Paro, a soft baby seal, has sparked scientific and ethical debates about a new trend in elder care. Paro is a robot. Squeeze Me: Robots in Dementia Therapy (Enhanced DVD)
takes viewers inside a German nursing home to see how robotic therapy plays out in the real world.
Paro and similar "pets" were developed in Japan to give comfort to dementia patients. Advocates of their use point out that, unlike medications, they don't come with side effects.
For many patients whose memories are fading, Paro provides a connection to their surroundings, especially for patients who cannot speak. Sensory therapy is now considered more effective than cognitive therapy.
Video footage includes a segment in which patients' family members weigh in on what they think of robotic therapy. They express concerns about their loved ones interacting with inanimate objects.
A subsequent segment shows how supervisors, well-acquainted with Paro, train staff members to use it. Nursing home employees can utilize the robots to bring patients out of self-imposed isolation. Paro can recognize voices and responds when it is held or spoken to.
Later, viewers see what happens when Paro gets a new moniker, Ole, and assists those with advanced dementia.
Subsequent topics include social workers' resistance to technology as a means to facilitate interaction, success stories, and different types of therapeutic robots.
Viewers get a glimpse of how robots are made. The documentary discusses potential benefits of this new therapy and how robots can be incorporated in home care routines, assisting patients with varying levels of dementia.
Squeeze Me: Robots in Dementia Therapy
- Enhanced DVD
- ISBN: 978-1-62102-949-6
- Run Time: 53 minutes
- Copyright: 2011
- Closed Captioned