This program is the first of its kind to support people living with young onset dementia diagnoses and their care partners through equine-guided activities focusing on mindfulness, self-awareness, and verbal and nonverbal communication
"I am happy that our president got a perfect score of 30 out of 30 on his cognitive screen, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA, a tool commonly used to identify mild cognitive impairment. Passing this test means less than most people think. At all levels of our society, I find that the popular understanding of decision-making “capacity” is not nearly adequate for the silver tsunami of elders in the pipeline. MoCA, and other tests used to judge capacity, only roughly approximate an elder’s fitness to manage his or her life. These tests often fail to catch the nuances that can mean the difference between an elder getting the care they need rather than being swindled out of their life savings.
When you have a frail, elderly person who is having lots of trouble getting around, it’s important to get him out of bed each day, just to move around and retain what strength he can. It’s most convenient to transfer the patient from bed to a wheelchair. But if the patient really can’t walk any more, then that patient should use a reclining wheelchair if at all possible
Adult children and other family members often struggle to accept that an elder has dementia. Sometimes they believe that the elder is doing things 'on purpose'. Sharing experiences and listening to others' experiences can help understand the disease and the behaviors and realize that it is the 'disease' that is causing the behaviors.