Japanese Nursing Homes Using Robots For Patient Care

In Japan, with a dramatically increasing number of nursing home patients and corresponding decrease in available caregivers, is using robots to provide care. 

Silver Wing Social Welfare Corp., a Tokyo-based nursing home operator, was given a 5.2-billion-yen fund by the Tokyo metropolitan government for robot use.

"Declining birth rates and increased longevity have made the Japanese population increasingly elderly. According to the Statistics Bureau of Japan, people aged 65 or older, the group from which nursing home patients generally come, constitute a staggering 27.3 percent of the population, and the proportion is rising. The U.S. Census Bureau says that only 14.9 percent of Americans are 65-plus," according to the article. For more, read the story.