Addressing LGBTIQ+ elder loneliness with person centred, safe care robots

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) elderly suffer from higher rates of loneliness compared to the general elderly population. This is caused by social isolation induced by historical discrimination, a failure to recognise their unique needs and values, and a fear of ageing as an LGBTIQ+ person. Unfortunately, LGBTIQ+ elderly find it difficult to access services that might help. Moreover, current solutions to alleviating this loneliness, such as outreach services and LGBTIQ+-friendly senior living communities, have superficial problems such as care recipients being too remote and there being a small number of such communities. Other solutions are required. Care robots have proven to be a social interface. Studies suggest that care robots can create social connections and reduce loneliness. This research explores designing care robots for LGBTIQ+ elderly.


ConferenceAustralian Association of Gerontology Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleComing of Age Together: New Ways of Knowing and Acting
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