Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and
in different ways, but other things like someone's personal circumstances, the people around them and the environment in which they live, will affect their experience of dementia. Dementia progresses in a way that is unique to each individual.
The word 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Berry Field's experiences are all about making people's lives better – even in the most difficult or challenging circumstances. That's why we allow one to one sessions at our private yard enabling visitors to touch, groom, lead and interact with our equines. This may very well be the brightest thing in someone's life.
Equine and animal facilitated learning recognises that animals bring people together, helping people to see things with a different perspective and to cope in the most adverse situations.
Here at Berry Fields we are 'Dementia Friend' trained to help make sure our animal therapy sessions are pitched correctly and truly inclusive. The ‘Dementia Friends’ training has given Berry Fields a better understanding of what it is like to live with dementia and taught us small things that they can do to help people living with the condition.