Social robots in advanced dementia

Introduction Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is expected to affect to 75.62 million people by 2030 and 135.46 million by 2050. The prevention and treatment of secondary causes of dementia (hypothyroidism, vitamin B12 deficiency, Lyme disease, neurosyphillis…) and the control of risk factors (smoking, underactivity, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, lack of education…) may decrease the incidence (Prince et al., 2013). Research focused on finding a cure for dementia is key, but in the meantime, we must bear in mind that patients with dementia need the most appropriate treatment. New drugs and non-pharmacological treatments are currently being researched. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT), the use of animals in therapy sessions, is one such non-pharmacological tool currently under investigation. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews published a protocol to study “AAT for people with serious mental…

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