Social agents for aging-in-place

A focus on health education and communication

Jenay M. Beer and Otis L. Owens,    University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, United States


As technology has become more ubiquitous, it is increasingly used in health education and communication applications. In this chapter, we provide a review on the use of social agents, namely embodied conversational agents and robotic agents, for health education and health communication for aging-in-place. Health education and health communication are two emerging research applications for social agents, with potential to help older adults in managing their health by (1) disseminating health information, and (2) connecting older adults with informal and formal ...

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