Can dogs make a difference to dementia care
We’ve all heard of dogs being used to help people who are blind, partially sighted or have hearing difficulties. They’ve even been used to help people with autism or those with long-term mobility problems.
What if dogs could help people with dementia too?
Dementia Dog is an exciting new research project, which aims to discover the impact a dog can have on a person with dementia. It is a joint project between Glasgow School of Art, Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for the Disabled, with expert advice from Guide Dogs UK. It has received funding from the Scottish Government and won funding from the Design Council and the Department of Health through the Living well with dementia challenge.
The Dementia Dog project team are trying to find out the ways in which having a dog could help someone with dementia. It might allow them to maintain their independence at home for longer, improve their confidence, keep them active and engaged with their local community, as well as providing a constant companion who could help with some of the difficulties that people with dementia face on a daily basis.
To do this research, we need your help. Please tell us about your experiences of dogs and people with dementia. If you’d like to help with further research, please leave us your contact details too.
Dementia Dog team