Today, February 3rd, is National Golden Retriever Day!
Pet therapy is a wonderful thing for aging populations, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Pets are calming, soothing and fun. They provide companionship, ease feelings of loneliness and aggression, and promote overall well being. They help individuals feel useful and that they have a purpose – to care for their pet! Pet therapy can even improve nutrition – a 2002 study showed that when those with dementia or Alzheimer’s were exposed to pet therapy (fish, dogs, cats, and toy companions) their nutrition improved and they gained weight. Private Home Care encourages low maintenance toy companions – you get all of the benefits of a pet without any of the mess!