Fido helps not forget: the effect of robotic pets on memory disorders

Robotic, or animatronic pets, are being used to soothe the anxiety and loneliness that individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia often experience. These robotic animals can ease that anxiety and sense of social isolation without the use of drugs., according to The Advocate. The robotic animals even provide the opportunity for the affected individual to be in the role of nurturer, which can be a very calming experience for him or her.

"A dog or cat can be a companion throughout the day for an elderly individual with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Social isolation is a very common problem among older adults, and having a pet is a really wonderful way to combat that,” notes Dr. Mattan Schuchman, of Johns Hopkins Home-Based Medicine program. Having a robotic pet eliminates the responsibility of a live pet, too, so there’s no stress or burden involved for its owner.

A faux pet can often ease anxiety and bring a sense of joy and well-being. Using a robotic animal is a good way to engage the affected individual as well as giving him or her a purposeful and rewarding activity. It can also be an effective way to decrease stress and agitation, and to provide that person some responsibility, putting structure and purpose back into his or her life.

Read the full story at The Advocate.

Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia , Memory Care Leadership , Technology Trends , Uncategorized