Can a Computer be a Caregiver?

Peter Whitehouse, Cynthia Marling, and Richard Harvey

This paper critically examines the issues involved in computer-assisted and automated caregiving for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. First, the nature of the problems experienced by those who care for dementia patients is explicated. Next, a high-level overview of the ways in which computers might assist these caregivers, now and in the future, is presented. Finally, the ethical issues raised by the advent of automated caregiving are explored.

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