The state Office for the Aging has partnered with Intuition Robotics to bring ElliQ, a robot that interacts with older adults to increase socialization and healthy lifestyles, to approximately 800 seniors throughout New York.
The $700,000 partnership will begin next week when Intuition Robotics, which helps older adults become healthier through robots that encourage social interaction and healthy living, presents the ElliQ robot to local departments of aging. Local case managers will nominate seniors they think are the right fit for the product.
According to Intuition Robotics founder and CEO Dor Skuler, ElliQ is built to be an empathetic product that fits each senior’s specific lifestyle and healthy living goals. The robot mirrors “having a companion move in with you,” Skuler said. It helps motivate seniors to eat healthily, exercise, socialize, and take care of their mental and chronic health conditions. It also helps connect seniors to their families.