Seasons Milton welcomes a furry addition to the family

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Introducing Ripley: a 7-year-old goldendoodle (half-golden retriever, half-poodle). He is proudly living in the Memory Care area of Seasons Milton. Seasons management agreed Ripley’s wagging tail and caring demeanor would highly benefit residents at Seasons Milton.

In 2002, a study conducted on an Alzheimer’s special care unit, showed that having a resident dog (versus a visiting dog), significantly improved the behaviors of participants, during the day. Dogs offer unconditional love and do not judge, which is especially constructive for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

A dog’s presence helps reduce some effects of dementia like anxiety, agitation, depression and loneliness. Pets also encourage people to be more interactive. At Seasons Milton, Ripley’s involvement in activities such as greeting residents and going on walks, is greatly benefitting the residents. Family members, residents and staff are baking him homemade treats and buying him toys, to welcome him to the family and celebrate his arrival.

Seasons Milton general manager, Andrea Duhamel says, “Ripley lights up the entire home, he makes everybody smile. It’s clear that having Ripley here is positive for our residents in the Memory Care area.”

The memory rooms in the Memory Care area of the homes contain objects that have a significant meaning to residents. The objects bring family members and residents closer together and provide residents a sense of comfort and recognition.

Ripley appears to be serving a similar function. Residents and visiting family often take Ripley on walks together and enjoy his company. He creates a point of conversation which helps families connect with their loved ones experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s.

“Ripley has brought the whole home together and has improved our residents quality of life,” says Andrea.

Everyone within the Seasons community warmly welcomes Ripley to the family and looks forward to sharing more of the joy Ripley brings to Seasons Milton.

Sources:

Allen, K. (2017, January 03). Alzheimer’s Disease: The Magic of Pets. Retrieved August 28, 2017, from http://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/article/alzheimers-disease-magic-pets