November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
and as you gather with family and friends over this holiday season, we wanted to tell you about a resource to share.
A loved one and their care partner (spouse, adult child, sibling, friend) may be living with the challenges of memory loss impacting their quality of life. If so, did you know that Xenophon, in partnership with Connected Horse, facilitates therapeutic equine-guided workshops focusing on memory loss and the underlying relationship challenges?
These workshops are based on a three year research study conducted at Stanford University and UC Davis, and are designed to reduce stress, improve sleep patterns, and enhance communication, all through interactions with our therapy horses.
The four week workshops benefit both the person living with dementia and their primary care partner, while providing a new shared experience, a new opportunity for social connection.
“I really can’t explain it, but [my relationship with my wife] has changed, I don’t know if she’s less anxious because I’m less stressed or if I have less stress because she’s less anxious. All I know is that since we worked with the horses, our relationship is much better.”— CH Participant
- Horse experience is not a requirement
- Participants engage with our trained horses from the ground, no riding
- Participants must be ambulatory
- FREE to participate; however donations are gratefully accepted!
“Working with horses has helped bring me an emotional awareness, which helps deal with stress and feelings of sadness. I better understand nonverbal communication and find gratitude in my life. It’s also a shared experience that my mother and I can both fall back on when times are hard.”— CH Participant