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How a robot helps dementia patients at Minnesota nursing home: “We are taking them back in time”
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How a robot helps dementia patients at Minnesota nursing home: “We are taking them back in time”

Roseville, Minnesota — Jill Breckenridge has a new friend at her Minnesota nursing home — but it's not a person. It's a special robot named Pepper that can talk and even dance with the residents to keep them active. Amid staffing shortages at nursing homes, the robot is part of a pilot program that's helping seniors both physically and mentally. Pepper's special power is using new technology to bring up old memories to help dementia patients. Breckenridge, 83, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, but when Pepper shows her a video with pictures of her past, the memories come flooding back.  "I loved my horse, Lucky Strike. And they would get the cart and we put that horse in and he took us to the different rodeos and I always ran first," she re...