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

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Stuffed Animals for Geriatric Patients

Thank you very much for your donation of 6 pets.  We did received them from the Hospital Foundation soon after their arrival. 

After all the staff enjoyed to look at them we have started to include them in our distribution program.  We gave out our first one today and had excellent results.

On a funny note, our social worker was carrying one of the long-haired dogs donated and a hospital administrator came up to see why an unauthorized animal was being brought to the hospital by staff.

The patient who received it enjoyed it very much as well.

Anthony Arslan, DO, CAQGM

Communicate through Memorable Pets

This week's blog takes a look at an article from The Alzheimer's Reading Room, entitled 'Communicating with the Deeply Forgetful'.

The article seeks to explain and break down how people living with later stages of Alzheimer's view the world around them, and in particular, how their reality is much different from the reality that we are used to.

In order to foster a means of helpful communication, the focus of the caregiver should shift to the new reality of a deeply forgetful personthat iswhat they think and believe to be true. This is sometimes difficult, as it often involves "playing" pretend" or placating them in ways that you are not used to, especially when the person you are caring for is someone you hold to a high degree of respect.

"I feel confident when I say thisyou won't be able to convince a person who is deeply forgetful that they are wrong, and you won't be able to convince them that your reality is the true reality." (source

The goal then, is to discover ways to communicate that benefit both the caregiver and a loved one with Alzheimer's.

Memorable Pets invokes the philosophy of traditional pet therapy; that animals can have a calming and positive effect on people with Alzheimer's, particularly when it comes to helping them become more social and more involved with other people.

These stuffed animals, which are especially crafted to be realistic and cuddly alternatives to real dogs and cats, can provide a very special link of communication between a person with Alzheimer's and their caregiver and/or family. They are capable of not only soothing agitation and other kinds of stress, but also of stirring and rekindling old memories by way of a beloved family pet and companion.

Read more: Communicating with the Deeply Forgetful

At Memorable Pets, we are highly dedicated to raising funds for Alzheimer's awareness and research, which is why a portion of the proceeds from each Memorable Pet goes toward Alzheimer's care. You can learn more about our selection of pets and how you can help at our website: memorablepets.com

 

Alzheimer's Therapy: Keeping Imagination Alive

Our blog today looks at the work being done at Pine Run Retirement Community in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where the residents use painting and clay molding to rekindle their memories.

Kris Sinisi, an art instructor at the community who helps the residents with their projects says that imagination is something that does not falter: "They may lose certain memories, but imagination is key, and it's always there, and it can always be sparked and triggered."

In the same way, Memorable Pets seeks to help patients with dementia and Alzheimer's reinvent memories of their beloved pets, and through the interaction with stuffed animals, act as a social bond they share with their loved ones.

Many patients who receive a Memorable Pet believe it is alive--an actual dog or cat. This sense of imagination and belief is crucial to the outlet for nurturing and caring for something that a Memorable Pet provides.

Read more: Art of Aging: Alzheimer's Therapy

At Memorable Pets, we are highly dedicated to raising funds for Alzheimer's awareness and research, which is why a portion of the proceeds from each Memorable Pet goes toward Alzheimer's care. You can learn more about our selection of pets and how you can help at our website: memorablepets.com

'Baby Doll' brings Joy and Light to the Darkness of Alzheimer's

Our blog entry today is on a narrative by Nancy Wurtzel, public relations professional, creative writer, and owner of the blog Dating Dementia, who relays the story of her mother's gradual decline into the hardships of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 85.

In her later stages after diagnosis, Wurtzel's mother, once highly social and outgoing, began to withdraw from the world and stopped attempting meaningful interactions or conversations. In her earlier stages, she began hoarding containers of old food and became obsessed with winning games like bingo or cards—often sulking like a child when she lost.

As her mother continued to withdraw and her years grew shorter and her world became smaller, Nancy turned to doll therapy, and hesitantly bought a soft-bodied realistic doll for her mother, hoping it would bring some comfort to her.

The effect was amazing. Upon giving her mother the doll, Nancy could tell she was instantly fascinated. Her mother and 'Baby Doll', as they called the doll, became inseparable. Caring for and interacting with Baby Doll gave Nancy's mother a new sense of purpose, companionship, and joy.

When Nancy's mother passed away in Nancy's own home under hospice care, Baby Doll was with her, cradled under her chin.

Read more: Baby doll brings comfort during the Alzheimer's journey

Doll therapy is similar in concept to using stuffed animals for comfort and healing, in the way that Memorable Pets does. Realistic and soft plush animals can give Alzheimer's and dementia patients a new purpose in caring for something, and create a strong bond between patient and pet that can last for the remainder of a loved one's life.

