Chickens for Personal Therapy

Tru here.

 

As i said in the introduction to “Animals and Dementia Symptoms” (see link at base of entry), I think being around an affectionate animal is therapeutic for any disabled person.  I suspect this is seldom more true than for someone whose brain is damaged.

Many animals can be helpful for these aspects of life, Not just dogs.  Dogs are now the only animals legally accepted as a “Service Animal”, but that involves trained tasks to mitigate a person’s dys-Abilities.  Even care of animals can be THERAPEUTIC, in that it gives purpose for getting out of bed and keeping some organization for the day.

Spending time with animals that can return affection has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate, reduce anxiety, and increase endorphins and oxytocin.  ((These are feel-good chemicals produced inside each of us.))  See Link for 12-month study by Northumbria University at bottom of this blog entry.

i think chickens can be a very good “therapy” animal for person living with dementia symptoms, …

… as long as there is reliable back-up
for awareness of whether they have been fed, watered, released for the day,
and safely in secure enclosure for night.
Also CRUCIAL to remember to wash hands after handling chickens,
and despite reminder note on back door, i often forget that step
… so husband reminds me.

In photo above,
8-year-old Snuggle is on my Lap (mixed-breed of AustraLorp and Jersey Giant,
she has not laid an egg in 2yrs, but is rather possessive at lap-time).
Sally is getting a treat from my hand,
and the rooster Soxx (short for “Long-Stockings”) just moved back so that Sally could have his spot.
He is one-year-old, can be a thoughtful gentleman and at times is nothing short of gallant,
but also seems to have a very longgG memory for folks (or the dog) scaring his girls
– whether purposeful or accidental.
Soxx is looking over my shoulder.
Both Sally and Soxx are Jersey Giants from breeder, and where one is, the other is probably nearby.
The two “blue” Jersey Giants, Molly and Blush are at edges of photo.
Then Adele has her head down,
behind two of the four most recently-adopted mixed-breeds in center of photo
(called “Jersey Giant” and probably from hatchery,
but definitely mixed-breed from both smaller size and color of feet).
i cannot tell these 4 girls apart, so only one is named — from her behavior .
She is called “Grumpy”, LOL !
2 hens are probably under the pine tree branches and not in photo, making all 10 of our flock
(on 1/2 acre with 8-feet tall, 10×10 chicken house that has concrete stemwall, — with its own “tree” inside).

 

“Every back yard in the United States
should contribute its share to a bumper crop of poultry and eggs
in 1918″.  — … a Patriotic Duty …

No longer 1918, but …
During these days when grocery-store visits are complicated with virus issues,
eggs are an important added benefit,
and raising chickens addresses some of my own concerns
for future availability and increasing cost for some of our kitchen staples.

Altho we had a milk cow, we didnt have chickens when i was growing up,
but my mother had chickens as a child (and her pet rooster was in the school play, LOL).
My grand-mothers, great-grand-mothers etc thru the generations also had chickens.
With my interest in history and genealogy,
this creates a wonderful continuity in the circle of life … for ME.

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** Reminder that chickens, like most animals, must be socialized to humans in order to be human-compatible.
Our chickens are hand-fed treats every day, and enjoy lap-time at least once-weekly, when weather permits.
Roosters require constant awareness and extra conditioning-time on VERY frequent basis.  Even tho i work at it, the chickens we raised from one-day-old are still MUCH more friendly than those which we received at several months old (Adele and the “blues” Molly and Blush).  The four most recently adopted were daily hand-fed before we received them.  Even friendly Roosters can become very protective and territorial, even dangerous with sharp bone spur at the ankles.  In the past we have needed to re-home two previous roosters due to aggressive behaviors.

Video LINKS:  My 2014 vid with Onyx, Snuggle, and the other mixed-breed flock
at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZN2dTrKpGg ;

https://youtu.be/HWf96D6xbck ;

Text LINKS:
https://truthfulkindness.com/2015/03/03/animals-dementia-symptoms-1/ ;
https://crhcf.org/insights/dementia-patients-become-hen-caretakers/ ;
https://www.nextavenue.org/calming-effect-therapy-chickens/ ;
… and a 12-month study by Northumbria University is available at Link on this page https://equalarts.org.uk/var/www/vhosts/equalarts.org.uk/httpdocs/our-work/henpower .
Service Dog Links at https://truthfulkindness.com/about/life-other/animals/service-dog-links/ .

