Robotic Dogs May Be Good Companions for Elderly - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/26/08

Robotic Dogs May Be Good Companions for Elderly

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According to a study from Saint Louis University that is published in the March 2008 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, researchers have compared how nursing home residents interacted with a robotic dog in comparison with a real dog.  They found that the robotic dog may in fact be a good companion for elderly people who can no longer care for real pets.

Residents said they formed attachments to both kinds of dogs, real or robotic, and that they helped to ease loneliness.  Researchers say in the future, they want to program the robotic dogs to give reminders for taking medication or for alerting doctors when someone falls.

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