27 Apr '12, 12am

Guide Dogs for Dementia Care

Guide Dogs for Dementia Care

By Paula Spencer Scott , Caring.com senior editor You’ve heard of guide dogs for the blind and the disabled. How about a trusty Golden Retriever or lab to guide your loved one with dementia? That’s the premise being tested in Scotland. Alzheimer’s Scotland and Dogs for the Disabled are working together on a “guide dogs for the mind” experiment, which was conceived by design students at the Glasgow School of Art. The first dogs will be assigned to four couples in Scotland this September. In each couple, one of the pair has mild dementia. “People in the early stages of dementia are still able to live a relatively normal life, and dogs help to maintain routine,” Joyce Gray of Alzheimer’s Scotland told The Independent . The dogs are trained to respond to sound triggers. The sounds prompt them to perform care tasks. For example, a dementia guide dog might wake the person with d...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/guide-dogs-for-dementia-...

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