A caring son who is worried about his aging father surprises him with a gift – a robot companion that will cook his meals, clean the house and coordinate activities. Could such a scene be a modern reality or a science fiction fantasy?
The summer 2012 film Robot & Frank depicts just such a storyline. Although Frank Langella’s senior citizen character eventually accepts and appreciates the benefits of the robot, his initial concern “that thing’s going to kill me in my sleep,” epitomizes a common fear.
Despite the fact that engineers around the world are focusing on developing robotic caregivers and companions, the elderly themselves have not yet embraced this modern technology.
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Are you no longer able to live independently but you are worried about who will care for your pet? Of course your faithful champion deserves a good home and luckily, numerous assisted living facilities agree!
According to USA Today, “the pitter-patter of little feet is an increasingly common sound at nursing homes and senior-living residences” throughout the United States.
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If you have ever thought those words, you are not alone. As our parents age, their children find themselves “exploring” options where Mom or Dad will live? I call this the PAINT BY NUMBER experience. We are given a lot of lessons in life, but one that we are ill prepared for is the role of decision maker for our parents. We have always looked to our parents for guidance in all major decisions, where to go to school, where to live or purchase a new home, how to care for our children and what are the best jobs options available. We look up to our parents and see them as wise and strong.
The once strong parent is now forgetful, unsteady on their feet, losing weight and making perhaps some decisions that are not in their best interest.
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