Thanks to a group of students at the Glasgow School of Art, two families in Scotland now have the help of dogs trained to assist Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their caregivers.

The students conceived the idea of “dementia dogs,” then partnered with Alzheimer’s and service dog organizations to train two dogs, Oscar the Golden Retriever and Kaspa the Lab, to help people in the early stages of dementia.

The dogs received 18 months of training and learned to do things like respond to alarms, retrieve medicine containers, nudge their owners for various reasons, and even encourage them to get out of bed in the morning.

Both families who received the dogs can’t say enough about the positive difference Oscar and Kaspa have made in their daily lives.

The first two dementia dogs were such a success that two more are now in training, and the organizations involved believe the dogs could be a significant new way of helping people with early-stage dementia.

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