|Research Centre||DCRC Carers and Consumers|
|Partner Institution||Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Northumbria University, UK, Fachochschule Frankfurt am Main, Germany|
PARO is a therapeutic, pet-type robot with the appearance of a baby harp seal. It was developed in Japan and was intended to have a calming effect on people living in nursing homes.
pictured: Prof Glenda Wood with PARA
This project aims to compare the effect of PARO and participation in a reading group on social engagement, communication and quality of life in people with dementia living in long-term care.
This study will be a randomised control trial using a within-subjects, cross-over design.
Participants will be engaged in a structured group activity involving either PARO or a reading activity for 45 minutes, three times a week, for 5 weeks. This will be followed by 3 weeks of no activity (wash-out period), after which participants will 'cross-over' treatment groups and experience 5 weeks of the opposite activity (also three times a week for 45 minutes each time). Engagement and emotional state will be measured during each session, with quality of life, anxiety, depression and apathy measured before and after the interventions.