Wednesday July 22, 2015
In this edition of Wellness Wednesday’s, we look at pet therapy and the wonderful ways pets can enrich the lives and health of seniors!
What is pet therapy?
Pet therapy, or animal-assisted therapy, is a type of therapy involving animals as a form of treatment. According to Therapeutic Paws of Canada, using pet therapy can improve an individual’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.
What are the benefits of pet therapy?
Research has demonstrated many benefits to pet therapy and/or owning a pet; some of which may include:
How to know if pet therapy is right for you or your loved one
If you or your loved one is considering pet therapy, ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions above, than pet therapy might be a great choice for you or your loved one. The next step is to decide if you/they are willing and able to own and care for a personal pet or if the services offered by a visitation-based program would be more suitable. Regardless of what you/they choose, a pet can be the perfect form of therapy for the physical, emotional, or cognitive challenges you/your loved one may be facing.
Don’t miss our next edition of Wellness Wednesday’s where we look at speech problems among seniors and tips for overcoming communication challenges related to speech impediments.
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