Connecting with Alzheimer’s Patients- Even in the Latest Stages of the Disease

Four activities can effectively reach Alzheimer’s patients at any stage: visits by a child, visits from a pet, listening to or playing music and observing or creating artwork. Children can reach and interact with patients at a deep emotional level. Like children, pets can have a similar effect because of their unconditional love. “One of the joys of persons with dementia that seems to remain intact, untouched over time, is the joy created by a visit from a pet,” says Susan Gilster, Executive Director of Alois Alzheimer Center. Music and can affect patients’ health and social function allowing them to express themselves and connect with others.

February 1, 2012, Huffington Post

 

Written by Marie Marley.

 

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