Companion robots will improve the lives of dementia sufferers and support their caregivers, thanks to MARIO robot

Dementia is a major cause of disability and dependency among older people worldwide, with about 50 million people suffering from it and nearly 10 million new cases every year, according to a fact sheet by the World Health Organization (WHO). Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, representing about 60 % to 80 % of cases.

To tackle these issues, in the MARIO project we carried out a pilot testing of companion robot “MARIO Kompaï” at three sites in Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom for a period of over 12 months. Our tests showed that such service robots can have a positive influence on older people living with dementia.

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