Tag Archives: Pets as Companions for People with Dementia

Review of Socially Assistive Robots (Journal of Medical Internet Research)

Summary A recent systematic review of the literature on the uses and efficacy of socially assistive robots (SARs) notes that the limited evidence to date in the field of mental health focuses largely on applications of SARs for elderly persons with dementia. There is … Continue reading

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Benefits of Robotic Pets for Elderly Care Home Residents? (International Journal of Older People Nursing)

Summary A systematic review has examined the evidence on the reported advantages of robopets (defined as small animal-like robots with the appearance and behavioural characteristics of pets) and the effects of robopets on the mental health and well-being of older … Continue reading

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Systematic Review of Meaningful Activity in Care Homes / Nursing Homes (JBI Database)

Summary An Australian systematic review has attempted to determine the relative effectiveness of various meaningful occupation interventions for people living with dementia in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). The authors outline conclusions are as follows [quote]: “Providing meaningful or individualized … Continue reading

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Living Well Through Activity in Care Homes (BAOT / COT)

Summary The British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and College of Occupational Therapists (COT) have produced a set of free online resources designed to help care home residents maintain health, their sense of purpose and involvement by continuing to engage … Continue reading

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Dementia Dogs Trained to Comfort and Assist Owners (BBC Scotland)

Summary Dementia Dogs have been reported to reduce anxiety, depression and distress in people with early-stage dementia. Early trials in Scotland indicate that such pets can also be trained to help people in more practical ways; for example by reminding people … Continue reading

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Emotional Robots: Robot Seals Comfort Dementia Patients (Age UK / BBC News / GeroPsych: Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry)

Summary Research into the therapeutic uses of android companions indicates that PARO (a robotic harp seal) can help to reduce anxiety and distress among people with mild to late-stage dementia. Emotional robots – somewhat similar to pets – appear to have … Continue reading

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PEARL Specialised Dementia Service Confirms Reduced Requirement for Antipsychotic Medication (Four Seasons Health Care)

Summary This report covers the progress of Four Seasons Health Care in halving use of antipsychotic medication for adults with dementia through their specialist PEARL (Positively Enriching And enhancing Residents’ Lives) care programme. Many positive outcomes are reported. Full Text … Continue reading

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