A new study by Swedish researchers explores how people with dementia react and interact with robotic cats. It also examines the reactions and observations of families and professional caregivers.
The study, published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing, also measured the usability of interactive robotic pets in dementia treatment and care. The pilot study was conducted in two stages to garner quantitative and qualitative results.
Researchers found that the robots were easy for the individual with dementia to use. Interviews found that there were several positive effects through the interactions. Activities with the robot, such as petting, provided stimulation, relaxation, peace, communication which, in turn, added to the user’s sense of well-being.
The study suggests that the use of robotic pets can become a complementary addition in the care of people with Alzheimer’s.