“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.”-George Eliot
Animals are the perfect therapists and companions for individuals with Dementia/Alzheimer’s. They provide a huge amount of social support and unconditional love.
Research shows that people with Dementia recognize a pet as friendly and non-threatening. When these individuals have a pet with them, studies show that they display more interactive behaviors.
Dogs especially are known to reduce agitation in Dementia patients, and increase their joy. They also motivate Dementia patients to increase their physical activity, even in small ways, such as, playing with the dog, taking it on a short walk, or taking the time and effort to groom the dog. They are also an easy topic for conversation for patients with Dementia who are usually very stressed in social settings.
Some Assisted Living Communities specialize in the care of Dementia/Alzheimer’s patients and have pets on site as therapy for the residents.
If you or a loved one is dealing with Dementia/Alzheimer’s and are interested in locating a community that specializes in Dementia care, please call us at (619) 660-8814. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns and provide helpful guidance.