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Pet Therapy for Memory Care Produces Positive Results
Statistically Significant Increase in Social Interactions
For years therapeutic reaction to Pet Therapy, also known as Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), has been very positive for seniors with Memory Care concerns.
Studies have shown that social interactions are improved and agitation decreases for many older persons with demetia or Alzheimer’s disease. In these studies supervision of interactions with patients varied, and subjects engaged in different types of contacts, including petting and holding dogs or cats, as well as observing birds and fish.
Benefits of Pet Therapy
Positive reactions and effects in seniors interacting with animals, and after interactions, varied and included:
- Increase in socializing and verbal interactions
- Increased weight gain
- Decreased agitation and verbal aggression
- Decreased behavioral disturbance
- Decreased loneliness and boredom
- Decreased depressive symptoms
Horses Healing Humans
Residents and staff of The Elms enjoyed a visit from a “therapy horse.” Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care residents were calmly greeted by a miniature horse and Horses Healing Human staff helped residents pet and snuggle with this beautiful and gentle creature.
Safety and Security is Our Top Consideration
As always, our caring and dedicated staff place the safety and security of our residents at the top of the list of considerations as we plan activities, and Pet Therapy sessions are no exception.
Residents and their families rest assured that seniors who may have allergies or other negative reactions would not be exposed to such interactions.
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