Jon King was identified with Alzheimer’s 4 years in the past in 2016. At age 77, Jon can not go on lengthy walks or take part in something too energetic. He, like many others in his place, has struggled together with his well being since his analysis and has fought laborious to take care of his reminiscence.

He and his spouse, Jeanette, acknowledged that socialization is vital when coping with a dementia analysis, and they also turned to Dementia Dog. This group was born out of the collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland and UK-based charity Dogs for Good. They specifically prepare help animals to assist individuals with dementia, in addition to their carers.

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In 2018, Jon and Jeanette introduced house a black lab named Lenny from Dementia Dog. “When your partner receives a diagnosis, it feels like your life is closing down,” said Jeanette. “But Lenny has opened up a new world.”

Lenny was specifically skilled via the Dementia Dog program, and is ready to help in all kinds of how corresponding to retrieving medication baggage, gently waking Jon from his naps, and serving to him take away gadgets of clothes. Lenny additionally helps each Jon and Jeanette stay energetic and social, whereas additionally remaining protected throughout COVID-19 lockdowns.

“We’re out every day with Lenny. That is a bonus for our health and socializing — we are forever stopping to talk to people,” Jeanette explained. “Jon can’t bear to be without Lenny now. He’s the one thing always guaranteed to make him smile.” Though Jon is not in a position to be part of Lenny and Jeanette on their every day, hour-long walks, he nonetheless enjoys brief trots and sitting within the backyard whereas throwing Lenny his ball.

dementia dog assistance alzheimer'sPhoto: Facebook/Dementia Dog

Dementia Dog has continued to offer help to their shoppers through the lockdown, trying to find new and artistic methods to extend connection and reduce social isolation.

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