"As Alzheimer's disease progresses, the need to nurture, love and be loved increases." American Assoc Geriatric Psychiatrists

Memorable Mondays

Memorable Mondays: Wendy's Dad Spent His Last Several Days of Life Clutching His Memorable Pet (Orig. Posted 2013)

This week's Memorable Monday post once again celebrates our customers' personal stories and experiences with gifting a Memorable Pet to a loved one.

Wendy's Dad Spent His Last Several Days of Life Clutching His Memorable Pet (Originally Posted December 7th, 2013)

Written by: Bettina Dickson

Wendy from Rockville, MD gave a Memorable Pet Golden Retriever to her father.  She told us recently “he spent the last several days of his life clutching his doggie”.  This breaks my heart and yet also makes me feel glad he had a Memorable Pet to comfort him!

Memorable Mondays: Mary from Rancho Palos Verdes Loves Memorable Pets! (Orig. Posted 2013)

 

This week's Memorable Monday post once again celebrates our customers' personal stories and experiences with gifting a Memorable Pet to a loved one.

Mary from Rancho Palos Verdes Loves Memorable Pets! (Originally Posted Dec. 6th, 2013)

Written by: Bettina Dickson

Mary from Rancho Palos Verdes, California recently purchased our Memorable Pet black lab!  She shipped it to a loved one in Florida. Mary recently wrote to us, "We love your company and we love our Memorable Pet!"

Memorable Mondays: Judy’s Mom Loves Her Calico Memorable Pet (Orig. Posted 2013)

This week's Memorable Monday post remembers Judy from Long Beach, who bought her mother a Memorable Pet calico cat. Judy's mother loves to hold and pet her stuffed cat. These kinds of bonds between Alzheimer's patients and stuffed animals are very strong and tend to form very quickly. Giving a stuffed pet to a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia can be a very simple yet meaningful way of adding purpose to their lives.

Memorable Mondays: People with Alzheimer's Need Entertainment (Orig. Published Feb 19th, 2013)

Today's Memorable Monday post reaffirms the play and entertainment needed by loved ones with Alzheimer's as they mentally regress into childhood. Just like young children, patients with varying degrees of Alzheimer's enjoy games, puzzles, and playing with and caring for dolls and stuffed toys.

People With Alzheimer’s Need Entertainment (Originally published Feb 19th, 2013)

Written by: Bettina Dickson

When my mother was with us, I remember how much she loved to “play” and be entertained. I used to dance and sing for her and she would just get so tickled and laugh until she almost cried! Of course, her beloved Caldonia, her Memorable Pet cat, was always part of the fun. Our motto was “fun first”! Oh how I miss those child-like times with her.

Marie Marley wrote this article about how people with Alzheimer’s need entertainment for therapeutic stimulation. Their needs vary from stage to stage of the disease. Read more here: Creative Entertainment for People With Early- and Mid-Stage Alzheimer's

Memorable Mondays: Bettina Attends Her First National Trade Show In Washington DC (Originally Posted March 30th, 2012)

This Memorable Monday post was originally written and posted in 2012, when Bettina Dickson attended the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatrists Conference with a table promoting Memorable Pets and the comfort they provide to patients diagnosed with severe dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Bettina Attends Her First National Trade Show In Washington DC (Originally published on March 30th, 2012)

Written by: Bettina Dickson

Bettina shows Memorable Pets at the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatrists Conference!

I was amazed at how much attention our table received. The pets are definitely why people stopped by. As I explained how they were used for therapy and comfort, I received a lot of confirmation on the concept. One psychiatrist even said to me in a low voice, “We spend so much money on research, but it’s really things like what you’re doing that makes all the difference in people’s lives.” This was very gratifying to hear!

 

Memorable Mondays: Bessie Morris Gives Memorable Pet to Her 86 Year-old Neighbor (Originally Posted November 19th, 2011)

Our Memorable Monday post this week is a sweet story about friendship and caring between neighbors. Bessie Morris gifted her 86 year-old neighbor a Memorable Pet as a cuddly replacement for her orange tiger cat named Tigger. Read this article below:

Bessie Morris Gives Memorable Pet to Her 86 Year-old Neighbor (Originally Posted November 19th, 2011)

By: Bettina Dickson Rusher

Bessie Morris of Georgetown, KY gives her 86 year old neighbor a Memorable Pet named Opie as a gift. Bessie says she and her neighbor are like sisters and her neighbor used to have an orange cat named Tigger, but he died of cancer at age 18. Now she has a new Tigger and she says her neighbor sleeps with him so she won’t be alone anymore! 

Bettina, of Memorable Pets, received a heart-wrenching voice message from Bessie saying how much she appreciated what we are doing. Bettina decided to send Bessie a Memorable Pet as a gift for being such a wonderful woman and for taking care of her neighbor’s needs.