologies could support ADLs at home. Transcripts underwent thematic analysis. Participants also completed the 12-Item Short Form Health Survey and the Multi-dimensional Robot Attitude Scale to assess attitudes toward SARs and their association with well-being. Thematic analysis revealed specific needs across groups. The low-socioeconomic group expressed heightened concerns, while the motor-impaired group exhibited enthusiasm and interest in applications. Physical well-being correlated with familiarity (r= -.41, p= .02), interest (r= -.38, p= .03), perceived utility (r= -.59, p<.01), and control (r= -.56, p<.01), while psychological well-being linked to the need for variety (r= .55, p< .01) and a negative attitude toward SARs (r= -.40, p=.02). Significant group differences emerged in attitudes toward SARs in terms of Familiarity (ꭓ2(2)= 10.77, p < .01), Interest (ꭓ2(2)= 11.96, p < .01), Utility (ꭓ2(2)= 14.48, p < .01), and Control (ꭓ2(2)= 13.19, p < .01). Older adults perceive SARs and monitoring technologies as crucial for ADLs at home. Socio-economic status and motor limitations significantly influence acceptance, highlighting the importance of considering diverse needs and circumstances for effective implementation.

Roberto Vagnetti, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
Nicola Camp, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
Matthew Story, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
Khaoula Ait-Belaid, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Daniele Magistro, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Roberto Vagnetti is a University Postdoctoral Fellow or Instructor at Nottingham Trent University in United Kingdom

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