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Does Pet Therapy really works for the elderly?

  1. Darknlovely3436 profile image83
    Darknlovely3436posted 7 years ago

    Does Pet Therapy really works for the elderly?

  2. workingmomwm profile image83
    workingmomwmposted 7 years ago

    As we get older, we experience a number of psychological and physical problems. Having a pet can significantly lessen these difficulties. read more

  3. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 7 years ago

    We have a therapy dog, a Leonberger (think huge and hairy) and when he visits the nursing home, the old people just grin and reach out to touch him.  It really makes them happy to have that normalcy in their lives if only for a little while.   The dog has a calming effect on many of them.

  4. nifty@50 profile image73
    nifty@50posted 7 years ago

    Yes, but not just therapy dogs & not just the elderly. Studies have shown that pets in general,  play a vital roll in people's over all health, by lowering blood pressure and decreasing the chances of heart attack & stroke. People with pets live longer than non pet owners.

  5. craftybegonia profile image73
    craftybegoniaposted 7 years ago

    I once watched a documentary that seemed to indicate that it does.

  6. marketingskeptic profile image72
    marketingskepticposted 7 years ago

    Yes, I think it does. Dogs and cats always bring a smile to people's faces, especially people who are confined to hospitals where they're stuck seeing and experiencing the same things every day. Dogs are adorable and they can bring anyone out of their funk smile

  7. Timetothink profile image59
    Timetothinkposted 7 years ago

    Yes. Absolutely.  Even though time speeds up as one gets older, the days are very long when the world is too busy for them to matter.  The love and devotion provided by pets give the elderly a much needed boost in their emotional well-being and every time they open a tin of food and feed their pet, they are contributing to the well-being of another which, in turn, instils a feeling of purposefulness.