Doggies for Dementia-Frequently Asked Questions Continued
Greetings our loyal Doggies for Dementia Foundation Blog Readers! I am Carmen Davailus and founder of Doggies for Dementia Foundation. I am a frequent guest on podcasts, and I LOVE talking about Doggies for Dementia! There are some questions I hear often and thought I would devote a blog to this. You might be surprised!
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- 1. When we add dogs to the photos, people seem to forget I’m even taking photos. It becomes a beautiful, low stress, fun time for families, which is not common for families impacted by dementia. Because I am very familiar with dementia, there is no need to worry about their loved one either.
- 2. Certainly dogs do not judge either. I have a friend who has early onset dementia, and he told me that when there’s a dog to play with and love the feeling of needing to be as “perfect” as possible and accommodate others is gone and they just get to be themselves. This is exactly what it feels like, and I believe it’s a wonderful gift for all of us.
- 3. When dogs are added we get the beautiful, candid and heartfelt photos we all love because they look like us, and we feel like our real selves are in the photos. Some say that I captured their essence.
- 4. Dogs are unpredictable and they can make us laugh. Humor, a basic spiritual need is also an equalizer. It doesn’t matter what else is going on, if we can laugh we are unified. We’re in it together and we are all just people laughing and feeling connected. This is something really missed during the pandemic.