Thinking Through the Future of Care: Elder People’s Understandings of, and Feelings About, Robotic Interventions in Elder Care

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Hawkins, Louisa




In the past several years interdisciplinary academic consideration has turned toward finding possible solutions to the increasing problem of unmet elder care requirements, one solution being the introduction of new robotic care technologies. This thesis addresses the future of elder care and the possibilities for change within the field of care - change that may no longer involve only human reorientation, but also non-human robotic transformation. It also focuses on the fact that there exists an unknown future of caring, one that will certainly involve some mainstream manifestation of the non-human care robot, and collaboration between socially and scientifically focused researchers. Drawing on original research involving interviews with elder people, the perspectives of a rarely consulted population are presented and the future of non-human care is found to be marked by uncertainty and fear but also by an unexpected sense of hope in the companionship of robots.






Carleton University

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