Being Patient: Robotic Pets To The Rescue? Dementia Care Gets Innovative

Tom Stevens pets his golden retriever Jennie. The dog squints her brown eyes.

“How are you?” Tom says.

Jennie barks in response.

This encounter, documented on YouTube, seems typical except for one important detail: Jennie is 100-percent robotic. Her bark sounds from a built-in speaker and her features are the handiwork of Jim Henson’s creature shop.

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