Saturday, March 8, 2014

The first ever “dementia dogs” have been working with their new owners

by  Eleanor Bradford for BBC News:
The dogs have been trained to help people with early-stage dementia and can remind them to take their medicine and help them get out and about.
They were the brainchild of a group of students from Glasgow School of Art. The students suggested that dogs could be trained to help people with dementia in the same way that guide dogs help people who are blind.
They have been taught to respond to alarms and bring medicine pouches, to nudge their owners to read a reminder and to encourage them to get out of bed in the morning.

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