Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Animals Are Magic; All Creatures Great and Small Taken to Care Home to Act as a "Memory Trigger" for Patients Suffering from Alzheimer's

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Animals Are Magic; All Creatures Great and Small Taken to Care Home to Act as a "Memory Trigger" for Patients Suffering from Alzheimer's

Article excerpt

Byline: KATE O'NEILL

SNAKES, tarantulas and guinea pigs are not normally what you would find in a residential care home.

But the residents of Bewick Lodge Care Home in Lemington, which cares for patients with Alzheimer's and dementia, enjoyed interacting with all kinds of animals, including creepy crawlies. The group took part in an animal therapy session, which has been proven to act as a memory trigger for people suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia, but it also means being brave enough to touch strange animals.

In the session, residents enjoyed holding the animals.

Activities' coordinator for Bewick Lodge, Helen Richards, 39, from Chapel Lane, said: "It's hard to find activities which suit everyone here because they all suffer from different things.

"But the really love the animal therapy. "We once had a local school choir in to sing for them and they loved that as well. Children and animals really seem to make them come alive."

One resident, Hilda Scholeg, is a huge animal lover. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.