DZG backs Dementia Week

A DZG Outreach visit to DMBC’s Halesowen Dementia Gateway prompted special memories of members’ own pets over the years.

zoo_visit_003webOutreach staff took along a bearded dragon, ferret, friendly rats, guinea pig and hissing cockroaches to the National Dementia Awareness Week event.

Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “DZG’s Outreach visits offer a fantastic opportunity to introduce people of all ages and abilities to the wonderful world of wildlife in the comfort of their own familiar surroundings.

“The Halesowen group really enjoyed meeting animals in our small tame collection and the session evoked special memories for several members who told zoo staff stories about their own pets over the years.”

Cllr Dave Branwood, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Animal therapy has been just one of the activities on offer this week at Dudley’s dementia gateways.

“It has proved a great success as people with dementia can interact with animals without any worry or anxiety and it can evoke real pleasure as well as a social response.

“Everyone involved really enjoyed the visit and we are looking forward to seeing the zoo again.”

Customer Services Team Leader, Anna Bradbury, introduces a bearded dragon to Jean Hawkins of Halesowen Gateway group.