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Those suffering with the disease and their family have the opportunity to
take part in social life. Animals with which they are familiar help stimulate
memories, and meeting animals helps to improve wellbeing. Interaction
between young and older people is one of the initiators’ main goals, too.
A total of 14 students are involved in this project. They were trained by
members of the Forum for Dementia so that they are prepared to meet
people suffering from the disease.
In March 2015, the forum, together with the Pfalzklinikum, organised a
joint event for the first time. During the all-day conference, the care and
support of persons suffering from dementia, primarily in care homes
for the elderly and hospitals, was discussed. The event also included a
lecture (‘The therapeutic table visit – the esteeming short-term
activation as a method of prevention and escalation’) from esteemed
academics Bettina Rudert and Bernd Kiefer. The symposium additionally
gave professional caregivers living in the district of Südliche Weinstraße
and the city of Landau the opportunity to undergo professional training
at the Pfalzklinikum.
Learning to live with dementia is not only an individual challenge but also
a social one. In order to meet people’s fears of the consequences of the
disease, the Forum for Dementia wants to raise awareness and inform.
The forum is committed to bringing together the dedication of a huge
number of regional facilities and initiatives, as well as to consolidating
and extending the existing assistance and support network.
offers. New opportunities for ill citizens in the
district and the city have been added, especially
in the field of hourly-based care and day care.
To date, several training courses on the
subject of ‘How volunteers working with senior
citizens can handle persons with dementia’
have been organised by the forum and the city
of Landau. Participants have dealt with the
clinical pattern of dementia and the special
handling of the people concerned. Knowing
the clinical pattern and the course of the
disease is a prerequisite for tackling its
challenges as well as key to understanding the
patient and their specific behaviours.
The daily life of the caregiver comprises the
organisation of the patient’s living area.
Furthermore, the caregiver enables the patient
to continue to actively participate in life and
helps them to care for themselves. The training
courses are held regularly, mainly in co-
operation with voluntary organisations, such as
neighbourhood assistance groups.
Zoo project and symposium
The Landau Zoo project is probably unique in
Germany. In in-patient facilities, animals have
become a familiar sight by now. The positive
response triggered by animals is effectively used
to heal or at least relieve symptoms of dementia.
Due to favourable feedback in 2014, members
of the Forum for Dementia, the district of
Südliche Weinstraße, the city of Landau and the
Landau Zoo School are again organising exciting
events at Zoo Landau in der Pfalz for people with
dementia and their relatives.
Paul Bomke
Pfalzklinikum
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At Landau Zoo, the
positive response
triggered by animals is
used to help stem the
symptoms of dementia
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