On , Spirit will be hosting an equine-assisted retreat, called The Equine Experience, for a DC based social club for seniors called Club Memory.
Club Memory is a stigma-free social club for people with early to mid stage Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and their family members and caregivers. Part of Club Memory's mission statement is to offer therapeutic and social activities at no or very low cost, taking into consideration the exorbitant financial and emotional costs of a dementia diagnosis.
The equine-assisted therapy activities offered at this unique retreat are tailored to suport the attendees specific needs and diagnoses. Facilitated by an equine assisted psychotherapy team of professionals and therapy horses, the directives will engage the participants senses and attention, gently drawing them into the present moment. The unique activities support
people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in recalling past experiences and in the implantation of new memories. Many past participants maintain vivid recollections of these therapeutic equine activities even as their disease continues to progress. The activities also decrease stress and support peace of mind and feelings of well-being among those with a diagnosis and their caregivers.
This is the first of this type of retreat at Spirit.