Can a dog serve as a substitute for a person’s failing memory? Rather amazingly, the answer is yes.
People in developed countries are living considerably longer, which is certainly great, though not without its challenges–one of the major problems for the elderly and their caretakers is the decline of memory-related mental abilities. In the United States, it is estimated that around 15 percent of people 65 and older will suffer from some form of dementia, while an additional 10 percent will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This amounts to around 5.5 million people in the US alone, which presents a looming challenge for both the health care system and families.
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