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Alzheimer’s Patients Come To Life When Man And His 92-Year-Old Granny Surprise Them With Puppies

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

Ross Smith and his beloved grandmother, aka Granny, are known on YouTube for their sweet and funny “social experiments” — but with the holiday season approaching, the adorable duo went for something more meaningful.

Ross and Granny did some research and learned that people with Alzheimer’s and dementia tend to connect incredibly well with animals.

According to Everyday Health, “Therapy dogs and other animals can stimulate social interaction and ease agitation in dementia patients.” Benefits include social stimulation, reduced agitation, improved physical activity and eating, and a boost in overall pleasure.

So Ross and Granny gathered a bunch of adorable puppies and headed into a senior home in Ohio, hoping to spread some cheer.

Nothing prepared them for the results. “It was like night and day,” Ross told Inside Edition.

The senior residents responded so well to the puppies that it has inspired the grandmother and grandson duo to continue their efforts across the country.

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