The Power of Paws on Persons with Dementia

EVENT POSTPONED: New Date To Be Determined

“A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. I can’t always explain it myself, but for years now I’ve seen how instances of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people.” – Dr. Edward Creagan, Oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

On Saturday, May 20th, from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter is welcoming Peace, Love & Therapy Dogs to the office for a brief presentation on “The Power of Paws,” and an opportunity to meet & interact with a group of their amazing dogs. Peace, Love and Therapy Dogs is a volunteer, dog handler organization providing comfort and affection for people in many situations. Bring the family and socialize leave the stress at home and come play!

About Peace, Love and Therapy Dogs

Peace Love and Therapy Dogs is a volunteer, dog handler organization providing comfort and affection for people in recovery programs, people with autism, veterans with PTSD, schools, assisted living facilities, hospice facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, disaster relief situations and various Shelters in the Greater Houston Area.


  • Many studies have shown that the use of a therapy dog with persons with AD has resulted in increased socialization (Batson, McCabe, Baun, & Wilson, 1998; Churchill, Safaoui, McCabe, & Baun, 1999),
  • Improved social behaviors (Kongable, Stolley, & Buckwalter, 1990) and decreased agitation (Churchill et al., 1999).
  • Persons with AD who were residents of a private home had fewer episodes of verbal aggression and anxiety and fewer mood disorders when they had regular contact with a companion animal (Fritz, Farver, Kass, & Hart, 1995).

 

AlzTex Admin

The Alzheimer's Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter (www.alz.org/texas) consists of families, caregivers, scientists, health professionals, and concerned citizens who are committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and to easing the burden of Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders on patients and their families and loved ones.