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Aged care residents give The Wonderdogs a round of a-paws


The residents at Mercy Place East Melbourne have marked World Alzheimer’s Day 2017 with a special performance by The Wonderdogs.

The performing pooches are well-known for their roles in television commercials and films and entertained residents, their families and staff with an impressive array of tricks.

Research has shown that pets in aged care can improve people’s mood while reducing stress, fatigue and confusion. Every Mercy Health aged care home either has a live-in pet or receives regular animal visits.

“Pets of all shapes and sizes provide people living with dementia an opportunity to express their emotions, reminisce about their past and develop new bonds,” Mercy Health’s Chief Executive of Aged & Community Care Kevin Mercer said.

With around half of aged care residents having some form of dementia, we have to agree.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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