It's long been known that owning a pet has many health and psychological benefits, from lowering blood pressure, alleviating depression and loneliness and even boosting self-esteem.
Some researchers have even found it can help dementia patients.
Many retirement homes and elderly facilities across the nation have decided to “adopt” these furry robotic companions – cats and dogs – and the results are apparent.
Not only did the staff testify to seeing changes in the resident’s demeanor, facial expressions and mood, but the resident themselves reported feeling much less lonely and improvement in quality of life.
They stroke, talk and care for these robo-pets as if they were real, and while real dogs can choose not to interact with certain people, these pets can be placed on every resident’s lap and allow them to enjoy the benefits of its company.