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Elderly couple with Hospital patient with PWAM therapy dog

As people age, they can be swamped in losses. Their former social networks shrink as they leave the workplace, move into smaller homes, lose friends and family members who have moved away or died, and/or experience chronic health issues. One of the ways for residents at Seniors Center to keep active and engaged is by having pet therapy visits. Research shows that older adults who are active and engaged experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental and economic well-being. Human-animal interaction has been scientifically demonstrated to decrease blood pressure and improve heart health. Research has also demonstrated that animal-assisted interventions can reduce aggression and agitation in those with dementia. Pet therapy visits bring a smile and wagging tail to our clients. You can see the joy it brings by residents expressions and gives the residents something to talk about.