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Faculty of Kinesiology graduate colloquium with Amanda Lee and Emily Wright-FR

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Oct 11, 2018

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Amanda Lee and Emily Wright, graduate students in the Faculty of Kinesiology’s MSESS program, will present on the topic, “The Positive Impact of Therapeutic Animals on Those Living with Dementia” on Friday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., in the KIN Building, 208.

Dementia is an umbrella term that encompasses a vast amount of diseases and symptoms affecting memory, cognitive function, activities of daily living, and overall quality of life. Dementia is progressive and more commonly presents in women. The number of those living with dementia is on the rise and dementia, and its sub-categorical diseases, imposes a gross economic impact, which is only expected to grow each year. Worldwide there are currently nearly 50 million cases of dementia. Due to the substantial systemic and individual impacts of dementia, and the fact that there is no cure, treatments that can improve the quality of life of those affected are of great interest. One such treatment that has been under recent investigation is the use of therapy animals. The positive effects of pets have long been known, and although the field is relatively new, the effects therapeutic animals, in particular, are promising as well.

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