Service dogs show promise for patients with dementia and their families

07/15/2013 | BBC

What are believed to be the world's first service dogs specially trained to help people with dementia have gone to work in Scotland after 18 months of preparation. The dogs, a golden retriever named Oscar and a yellow Labrador named Kaspa, respond to alarms, deliver medicine pouches and encourage their owners to read reminder notes. The dogs have helped patients get out and about and stick to schedules and have offered some relief to patients' spouses.

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