Did you know therapy animals are good for seniors? Yep! Being around animals makes people feel healthier and happier. Studies show that seniors who are active and always around others, or who own a pet decline in health far less rapidly than isolated or depressed seniors.
Pet therapy for seniors, also known as Animal Assisted Therapy, is a technique that uses animals to interact with seniors for numerous reasons to help improve their quality of life. They offer so many amazing health benefits for seniors, such as:
- 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.
- 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.
- Improved socialization- animals 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.
- Seniors with heart conditions who own pets tend to outlive those who don’t.
Having an animal in a senior’s life can help improve their well-being and give new meaning to their life. Due to the numerous health benefits pet therapy animals provide, Paradigm Living Concepts has added Mitzi Mae a very special therapy dog to the team! Look for her little paw prints on hearts at assisted living and hospice care locations across Central Indiana.