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Pet therapy can be a boon to quality of life for older adults

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Looking for a way to boost the physical and emotional well-being of the senior citizen in your life? Consider pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy.

The technique allows older adults in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to experience animal companionship without the responsibilities of pet ownership.

What are some of those benefits?

Trained therapy animals can help bring some withdrawn seniors out of their shells, making them happier and more communicative. Research also shows that interaction with animals, particularly dogs, increases oxytocin levels in humans to reduce stress and anxiety, according to the AARP. Additionally, walking a dog can help provide much-needed physical exercise for more active seniors, which can lead to improved mobility. For individuals with dementia, being around an animal can have a calming effect.

This is why some facilities across the country are utilizing pet therapy programs for seniors of any age range or health condition.

Therapy-trained animals must go through a basic obedience course, be well socialized, and understand how to interact with seniors who have limited mobility.

Looking for a facility that offers pet therapy? Elderwerks Educational Services can help. The organization provides complimentary information, referrals and guidance for senior living, home care, support services and benefits.

Finding assisted living, senior housing or any type of senior care can be overwhelming and a time-consuming task. Elderwerks simplifies the process of navigating senior housing options and can give you proper support in a very short period of time. Call today for a complimentary consultation: 855-462-0100.

Elderwerks Educational Services : 251 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067: 855.462.0100 : https://www.elderwerks.org/

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