The Dementia Dog Project is a collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good which explores how trained dogs can help people to live well with dementia, bringing together leading dementia support services with the provision of specially trained assistance dogs.
Dementia assistance dogs are trained to help maintain a structured routine at home, be a social connector within the community and an emotional anchor for both the person with dementia, and their carer.
Since 2012, an initial pilot study in east Scotland involved the successful training and placing of three dementia assistance dogs with couples, where one person has a diagnosis of early stage dementia and the other is their fulltime carer. To pilot this approach was a world-first. The Dementia Dog Project is supported with funding from the Life Changes Trust. The Trust is funded by the Big Lottery.
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