Laguna Niguel, CA - Most dog owners are aware of therapy dogs, who have been trained to help people with PTSD, seizure disorders, diabetes, autism and blindness. These canines are chosen for their calm dispositions and friendliness and are frequent and welcome visitors to nursing homes and hospitals.
But dogs can also bring comfort as well as real help, to dementia patients and their caregivers. A study in 2017 showed that therapy dog use with Alzheimer’s patients was increasing and also shows the dogs’ presence boosts patients’ socialization and sense of well-being.
Dementia assistance dogs require a long period of specialized training, up to two years, so the families of loved ones who have been recently diagnosed with dementia need to think about applying for a dog right away.
Depending on the trainer, these dogs can prevent patients from leaving their homes if they are not accompanied by another person, they can get medications, and they can also awaken the patient each morning.
To read the remainder of this article, Dogs Can Bring Comfort To Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers, inclucing information on how to find a dementia assistance dog, go to WoofPost.com.
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