The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) will be bringing senior government officials to Prague May 28 for a conference on long term care and technology.
Prague is the home of the Golem — a legendary, zombie-like worker who was the medieval equivalent of an android.
Prague is also the home of Karel Capek, who came up with the word “robot.”
Rather than talking about creating human-like robots who could take care of frail elderly people and people with disabilities, including the elderly, conference participants are gearing up to talk about systems for communicating with clients and keeping track of their health.
One goal should be to help the family caregivers who often look after people with serious disabilities, according to the IFA, Toronto.
“Carers are not the person in direct receipt of health or care and support interventions,” IFA officials say in a conference background paper. But “it is important to recognize and consider carers in the design of new home health monitoring and enabling technology, and acknowledge that it is important to help carers maintain their health and well being.”