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Robotic Pets Given to People with Dementia

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Benchmark Senior Living at Plymouth Crossings uses robotic pets to help brighten the mood of elderly residents, while also stimulating cognitive function.
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Do you think these pets really are helpful? Why or why not?
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My granny had Alzheimer's and Lewy Body dementia and she had a stuffed dog for the last few years before she passed. She treated it as though it was real and it gave her purpose. My mom is starting to exhibit signs now as well... Something like this would help her, as I don't feel a real pet is a good idea. She forgets to eat sometimes, so a pet is beyond her capabilities.
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For all the naysayers, people with dementia would be unable to feed and actually care for a real pet. This is a fantastic idea.
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This is so good for people with this disorder who might not be able to care for a real animal. We all need someone to love.
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My nana has 2 Joy For All pets and loves her babies!!
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I work with seniors with dementia & these are great!! We have a cat & dog for our unit. The residents all love them. Totally worth the price.
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Better to use rescues as therapy animals.
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I'm in favor of helping patients, but with all of the live animals needing affection, why use expensive robots? I think it is kind of insulting to the patient to give them toys they may think are real. these patients are not children.
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My grandma had a baby furby until she passed. Similar to these robotic dogs, she would wake it up to play with it pretty regularly.
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Whatever helps to make their lives light up a little works, I also hear music helps keep them happy.
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My husband has one. He loves it. He at times will interact with it.
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