Dr. Holly Dabelko-Schoeny’s research involving equine therapy and Alzheimer’s patients has hit the news! Dabelko-Schoeny was recently featured in the Saturday, May 24, edition of the Columbus Dispatch, interviewed on WCMH-TV (Channel 4), and highlighted in the Huffington Post as well as other media outlets.
In the first study of its kind, Dabelko-Schoeny and co-author Dr. Gwendolen Lorch, of the College of Veterinary Medicine, determined that spending time with horses eases symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia.
The collaboration also included the Field of Dreams Equine Education Center and an adult daycare center, National Church Residences Center for Senior Health. The research found that people with Alzheimer’s were able to safely groom, feed and walk horses under supervision—and the experience buoyed their mood and made them less likely to resist care or become upset later in the day.
The small pilot study, which appears in the journal Anthrozoös, suggests that equine therapy—a treatment used today for children and teens who have emotional and developmental disorders—could work for adults, too.
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