At Memorable Pets, we are highly dedicated to raising funds for Alzheimer's awareness and research, which is why a portion of the proceeds from each Memorable Pet goes toward Alzheimer's care. You can learn more about our selection of pets and how you can help at our website: memorablepets.com

Hilarity for Charity Grants for Alzheimer's Care

Actor and comedian Seth Rogen, along with his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, have dedicated a charity known as Hilarity for Charity to helping families receive free Alzheimer's care for their loved ones. Hilarity for Charity has partnered with Home Instead Senior Care—an organization built around providing in-home care to Alzheimer's patients within the U.S. and Canada.

The charity's care grants have already provided 6,000 hours of free care to more than 130 families, and the organization is still accepting applications for grants, which range from 25 hours of short-term care to long-term care.

To apply for a grant from Hilarity for Charity, please visit Help for Alzheimer's Families.

Read more: Comedian’s charity provides grants for Alzheimer’s care

At Memorable Pets, we are highly dedicated to raising funds for Alzheimer's awareness and research, which is why a portion of the proceeds from each Memorable Pet goes toward Alzheimer's care. You can learn more about our selection of pets and how you can help at our website: memorablepets.com

Alzheimer's Disease Devastating Kentucky and Indiana

As a Kentucky-based company, we at Memorable Pets feel it is especially important to shed light on issues taking place in our area, and in this case, it is particularly disheartening to learn that the death rate for Alzheimer's in both Kentucky and Indiana has risen by over 70 percent since the year 2000. In addition, many Americans are not even being told they have the disease.

This new report comes from the Alzheimer's Association—according to the 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, Kentucky suffered from 1,462 Alzheimer's-related deaths in 2012, while Indiana suffered 2,104. The Association estimates that around 68,000 Kentucky seniors and 110,000 Indiana seniors currently have the disease.

An analysis in the report also shows that less than half of Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer's disease are being told by their doctors about the diagnosis, while the disclosure rates for breast cancer and prostate cancer are 96 percent and 92 percent, respectively.

DeeAnna Esslinger, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association's Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter, says that the poor disclosure rate for Alzheimer's may be due to the stigma that's commonly associated with the disease, as well as some physicians being ill-equipped to talk about an Alzheimer's diagnosis with patients and their families.

Esslinger says the lack of effective treatments and no cure for Alzheimer's may also explain doctors' hesitance to reveal a diagnosis. However, she encourages people who think they are experiencing symptoms, or those who are concerned for a loved one, to be assertive and persistent. "Go to the doctor and ask the questions and keep asking the questions until you are satisfied that you have the appropriate answer."

Read more: Alzheimer's disease takes toll in Ky. and Ind.

At Memorable Pets, we are highly dedicated to raising funds for Alzheimer's awareness and research, which is why a portion of the proceeds from each Memorable Pet goes toward Alzheimer's care. You can learn more about our selection of pets and how you can help at our website: memorablepets.com

Actavis Launches Unconditional Love Campaign for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, Actavis plc, announced the launch of their Unconditional Love campaign today, in honor of the more than 15 million Americans who act as caregivers to a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's, and the unconditional bond and patience they develop through caregiving.

"Caregiving is a different kind of love that most people don't expect to experience," says Betsy Broyles, caregiver and partner of Actavis. "Caregiving requires you to take on many different roles; but in doing so, the unconditional love you provide ensures that your loved one is treated properly. In turn, you begin to understand, address and properly respond to your loved one's needs."

Actavis has launched its new website www.AlzheimersUnconditionalLove.com as part of its campaign, which seeks to provide awareness and education about Alzheimer's, as well as tools and resources to help and support caregivers.

"The Love Architect" expert Kailen Rosenberg, also a partner of Actavis and its campaign, reflects on the meaning of Valentine's Day, saying, "Each year on Valentine's Day, we celebrate the romantic loves in our lives, honoring them and toasting to a lifetime of love. But too often the love of a caregiver is under appreciated. I'm excited to partner with Actavis on this unique campaign to elevate the importance of caregivers and the unconditional love they provide."

To learn more about the Unconditional Love campaign, please visit AlzheimersUnconditionalLove.

Read more: Actavis launches the "Unconditional Love" Campaign to Recognize Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers

At Memorable Pets, we are highly dedicated to raising funds for Alzheimer's awareness and research, which is why a portion of the proceeds from each Memorable Pet goes toward Alzheimer's care. You can learn more about our selection of pets and how you can help at our website: memorablepets.com

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