Aging Society, Special Needs, Apps, and Robotics Special Event at Merten Hall

In 2050, the elderly population will account for 16 percent of the global population. That is 1.5 billion people over the age of 65, according to the Population Reference Bureau. Caring for those seniors –emotionally, physically and mentally — will be an enormous undertaking, and experts say there will be a shortage of professionals trained and willing to take on the job.

“Society is aging and there is a huge potential to use technology like apps and robotics to assist elderly people as well as people with special needs,” said Dr. J.P. Auffret, director of research partnerships, School of Business, George Mason University.

For the elderly, the promise of robotic caretakers is almost here. Whether it is helping people do chores, take medicine, be an alarm clock, or remind the person to contact a family member for comfort, robots could soon be a constant companion, especially in places like Japan, with aging populations and a shortage of human caretakers.

Experts are using applications (apps) in innovative new ways to assist with the elderly. Lori Knowles, Division Chief – EMS, Stafford County Fire and Rescue, will be discussing Stafford County’s adoption of the innovative PulsePoint application, a system that alerts CPR trained users when someone is having a sudden cardiac arrest. After 911 dispatchers get the call of a cardiac arrest, PulsePoint notifies those nearby who are trained in CPR.  The app also identifies where automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, are located. As part of the system’s announcement, Ms. Knowles highlighted that “Time, time, time, that is the key.” The app’s introduction is another step in building upon Stafford County’s designation as Virginia’s first HeartSafe community.

Dr. Toshio Obi, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, Lori Knowles, Deputy Chief, Stafford County, and Dr. J.P. Auffret, George Mason University will discuss Aging Society, Special Needs, Apps, and Robotics at an Upcoming Special Event at Merten Hall on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 7pm.

Dr. Obi and Dr. Auffret are experts in this area and are lead editors on a book, entitled, “Aging Society and ICT” and invited speakers at 54th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD54) at the United Nations in 2016. Their event was titled, “e-Aging: The Ageing Society and the Role of ICT Applications.”

Dr. Obi is a professor of ICT and Director of the Institute of eGovernment at Waseda University. He is also chair of the OECD- APEC Joint Program on Silver ICT; chair of the UNESCO UNITWIN Program on Disaster Management; chair of the National eGovernment Promotion Council at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in Japan; and co-founder and president, International Academy of CIO.

This event is sponsored by the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiative, School of Business, GMU, the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, GMU, and NoVaRHIO.

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Christina Batcheler Program Operations & Public Relations Specialist Research Partnerships & Grants Initiative, School of Business & Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE), Volgenau School of Engineering George Mason University P: 703-993-3746 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 *For our latest news, please go to our blog at: *To receive our news via email periodically, please send your email to: *Follow our tweets at: *Join our Meetup Group for upcoming events at:

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    Earl Wessell


    We love Virginia’s progressive outlook and, as Seniors, are considering the State of Virginia as a retirement location. Thank you, GMU, for your information.


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