Mom is doing pretty well. She lives at home, drives, and does her own grocery shopping. However, you’re starting to notice subtle mishaps that are keeping you up at night.
She hasn’t had a lot of companionship lately. She might even be depressed, but you can’t be with her 24/7. You tried to talk to her but she’s always been strong and independent, and she made you promise to never put her “in a home”.
Feelings of worry, fear, and guilt are becoming a “normal” part of your life. You just don’t have the capacity to insure her safety and well-being at all times.
Lassie to the Rescue
I’m sure you’ve heard the benefits of dog therapy but I bet you haven’t heard much about dogs trained specifically to help people with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. These dogs can alleviate the need for medications and non-existent robot companions.
They are friends we can trust to provide unbiased love, protection, and companionship to Mom. We all know that dogs can be trained to do some extraordinary things, and helping people with dementia is no different.
To learn more, please read this article that I wrote on Alzlive.com: Dementia Dogs, In-Home Care.
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Have you seen dogs used to assist people with dementia or do you have questions related to the process? Please share below in the comments.