The modern man strives for uniqueness. But it is more likely that he ends up in solitude.

The Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz diagnosed for the Western world, a “loneliness epidemic”. And the German psychiatrist Manfred Spitzer explains the loneliness is equal to the “number one cause of death”.

Eva Illouz, and Manfred Spitzer faith to know where all the misery stems from our machine-fetishism. The Zeitgeist expect all salvation from the technology and neglected in return, the immediately Human.

A particularly striking example for this Thesis is the social media. A
study of American Doctors shows that The more time someone on Facebook spends, the more he feels from his environment in isolation.

In the adjacent Text Sunday describes the views of the reporter Aline desolate the sad end of countless Swiss seniors. Every year, hundreds die in this country, without this interested in someone. No one has comforted these people, than they suffered. No one mourns you.

It is more than just likely that none of these seniors is lonely, because he has spent too much time with Social Media. Many were confused. Many had family and friends – you have survived your loved one simply.

And yet the fate of these lonely deceased expression of the same inhumanity, which the sociologist Eva Illouz, and the psychiatrist Manfred Spitzer are on the trail.

If the somewhere of of age and well-being, the speech, the discussion, of course, medical issues, expensive equipment and medicines. However, what people have at the end of your life, first and foremost, necessary, attention, patience, and Affection. And if there are no living relatives that can give you time, then there is a need for appropriate facilities: nursing homes and rest homes with sufficient and well-paid staff.

this is missing, of course. Two weeks ago, my colleague Dana Liechti in the Sunday views, has described the miserable working conditions of our age nurses. Many of them feel stressed and poorly paid. How, pray tell, should you take care of the emotional needs of the lonely residents?

The Interdisciplinary centre of competence for the age of the University of applied Sciences in St. Gallen is now working on a solution for the Problem. And no, the solution is not to lonely old people enough decently paid nursing staff. The solution is called “Paro”.

“Paro” has long been used in the treatment of dementia patients. The age-researchers at the University of applied Sciences St. Gallen to test the method more recently, as a so-called activation therapy for elderly people suffering from loneliness.

“Paro” is a fluffy-soft seal, seal, pet, sounds, reacts with the eye rolls and funny noises.

“Paro” is an interactive robot.