"As Alzheimer's disease progresses, the need to nurture, love and be loved increases." American Assoc Geriatric Psychiatrists
The Memorable Monday post of this week was originally published on March 30th, 2012. It is a reminder of the love and comfort Alzheimer patients find in stuffed animal companions and of the reason Memorable Pets was created.
Memorable Pet Cali Finds a Special Place in Betty’s Heart
Written by: Bettina Dickson
Diana, from Pennsylvania, purchased a plush Memorable Pet calico cat for her step-mom, Betty, who has dementia. Diana and Betty call her Cali. Bettina, with Memorable Pets, checked in with Diana to see how her calico plush cat was doing with her loved one. Diana wrote back and said, “I am attaching a picture of my step-mom, Betty, with her Memorable Pet. She has had Cali since December and I can’t begin to tell you what an important part of her life that cat has become. Betty is in assisted living and loves cats. Cali has a special place right next to Betty’s chair but more important, she has a special place in Betty’s heart. Cali is held, stroked and talked to daily. Thank you so much for these life-like animals who enrich the lives of so many.”
Diana’s comments are exactly the reason Memorable Pets exists. Until we have a cure for Alzheimer’s, we believe in creating empathy and acceptance to this horrible disease, and we want to spread the love that a Memorable Pet can bring!
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!
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.
Our Memorable Monday post of the week celebrates the feature of Memorable Pets in the Lexington Herald Leader in 2011.
View the article here: Versailles company offers stuffed pets for Alzheimer's patients
Our Memorable Monday post of the week was written by Bettina Dickson Rusher and discusses the positive effects of humor in relaxing and comforting Alzheimer's patients. This article below:
Humor Therapy Eases Agitation for Alzheimer’s Patients (Originally Posted 2011)
By: Bettina Dickson Rusher
“Exposing Alzheimer’s patients to ‘humor therapy’ appears as effective as psychiatric drugs in reducing the agitation that often plagues those struggling with dementia, new Australian research suggests.” (Source: DoctorsLounge.)
My mother and others we have known with Alzheimer’s and mid to late stages of dementia received great joy, laughter and comfort from a Memorable Pet. We stumbled upon this accidentally, but it looks like there is some real science to back this up.
Every Monday of each week here at Memorable Pets will be affectionately dubbed "Memorable Mondays", where we will repost previous Memorable Pets blog entries to reflect on milestones we have achieved and happiness brought to our wonderful customers and supporters and their families.
This week's entry was originally posted on October 3rd, 2011 and serves as a reminder that our #1 goal at Memorable Pets is to provide comfort and love to Alzheimer's patients through unconditionally loyal plush animals.
Stuffed Animals from Memorable Pets Give Comfort for Alzheimer’s Patients (Written October 3rd, 2011)
Three Memorable Pets were recently given to residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia at Reflections in Danville, Kentucky. Danielle, a coordinator at Reflections wrote, “Thank you so much for these pets. They have been a soothing source of pleasure and laughter in our unit. ”
Read how John, Emma, and Betty are all finding comfort and companionship from their new Memorable Pets.
John is a new resident with early to middle stage dementia. He shows a lot of anxiety and paces the unit if he is not engaged in some sort of activity. John always had dogs growing up and he was comforted very much by the pug puppy that he calls Mischief.
Emma is a quiet lady who engages in conversation with others, but is often so soft spoken that other residents do not hear her when she speaks. One day she was complaining of being lonely, of missing her family, when she mentioned her cats. Once we received our Memorable Pets donated through the Pets to People program, we made sure Emma received the calico cat. She does not carry it around constantly, but spends time checking on it, making sure her cat is resting comfortably in her bed when she is not in her room, and holding it in her lap when she is in her room.
Betty is a social woman who has been living at Reflections for quite some time. She greatly enjoys taking care of others. Sometimes taking care of other residents is not an ideal activity for her, as it can present more safety risks. Betty has enjoyed taking care of her golden retriever.