Meet Kaspa, the First “Dementia Dog” in the United Kingdom – Dogster
Please take a look at this wonderful article. Dogs trained to help those with dementia and Alzheimer’s may become a common and welcome site in the near future.
The dog, trained for tasks like bringing medication at a certain time, waking its people, and fetching items among other things.
Just as important, it provides comfort. When someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s gets upset, anxious or angry, the dog intervenes and calms, distracts, and comforts. When you think of how alone it can feel when you are unable to remember, it must be such a relief to have a loving dog there letting you know you are not alone.
Often we’ve seen incredible results in humans when presented with a pet to hold or to touch. People may smile that never show facial expression, some have talked to the animal when they had stopped speaking. It’s always impressive to see. So it shouldn’t surprise us when a dog can reduce stress in an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient.
What a wonderful plan!
Following up on this article, as of first quarter 2015, the Dementia Dog Project is raising funds to measure the results of their project. With that it may be possible to increase the number of dogs trained to help.
If you would like to help, you can find further information at their site.
The project places dogs in the homes of dementia sufferers, allowing the people to regain their lives.