International Conference - Animal Assisted Interventions for elderly patients

We would like to invite you for a free international conference on animal-assisted therapy (with cats and dogs) for elderly patients. which will take place in Warsaw on 8th of December, 2018. The conference is as part of the project "Psijaciele - physical and intellectual activation of seniors with Alzheimer's disease".

The goals of the conference:

  • Presentation of research on therapy for the elderly people involving dogs and cats,
  • Presentation of good practices from Europe,
  • Presentation of requirements for cats working in visiting classes,
  • Familiarizing the participants with the basics of working with a visiting cat,
  • European practices regarding the training of shelter dogs for visiting activities,
  • Presentation of the results "Psijaciele - physical and intellectual activation of seniors with dementia diseases" project which was implemented by the  Animals for People Association in two Warsaw care homes for seniors - Alzheimer's Center in Warsaw and the Community Center "Sunny House" in Ursus.

The project is co-financed by funds received from the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy as part of the Government Programe for Social Participation of Senior Citizens for 2014-2020.

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Places limit: 100.

Conference programme 

9:30

Registration

10:15

Opening of the conference, presentation of the programme

10:30

"Psijaciele" -  presentation of the project, summary of activities at the Alzheimer's Center, Magdalena Nawarecka-Piątek (PL)

11:15

Coffe break

11:30 

Dogs for people – the program of training shelter dogs for the needs of work in therapeutic classes, dr Victor Chitic (RO)

13:00

Lunch

13:45

Therapy with animal's support for people with Alzheimer's disease - a program in a geriatric hospital in Bolzano, dr Giulia Morosetti (IT)

15:15

Coffee break

15:30

Cats as support in senior therapy, Alexandra Bulder (PL)

16:30

Discussion panel

17:00

End of the conference

The conference will be translated simultaneously.
There are two coffee breaks and lunch for participants.

Short information about lectures:

1. "Psijaciele" - presentation of the project, summary of activities at the Alzheimer's Center, Magdalena Nawarecka-Piątek (PL)
The "Psijaciele" project was being implemented (under various names) continuously since 2015. Its main purpose is to activate seniors with Alzheimer's disease. Therapists and volunteers with dogs support seniors not only in performing physical activities, but also in improving social relations. Since 2015, over 120 residents of the Alzheimer's Center in Warsaw and 16 residents of the  Community Center “Sunny House” were covered with the support program. The president of the Animals for People Association, Magdalena Nawarecka-Piątek, will talk about the program and it's implementation process.

2. Dogs for people – the program of training shelter dogs for the needs of work in therapeutic classes, dr Victor Chitic (RO)
The program "Dogs for people" has been implemented in Bucharest, Romania in 2004. The shelter dogs are undergoing the rehabilitation thanks to this program . It is not only a chance for a new life for dogs, but also for therapeutic support for people in need. Dr Victor Chitic, co-author of the program, will talk about the process of dog rehabilitation and training, as well as the practical aspects of the program and its scientifically proven effects.

3. Therapy with animal's support for people with Alzheimer's disease - a program in a geriatric hospital in Bolzano, Giulia Morosetti (IT)
The Italian hospital in Bolzano operates a therapeutic program using animals directed to seniors since 2016. The research was conducted to check the effects of the program and its impact on geriatric patients. Dr Giulia Morosetti, co-author of the research, will talk about the program and its results.

4. Cats as support in senior therapy, Alexandra Bulder (PL)
Therapy with the participation of cats is still a rarely used form of support, due to the specific needs of cats and a complicated process of choosing and preparing a cat for work. Aleksandra Bulder - behaviorist and trainer of human-cat teams in the Animals for People Association. will describe the predispositions of a working cat, and how to prepare it for therapeutic work.