What do people say about Geriatronics?

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.

Ilse Aigner MdL, President of the Bavarian Parliament

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.

Alexander Gangkofer, Chief Physician Geriatrics Klinikum Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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.

Elisabeth Koch, 1st Mayoress Markt Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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.

Anton Speer, District Administrator

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.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang M. Heckl, President Friends of Geriatronics, Director Deutsches Museum and Chair for Scientific Communication, TU Munich.

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.

Iris Asenstorfer, Seniorentreff Marianne Aschenbrenner.

Customizable and adaptive assistance systems will enable our elderly people to lead a self-determined life for as long as possible. Geriatronics can make an important contribution here.

Frank Niederbühl, Managing Director Klinikum Garmisch-Partenkirchen.