First Step:

Horses may inprove the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients

In the upcoming months Full Circle Resources plans to implement a 4 week program introducing equine assisted growth and learning to small groups of people living with mild cognitive impairment and there caregivers.  We will focus on 3 main areas of need as identified in recent interviews with local caregivers: trust building, patience in communication and social engagement. All activities will be held outdoors at Leaning Dogwood farm and include the horses.  A simple pre and post assement will be ised to measure the affects of the program and to suport program development.

This program is based on the research that is currently underway at UC Davis School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine, known as the Equine Guided Support Pilot study.

Our target population is people living with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers. Participants and caregivers have to be able to walk around without a walker, distances up to 50 yards.

The sessions will target situational awareness, stress reduction, nonverbal communication and social engagement. There will not be any riding involved, but there will be plenty of hands on interaction.