The Dementia Dog Project builds services for people with dementia that brings dogs back into their lives or supports them to continue their relationship with dogs.
It aims to prove that dogs can help people with dementia maintain their waking, sleeping and eating routine, remind them to take medication, improve confidence, keep them active and engaged with their local community, as well as providing a constant companion who will reassure when facing new and unfamiliar situations.
For more information have a look through our site or get in contact if you would like to get involved.
Its a busy week for Rolf and Evie, our visiting (intervention) dog behaviour experts. Wednesday saw them going through their paces at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).
Barbara Sharp from Alzheimer Scotland is working with her team to make UWS the first dementia friendly campus.
Among lots of activity planned for the week we were asked to come and share the progress of the two dementia dog pilots.
With the help of a rather laid back Rolf and the ever willing Evie, Ken Hamilton the Intervention dog trainer, demonstrated how well the visiting dogs can engage and entertain their ‘audience’, we were all quickly laughing with delight at the antics of both (extremely well behaved) dogs. Jeni and Ken also demonstrated how the team are using the findings of the pilots to develop further dog behaviours that support dementia.
Evie demonstrated fetching some socks and bringing them back to Ken. This game is the first step in exploring how dogs could help support dressing and undressing dementia behaviours. Further work is needed on this and other topics raised by the ongoing pilots.
Friday the 6th will see both dogs in action again at the dementia awareness conference in Glasgow. Jeni and Joyce Gray the project lead from Alzscot will be sharing the progress of the pilots while Ken and his four footed stars will be delighting audiences with their amazing antics.
Our first two dementia assistance dog teams are now officially qualified and working with people in the early phases of dementia. This makes them the first official dementia assistance dogs working in the UK.
For more information on how the dogs are helping check out the stories section.
Dementia Dog along with Dementia Circle & Dementia: Digital Futures (two other projects using design innovation to help people affected dementia) held an exhibit & workshop at the Alzheimer Scotland Self Directed Support Conference on the 23rd of September 2013. As a group we were trying to identify the small everything problems people are faced with, while at the same time looking for possible solutions.
Dementia Dog held a presentation at the Guide Dog Training Centre in Forfar for NHS professionals interested in the project. We discussed the applications of innovation in healthcare and got some fantastic feedback from the group on ways to develop Dementia Dog’s various services. This was topped of with a demonstration from Von, one of our assistance dogs in training. Thanks for attending guys!
The 3rd to the 9th of June 2013 was Scotland’s National Dementia Week, and to mark the occasion some of the Dementia Dog team where asked to hold a workshop at the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Connections Conference, hope everyone who attended enjoyed it! We were accompanied by Ken Hamilton (pictured left) and his dogs, Rolf & Evie, who are joining us in our new intervention dog pilot.
Dementia Dog was one of the finalists in the ‘One to Watch’ category at the 2013 Scottish Social Service Council Care Accolades. Some of the team went down to pitch to the judges on Thursday the 25th of May. The overall winner was announced on the 31st of May 2013 at an afternoon tea and award ceremony at Perth Concert Hall… unfortunately we did not win but did receive the judge’s commendations in our category.
In March 2013 Dementia Dog was invited to exhibit at the National Health Exposition at the London Excel. Setting up camp in the ‘Dementia Village’ (next to the band stand), we had 4 great dogs with us over the 2 days who quickly became the stars of the show. It was a great opportunity to meet some influential people and see some other innovative dementia projects that are happening across the country.
Dementia Dog is supported by Alzheimer Scotland. Alzheimer Scotland - Action on Dementia is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland 149069. Registered Office: 22 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 7RN. It is recognised as a charity by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, no. SC022315. Visit our main website at: www.alzscot.org