In a new London project, care homes are beginning to bring in guinea pigs for their residents to enjoy social moments with. The patients, who suffer from dementia, respond positively to the connection with these furry friends.
Patients with dementia find closeness and communication increasingly difficult, which leads to isolation that affects overall health. Time spent each week with a pet seems to be producing incredible benefits, although modern medicine cannot accept the lack of tangible progress.
Could looking after a dog or a cat for an hour be in the future of prescriptions for isolated seniors?