Definition: Geriatronics

Geriatronics refers to the use of robotics, mechatronics and information technology, in particular machine intelligence and 3D technology, in geriatrics, gerontology and medical care for the elderly to provide optimum support and to maintain and improve a self-determined life in old age. The main objectives of the technologies developed within the framework of Geriatronics are, on the one hand, maintaining mobility and interpersonal interaction and communication in old age and, on the other hand, maintaining independence with the help of technical assistance systems. The operation of these assistance systems should be highly intuitive and the support should be personalized to the user. A further central goal of Geriatronics is the support and relief of nursing staff, particularly in the case of non-nursing tasks as well as non-ergonomic activities that are detrimental to long-term health. In summary, Geriatronics has the purpose to support and accompany older people and their  care facilities in order to promote their independence and autonomy for as long as possible. It represents a resource that promotes self-determination and social participation. In particular, geriatric technologies should adapt flexibly to help and support needs. In concrete terms, Geriatronics should help older people to

  • cope with everyday life alone in one's own home
  • in case of bedriddenness
  • during visits to the doctor
  • during rehabilitation
  • in everyday hygiene

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Research Project in Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) is focusing on research about the future of health as part of the "Geriatronics" flagship initiative. The project is motivated by the demographic change in Germany and pursues the goal of tackling the problems of the third age through the use of intelligent robotics and thus enabling older people to lead a self-determined life in their own homes. To reach this, a research center for Geriatronics is being set up at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen site. The research focus of this center includes the further development of the autonomous service humanoid GARMI, in particular the development of sensitive hands and a multimodal robot head. Thanks to an integrated experience center and broad field research within pilot apartments, the robotic systems developed at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen site benefit the local senior citizens early and directly through cooperation with local operators of old people's homes and nursing homes.

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