Service dogs for dementia

26 Mar

I am unable to embed this video of a man with Alzheimer’s Disease  interacting with a dog, but here is the link.

You can read about service dogs for people with dementia here:

“In the past few years two groups of individuals have started to train dogs to assist people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The first is in Israel and was the brainchild of Dafna Golan-Shemesh, a social worker with expertise in caring for Alzheimer’s patients and her partner Yariv Ben-Yosef, a professional dog trainer. More recently a similar project was initiated by students at Scotland’s Glasgow School of Art’s Product Design Departmentand then further developed by a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland, Dogs for the Disabled and Guide Dogs Scotland. Although the types of dogs used by the two programs are different (the Israeli program uses only Smooth Coated Collies) and the specific tasks and techniques that the dogs are trained for differ in some respects, there are important common features in what is required of a dementia-assistance dog.”

 

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