Equine-assisted activities (EAA) have been found to help aid seniors and their caregivers in their battle with Dementia, Alzheimer and other ailments.
What does equine-assisted activities do for seniors? Caregivers report seeing improvements in walking and balance, speech function, and the mental and emotional overall well-being. It’s well-known how much horses offer therapeutic benefits. New research is proving how they can help people with dementia. It’s also been shown to help other cognitive dysfunctions, mental illness, depression, anxiety and impaired motor function, all things frequently faced by the elderly.
Unfortunately, in our society, growing old is considered as a bad thing. Because of that, it’s common for elderly people to suffer from depression, anxiety, feeling of isolation, and fears of abandonment. Equine-assisted activities can help you or your loved one overcome all those things and move forward.
It’s easy for seniors to become feeling isolated. Isolation often leads to anxiety, depression, and an overall poor mental and emotional well-being. The bond and companionship of a horse can help them feel that personal connection they may have been missing for a while. They may even rediscover some self-confidence instilled by having control over such a large animal.
Mobility can be an issue for many elderly people and we will make adjustments to session plans fitting to you or your loved one and their physical well-being.
Equine-assisted activities are quickly growing in popularity for those struggling with everything older age brings, physically and mentally. This is your chance for you or your loved one to experience the newest in therapy for helping the last years to be the best ones.
We offer a six week program one-on-one time with the herd and/or individual horses that will cover the activities below.
Week 1: Meet the herd
Week 2: Full grooming
Week 3: Herd observation
Week 4: Simple leading practices
Week 5: Obstacle course
Week 6: Round pen work
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