Saturday, June 13, 2009

Namu: A South Korean Therapy Dog

At Bobath Memorial Hospital in Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea, Sim Jae-cheon, 94, who is suffering from dementia, spends time with pretty little 'Namu,' a Dachshund trained to help treat patients like Sim. Excerpt from JoongAng Daily:

In recent years, many patients suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, schizophrenia, autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have been turning to animal-assisted therapy (AAT). According to the Samsung Canine Center Web site, “Therapy dogs play an important role in stimulating the hearts and souls of those with emotional and psychological conditions to develop better relationships and regain sociability.”
Read lots more about the program at JoongAng Daily.

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