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Faux Fido eases loneliness in nursing home residents as well as real dog, SLU study finds
Date:2/25/2008

lping pet-loving nursing home residents feel less lonely and more connected to another being, Banks says.

There is a lot of loneliness in nursing homes and animal-assisted therapy whether from a dog or a robot is one answer for addressing that, he says.

Robots with personality also could help care for older adults who live alone and need a little monitoring, Banks adds. Think R2D2.

This health companion could follow a person in his home, giving reminders on when to take medication or sending out an alert when a person has suddenly gone from a vertical position to a horizontal one, Banks says.

A person could get tired of a robot following him around. But if you could change that inanimate voyeur to a personal part of his life and a companion, that could be entirely different.


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Contact: Nancy Solomon
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314-977-8017
Saint Louis University
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