Chocolate, Cats, and Alzheimer’s Care

The 1/1/11 New York Times featured an Arizona nursing home that lets some Alzheimer’s patients eat chocolate whenever they like. This is part of a new, more individual and sensitive take on institutional care of Alzheimer’s patients.

The article reminds me of the wonderful facility in Chesterfield, MO that allowed my mother’s Siamese cat, YumYum, to live with her for 5 years until just 2 weeks before my mom died. YumYum gave my mother endless joy all those years. Hats off to inspired nursing care!

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