Sisters Create Pets for Alzheimers Patients
In observing and taking care of their mother, Betty, an
Alzheimers victim, Bettina Dickson Rusher and Frances
Dickson, sisters and Chi Omega Sisters from Gamma
Theta/Eastern Kentucky U, discovered a way to provide
comfort to others with the disease.
An animal lover, Betty was unable to take her beloved cat,
Caldonia, with her when she moved to an assisted living
facility. Attempting to relieve this trauma, the sisters created
a look-alike stuffed cat for their mother. When Betty
began carrying her “pet” everywhere, the staff asked Bettina
to get a big, fluffy, stuffed gray cat for a new resident
who also had to give up a cherished pet.
“But,” Bettina said, “there was no company we could find
that had stuffed animals for the Alzheimers community.”
Hence, to comfort dementia patients, the sisters created
Memorable Pets—sturdy, lightweight, washable stuffed
animals in a variety of colors and breeds.
“As we looked into developing Memorable Pets,” said Bettina,
“we found research that shows while memory, language,
and cognition significantly decline in Alzheimers
patients, the emotional centers of the brain remain strong.
This means the need to give love and care is significant
and can provide comfort. This, and the comfort our
mother experienced with her plush calico cat, was enough
to get us busy with Memorable Pets.”
A portion of Memorable Pets sales go to Alzheimers
research. You’ll find additional
information and a photo of Betty and her
daughters at www.memorablepets.com.
Chi Omega Lost Sisters