Researchers in Canada are developing immersive, virtual and robotic technology to help deal with an expected surge in dementia cases. For example, Paul Lea, who suffers from vascular dementia following a series of strokes, uses a smart home speaker to control his lights and a smart lock to shut his doors. Apps, such as MAXminder, are used to schedule and remind Lea to eat, take his medications or exercise, whilst the Life 360 app allows his daughter, Victoria, to monitor his welfare. The majority of people with dementia live at home, so developing technology that allows them to lead independent lives and interact with society remains a priority for researchers throughout Canada. Funding and government support are seen as crucial to these projects. Social robots are being built to help prompt and remind patients about their daily tasks, with high success rates reported. Interaction with the robots is important and they communicate through verbal and nonverbal means.
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