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  • Pet Therapy and the Huge Benefits for Seniors


    There’s a reason the saying ‘Man’s best friend’ never goes out of style. Dogs the world over have taken up the calling to be caregivers in their own right. Many agencies, hospitals, and physicians have a resident canine to help make patients happy and calm. If they say laughter is the best medicine, four paws and a wet nose comes in a close second. Lets take a look at some of the benefits of participating in pet therapy programs:

    Physical, Emotional and Psychological Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors

    • Seniors with heart conditions who own pets tend to outlive those who don’t.
    • Walking a dog provides much-needed physical exercise, which leads to improved mobility and a healthier lifestyle overall.
    • The ability to have something to pet or touch can result in lower blood pressure, normal heart rate and reduced stress.
    • Pets provide emotional stability during stressful situations, helping to reduce anxiety and depression.
    • Caring for a pet helps increase a senior’s self-confidence and self-esteem, providing them a way to feel useful and responsible for something.
    • For dementia patients, animals can be soothing to those who have difficulty using language.
    • Feeding and grooming can help increase seniors’ physical skills and help them become more active.
    • Animals can help improve socialization- they listen without judgment and give unbiased affection, especially when a senior may desire to share the thoughts they may not be comfortable telling family or friends.

    Of course people with allergies should always use caution and consult their physician to see if the benefits of puppy love are an option for them. 

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