The New Age of Elder Care
- Advances in Technology and Mental Health in an Aging Society -

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:15 PM (PST)

An increase in life expectancy and a decrease in birth rates are leading populations around the world towards an aging society. According to the Urban Institute, there are over 54 million Americans today that are age 65 and older. By 2040, this number will increase to 80 million. In this webinar, we explore how to live a long and healthy life by focusing on the latest Al technology and psychosocial care methods that can physically and mentally empower the older adult population. On the technology side, we hear from two experts from Japan, a nation with the highest proportion of aging citizens of any country in the world: Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai the developer of the world's first wearable cyborg HAL and Dr. Takanori Shibata, the inventor of PARO, the therapeutic seal robot. On the mental health side, psychotherapist and Geriatric Medical Social Worker Mrs. Shiori Lange, LCSW will discuss how psychosocial approaches can help older adults and their loved ones. UCLA Associate Professor Lene Levy-Storms Ph.D. will be moderating the panel of three speakers.


Lene Levy-Storms, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs


Prof. Sankai University of Tsukuba / CYBERDYNE Inc.

Yoshiyuki Sankai, Ph.D.
Developer of HAL

Takanori Shibata, Ph.D.
Chief Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Inventor of PARO

Shiori Lange, LCSW
Psychotherapist and Geriatric Medical Social Worker