My latest blog on BuzzFeed is called “Barking Up The Right Tree – ‘Dementia Dogs’ And Other Aids To Remembering Who We Are“.
Here is a summary:
“A labrador and golden retriever have been trained as “assistant dogs” for two UK dementia patients and more are on their way. Dogs can give meaning to our lives, as do other things – from gardening to prayer. Can these help us in times of need?”
And here is an excerpt…
“For thousands of years “man’s best friend” has hunted and herded for him, protected him by sniffing out drugs, explosives and earthquake victims, has assisted the deaf and the blind and has offered simple companionship.
“Dogs do it all. And they have a new role. They are ‘dementia dogs’ that “get their owners out of bed, keep them active and bring them their medication”, according to Monday’s Daily Mail…”
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