A Robot Dance Partner for Older Adults

Dance has been shown to be beneficial for the health of older adults. Robots can facilitate healthy aging by engaging older adults in partner dance-based exercise (1). The authors conducted a study with 16 healthy older adults to investigate their acceptance of robots for partner dance-based exercise. Participants successfully led a human-scale wheeled robot with arms. Participants led the robot by maintaining physical contact and applying forces to the robot's end effectors. Throughout the study, the robot used admittance control to successfully dance with older adults, demonstrating the feasibility of this method. Overall, the results suggest that robots could successfully engage older adults in partner dance-based exercise.