These Alzheimer's Patients Got Puppies To Help Them Feel Loved

A man and his 92-year-old grandmother wanted to help people with Alzheimer's and dementia this holiday season. 

The yearly Thanksgiving tradition observed in the US might revolve around turkey, pumpkin pies and trampling fellow shoppers on Black Friday, but we think that this tradition should be at the top of everyone's list.

Ohio comedian Ross Smith and his 92-year-old grandmother, aka "Granny", who posts videos on Facebook, visited four different aged care homes in the state last week and brought the best present you could ever ask for: puppies.

The residents' faces lit up while they had a pat and a cuddle with the pups.

"We're just trying to spread as much positivity as we can... it makes us happy, too," Smith told CBS News.

Granny (right) and a resident of one of the homes having a snuggle with a puppy. Image: Facebook

"So, when I go into these rooms and I speak to people... you can tell they've been affected by this disease. But when you give them a puppy, it's like radio silence and they're so focused. It's like night and day."

About one in 10 Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer's -- that figure is exactly the same in Australia.

Smith and Granny wanted to make sure that people with Alzheimer's and dementia know they're not forgotten during the holidays.

Image: Facebook

"This all started just as a little, small idea to give back and use our platform. Inspire people to do good," Smith told CBS.

Image: Facebook

"We want people to be remembered and loved all year-round but especially during the holiday season, we want them to feel cared for."

The puppies were on loan from a local pet store, so Smith and Granny also gave the residents a printed pillow with a picture of the pupper they'd been holding.