Mini Pigs Bring Smiles To Patients With Alzheimer's Disease
Two little piggies are brightening the days of those living in an assisted living community. The community is for residents who have Alzheimer’s disease or other types of memory loss. Every week, two pot-bellied pigs ham it up for the residents, causing great amounts of smiles and laughter.
Pumba and Boris, the two pigs, are owned by Erin Brinkley-Burgardt, the director and founder of Hog Haven.
Brinkley-Burgardt's grandfather had Dementia in his later years of life, so when she was asked to bring the pigs into the community she said yes. Brinkley-Burgardt said that some of the residents don't remember the pigs when they come back in, so it is a new experience each week.
However, the residents aren't the only ones having fun.
“Pumba and Boris like attention and they like people in particular," Brinkley-Burgardt said. "The biggest thing is they bring cheer to an atmosphere that can be a pretty dark place.”
Pumba and Boris have also visited other communities, such as the Wind Crest, a nearby retirement community.
"They go up to anyone holding a carrot," Brinkley-Burgardt said. "They really love all the attention they get here."
H/T Huffington Post