Pet Therapy: Why Seniors And Pets Are A Good Match
Pets are commonly associated with happiness and love, bringing joy to their owners and to those who are privy to their loveable snuggles. This is particularly true for seniors and it is one of the biggest reasons why we at Trinity Care use animals as therapy pets in our adult day care.
We at Trinity Care Adult Day Care Center in Morrow Georgia, firmly believe that animals can have real health benefits for elderly people – helping them live healthier and happier lives. In fact, here are just some of the many ways wherein animals can benefit the elderly.
- Animals can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Being away from family and friends while in an adult day care center can get lonely and it can even lead to depression. However, animal companions can help lessen these feelings by providing constant companionship and fun. Moreover, having a pet can help give seniors a sense of purpose since pets rely on their owners to provide care, love, and food.
- Lowers risk for heart disease.
Pet owners, specifically dog owners, tend to be more active – after all, dogs need exercise as well. Dog owners have to let their dog out for a walk or a daily stroll – something that is good for the body – both for the senior and the dog. Walking may seem like a simple exercise but it is good cardio workout. Cats require regular maintenance as well. They need litter box changes, playtime, and grooming – all of which increases activity for seniors.
- Caring for a pet can lower blood pressure.
Research shows that there is a correlation between human-dog interactions, like petting and talking to a dog, and lower blood pressure. In fact, the American Heart Association states that having a pet can help protect an individual from heart disease.
These are just some reasons why we at Trinity Care Adult Day Care Center in Morrow Georgia have included pet therapy into our services. To learn more about how we can help you or your family, please give us a call at 770-703-6721.