1. Unconditional Love – Therapy Dogs in Action! Alzheimer's Caregivers 52:56

Dogs provide us with unconditional love and emotional support that we can’t always get in a human.  My neighbor Bella is a therapy dog and she’s one of the best dogs I’ve ever met.  On today’s episode, Terry, Bella’s human, and I talk about the benefits a therapy dog can bring to hospitalized people, seniors in memory communities and even at-risk children.  It’s a heartwarming conversation we had on a rainy day while drinking tea and talking about all things dog.
What Is A Therapy Dog?
A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort and love to people in hospitals, Retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas. They are defined but not covered or protected under the Federal Housing Act or Americans with Disabilities act. They also do not have public access rights with exception to the specific places they are visiting and working.

Therapy dogs are usually not assistance or service dogs, but can be one or both with some organizations. Many organizations provide evaluation and registration for therapy dogs, sometimes with focus on a particular therapeutic practice such as reading to dogs.

A recent study on elderly nursing home patients now offers scientific support that brief weekly visits from man’s best friend can have a positive therapeutic impact. Terry has experienced this and tells us about it in this episode. It’s one reason I gave it the title of Unconditional Love.

If you want to hear more about seniors and dogs, check out the episode I call Misty Tales. It’s all about my Mom and her dog. I promise, it’s a good one with quite a few laughs. You won’t regret listening to Misty Tales.

Therapy Dogs Seem To Boost Health of Sick & Lonely – National Geographic article

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After helping care for her grandmother who had vascular dementia, Jennifer realized her Mother was showing signs of early onset Alzheimer’s. After the death of her father in 2017 Jennifer went searching for answers to many of the common questions and Alzheimer’s Caregiver faces. Being a busy entrepreneur Jennifer realized that a podcast would be the easiest way to learn more about caregiving while completing other tasks.

Sadly, in late 2017 she only found one and it didn’t quite address what she was looking for, so she did the next best thing, and started her own. The Fading Memories podcast is now in it’s fourth year and despite the death of her Mom in March 2020, Jennifer is still talking to caregivers and still learning how to be an excellent Caregiver. On the podcast she discusses caregiving, brain health, Self-Care and how to age well.