Wildlife brings back small memories

baby squirrel alzheimers

One of our squirrel Foster Moms, Barbara Curtis, had a wonderful story to relate. She had a woman come to her home who suffered from Alzheimer’s. As we all know, this is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior, and a disease which is also very difficult on the patient’s family.
The woman sat next to her husband during the visit. Barbara needed to feed and toilet her squirrel and went into the next room. Unbeknownst to her, she was followed by the woman. When the woman saw what she was doing, she became very animated and reached out to the animal. The husband had followed the woman and when he saw how she was reacting, was overcome with joy. This was the first time he had seen his wife with such life and joy in her in quite some time. As it turns out, she had been a wildlife rehabber in earlier years. Seeing the squirrel must have just touched that bit of remaining memory.