Bird-Watching Program Aids Dementia Patients

photo_bird_wide_largeBy Holly Hall

Randy Griffin, a registered nurse, had long been looking for ways to improve the lives of Alzheimer’s patients.

Then one morning two years ago, as she sat outside at home watching two cardinals that had alighted on her husband’s bird feeder, she wondered: What if she could engage patients and the people who care for them in bird watching? Would that give them a lasting mood lift, as researchers have found happens when people with dementia are shown funny movies?

Read more about how bird-watching helps those with dementia!