Cats and dogs are great for companionship, especially for aging seniors. Animals are playful, affectionate and give their owners unconditional love. Studies have shown that interacting with a pet can actually decrease stress, depression and anxiety. When it comes to senior care, pet therapy has become popular in treating a variety of illnesses including dementia and Alzheimer’s. This involves a pet living at home full-time with an aging senior who is responsible for taking care of the animal. Although this method has the best results, it’s only meant for seniors who are in relatively good health since taking care of a pet is a huge commitment. If ownership is not an option, interacting with pets even for a brief moment can be therapeutic. If you’re considering the use of animals to help an aging loved one, see if pet therapy is the right approach. What is pet therapy? Life as…> Read More
A former stray lovingly referred to as Oreo, has found a new home at St. Augustine Health Ministries, a nonprofit organization in Cleveland, Ohio that provides assisted living, home health care, and nursing among other services. They already have a dog named Coco who lives at the facility, and now he has a friend. According to Dana Carns, Director of Advancement for St. Augustine Health Ministries, “They both give residents something to look for, to care about, to love on.” Several years ago, Oreo, a black and white feline, wandered into the nursing home and found her way into the hearts of staff and residents alike. “Oreo found us,” Carns stated. Now Oreo and Coco have an important role in improving the lives of residents. Valued Members of the Team Although Coco is a valued member of the team, Oreo outshines her furry counterpart in many ways. Oreo often greets…> Read More
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