Mayhew’s animal therapy programme, TheraPaws, is marking the 6th World Alzheimer’s Month with visits from their gorgeous TheraPaws dogs.
World Alzheimer’s Month is an annual international campaign which takes place in September, to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
TheraPaws recognises the mutual benefits of animals engaging with people, particularly those with dementia, by helping to reduce stress, anxiety, social isolation and unlocking memories and emotions.
This week, to mark the occasion, TheraPaws volunteer Aurélie and her Instagram famous dog, Marcel Le Corgi, visited University Hospital Lewisham to raise awareness of World Alzheimer’s Month and spend time with patients there. When they arrived, all attention was on Marcel who was showered with love and praise.
Ginnie Adamson, Dementia Specialist Nurse at University Hospital Lewisham, said, “Mayhew’s TheraPaws programme is a brilliant initiative and a great way for us to raise awareness of World Alzheimer’s Month.”
“Animals have such a positive impact on many of the patients. As well as being a welcome distraction, dogs have the ability to lower anxiety and stress levels and instantly improve your mood.”
Luke Berman, TheraPaws Project Manager, added, “It was a fantastic day and Aurélie and Marcel really enjoyed meeting and interacting with so many patients and staff members.
“Our TheraPaws programme is a great way to raise awareness of dementia. As well as enhancing people’s lives by helping to reduce social isolation, stress, and unlocking memories and emotions, the initiative also helps animals by raising awareness of the positive effects dogs can have, including promoting respect and compassion towards animals.”
TheraPaws’ 50 teams visit over 40 different venues across 11 boroughs in London, including Kensington and Chelsea, Brent, Haringey and Westminster. TheraPaws volunteers see the benefits and how worthwhile it is to take their dogs along on these visits. It gives patients and residents something to look forward to, encourages them out of their beds and sparks conversation, which can lead to unlocking memories and emotions.
To find out more about TheraPaws, visit their website or call 020 8962 8004.