A new emotionally intelligent tool from computer scientists at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada, could one day help seniors with Alzheimers disease complete everyday tasks throughout their homes or nursing facilities, enabling them to age at home longer.The virtual assistant, Act@Home, helps someone with Alzheimers or dementia perform an activity of daily living (ADL), such as getting dressed, taking medication or making a cup of coffee.The technology is one of the latest in a wave of initiatives pushing robotics in the home to aid seniors and keep them out of higher-acuity settings. Act@Home was funded by the American Alzheimers Association and the Age-Well Network of Centres of Excellence, an innovation and technology program paid for in part by the Canadian government.

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