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4 Heartwarming Examples of the Healing Power of Animals (Videos)

The Dementia Dog program was developed as part of a competition initiated in the United Kingdom by the Department of Health and the Design Council, called, “Living Well with Dementia.” Competitors were tasked with developing innovative ways to improve the lives of people suffering from dementia.

A team comprised of members of the Glasgow School of Art, Alzheimer’s Scotland, Dogs for the Disabled and Guide Dogs U.K. came up with a concept they dubbed the “Dementia Dog” program. This program was designed to help people who have dementia and are still living at home to re-connect with their community and remain independent.

For more information on how guide dogs can help people with dementia, see: Canine Caregivers Change the Lives of Alzheimer’s Sufferers

The Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, Massachusetts uses therapy llamas to help older adults who are struggling with dementia and memory loss.

Engaging with these gentle, long-necked creatures helps put the men and women in the center’s memory support unit at ease. “When you have an interaction with an animal, it’s just more relaxed. There’s no expectation—there’s just love,” says Erica Labb, the Memory Support Program Director for the center.

Maggie the miniature horse lives in Massachusetts. In this video, Maggie hoofs it up and down the corridors of the Day by Day Adult Care Center in Glouchester, MA, generously doling out her signature “kisses,” much to the delight of the center’s aging visitors.

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9:45PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Beautiful to witness...thanks for sharing.

8:57PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Animals are truly comforting and certainly have many healing qualities for many people.

9:32AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Life is not a good one without animals

9:11AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

Llamas and miniature horsies!? :) This is the first time I've seen them doing these activities. Great idea! Thanks for sharing these videos with us! :)

8:58PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Fascinating and marvellous.

3:54PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

their love is so precious! thank you for sharing

8:02AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

2:33AM PDT on May 14, 2013

As it has been stated-- dogs are man's best friend-- but it doesn't just stop there. There are many possibilities that will help not only the aged, but children as well. They will bond with an animal and the animals in turn help them in ways that sometimes man can't do.

9:26AM PDT on May 13, 2013

I know that people don't have family they at least deserve an animal they can kiss.

6:53PM PDT on May 7, 2013

thank you for sharing the heart warming story.

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