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Calendars will eventually be removed to prevent over-Loading the upLoad limit for website “Media Library”, because they actually take quite a bit of mb.

pdf of May calendar is available at Schdl202005May 20200421  .
Left room for writing times in YOUR time zone, after you print calendar.

i attend a good portion of the DM chats, but limited numbers of the other chats.
Disclaimer that i misunderstand things and make mistakes too, so there might be mistakes in Calendar.

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along with daily Dementia Mentors’ video chats,
( https://www.dementiamentors.org/ )
i may (or may NOT) join some of the following during this week:

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28 Apr, Tuesday, is next Dementia Chats with Lori LaBey.
This monthly recorded TEACHING series involving persons with dementia as experts in Lived Experience. Let me know if YOU would like to participate
>> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyFH7iN6JFUE9oJFbRre0VAFbPWQFQcT6 .  ((4th Tuesday of each month, 7:30am until 9am Pacific Time, 8:30 until 10am Mtn, 9:30am until 11am Central, 10:30am until 12 noon Eastern, 3:30pm until 5pm UK time , and 4:30pm until 6pm South Africa)).

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28 April, Tuesday; DAA Drop-in with Dr Susan is on Tuesdays:  While COVID-19 is impacting everyday life, please join us at the Dementia Action Alliance for an online discussion with Susan Wehry, MD Tuesdays  at https://zoom.us/j/4567882023  (( 1pm Pacific Time, 2pm Mtn, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern, 9pm UK, and 10pm South Africa )).

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29 Apr, Wednesday: DAI Meeting of the Minds “Using Montessori-Inspired Principles to Radically improve engagement for Residents and Staff” with Dr Cameron Camp and Gary Johnson.  ((1.5hrs beginning 2pm Pacific Time, 3pm Mtn, 4pm Central, 5pm Eastern time, 10pm London and 11pm South Africa.))  More info at https://www.dementiaallianceinternational.org/events/dai-webinars/ .

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29 Apr, Wed: Dementia Mentors’ members will be offered new Wednesday-night guided meditation series.  (( 6pm Pacific Time, 7pm Mtn, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern, 2am UK )). Members only.  https://www.dementiamentors.org/ .

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30 Apr, Thursday: DAA Discussion topic ““Social Security Disability””, hosted by JR (John-Richard) Pagan, with expert John Tucker. Zoom video chat begins 7am Hawaii, 10am Pacific Time, 11am Mtn, Noon Central, 1pm Eastern time. 6pm London, 8pm South Africa. Link to join is in left column at this page
>> https://daanow.org/…/connect-and-enga…/dementia-discussions/ .

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01 May, Friday: DAA Faith Hope and Love; chatting with Rev. Cynthia Huling Hummel; the Dementia Action Alliance invites you to join us online for an open discussion about using spirituality through challenging times.  Fridays at https://zoom.us/j/4567882023  (( 10am Pacific Time, 11am Mtn, 12 noon Central, 1pm Eastern, 6pm UK, and 7pm South Africa )).

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Mark Your Calendars for future events:

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06 May, Wednesday, Teepa Snow has “Lets Talk” video chat with Persons Living with Dementia  >> https://teepasnow.com/services/online-learning/live-public-webinars/webinars-for-plwd/ .  (( 10am Pacific Time, 11am Mtn, 12 noon Central, 1pm Eastern, 6pm UK, and 7pm South Africa )).

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07 May, Thursday: DAA Discussion topic ““Traveling while staying home””, hosted by Diana Blackwelder. Zoom video chat begins 7am Hawaii, 10am Pacific Time, 11am Mtn, Noon Central, 1pm Eastern time. 6pm London, 8pm South Africa. Link to join is in left column at this page
>> https://daanow.org/…/connect-and-enga…/dementia-discussions/ .

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10 May, Sunday: MOTHER’S Day !!!

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14 May, Thursday: DAA Discussion topic ““Importance of Confirming a Diagnosis””, hosted by Laurie Scherrer with expert Matt Sharp from AFTD. Zoom video chat begins 7am Hawaii, 10am Pacific Time, 11am Mtn, Noon Central, 1pm Eastern time. 6pm London, 8pm South Africa. Link to join is in left column at this page
>> https://daanow.org/…/connect-and-enga…/dementia-discussions/ .

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