Geriatronics is a new term to describe the interplay of robotics, mechatronics and information technology, machine intelligence and 3D technology in combination with geriatrics, gerontology as well as in nursing. The aim of our research is to maintain mobility for as long as possible and to facilitate interpersonal interaction and communication in old age. Intuitively operable, adaptive assistance systems adapt directly to the user and thus enable independence in old age and in case of illness. Another central goal of geriatronics is to relieve the strain on nursing staff in their everyday lives. Support in physically stressful situations is intended to improve the general working situation in the nursing area.
In summary, geriatronics sees itself as a supporter and companion of elderly people and care facilities in overcoming ever new challenges in everyday life.
On Wednesday, Minister Bernd Sibler visited the Geriatronics Research Centre. The focus was on the question of how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can facilitate the everyday life of elderly people or can be used sensibly in nursing care.
TUM President Hofmann and high-ranking representatives of Garmisch-Partenkirchen visited the Geriatronics Research Center with the aim of establishing a "Geriatronics Campus" on site. Picture: Astrid Eckert / TUM
Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) as center for Bavarian "AI Mission Institute" is to be established, which will combine research and entrepreneurial activities. Bild: Heddergott / TUM
"We all wish to lead a self-determined life into old age. At the Geriatronics User and Research Centre in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, intelligent assistance robotics systems are being developed for elderly people that will make care for the elderly much easier and more supportive in the future. This is innovative and trendsetting. This is what Bavaria needs."
"The people in the district Garmisch-Partenkirchen are getting older and older and the number of people in need of care is increasing. The new Geriatronik Research Center, a lighthouse project in the State of Bavaria, will enable everyone to live independently within their own four walls, even at an advanced age. This project is an important, forward-looking step in the care of the elderly in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and in the district."
"Geriatronics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been a heart project for me from the very first second. The innovative and forward-looking technology being worked on in the new Geriatronics Research Center of the Technical University of Munich offers new prospects for life, not only for our older population. It is also the key to successfully shaping the educational and corporate structure in the entire district."
"The Geriatronik Research Centre is one of the most important and forward-looking developments in the Alpspitze region. The cooperation of the numerous partners of this lighthouse project (Leifheit Foundation, community, Deutsches Museum, educational- social and health care institutions) will make its size shine widely."
"We firmly expect that our geriatric patients will also benefit from the intelligent assistance robotics systems in old age on the basis of forward-looking senior care concepts."
"As a geriatric physician, I take care of elderly and very elderly patients on a daily basis, whose independence is directly threatened by a serious injury or illness. In most cases, their greatest wish is to return to their familiar home environment with the greatest possible independence. This is precisely where we will be able to support people in their daily lives in the future through the use of new technologies such as geriatronics."
"The Zugspitz Region sees the establishment of the Research Centre for Geriatronics as very groundbreaking for our administrative district, especially with regard to the further development of our health region."
"We believe that geriatric research represents a great opportunity to make life easier for older people, especially in a society with an ageing population and a lack of nursing staff. The support provided by robot assistants and automatically controlled aids makes it possible for elderly people to live and work independently in their own homes. At the same time, the nursing staff is relieved and there is more time for conversation and social interaction with the person in need. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen region can also benefit from such a project: Research in this important area is promising for the future, as robotics and technical support in everyday life increasingly play a role in people's daily lives. This also benefits younger people, as qualified jobs are created locally."