Three dogs from The Mayhew Animal Home’s TheraPaws pet therapy programme recently visited people with dementia at an outreach event with Alzheimer’s Society.
Volunteers Deborah Taffler and her dog Noodle, Carol Bolland and her dog Shadow, and Bill Thorpe and his dog Tess, all spent time with people living with dementia and their relatives at Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia café in North London, a meeting place for anyone affected by memory loss and dementia.
The programme recognises the benefits of animals engaging with older people, particularly with dementia, encouraging social interaction to promote emotional and physical wellbeing.
Alan Newman, who regularly attends Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia café, said: “I think TheraPaws is brilliant, I’d already heard of the programme as they used to visit my late wife.”
“It’s so good to see the dogs interacting with people, and it gets them talking about their childhood pets. I even adopted a black cat called Sooty from The Mayhew a few years ago.”
Adrian Pennington from Alzheimer’s Society, says: “We are so grateful to charities like The Mayhew for their free service. TheraPaws is a great initiative and it’s wonderful to see people’s reactions when the dogs first enter the room.”
To find out more about TheraPaws visit www.themayhew.org/therapaws