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Pets Can Be Therapeutic For the Aging Population

Numerous studies have shown that pets can increase the quality of life for our aging population. The unconditional love of a dog or the soft purring of a snuggly cat can be helpful for many people, even in later stages of dementia. Many nursing homes, notably those based on The Eden Alternative, have found animals including dogs, cats and birds, along with plants and other natural surroundings, to be soothing and beneficial to people in nursing homes. My personal experience with several of my elders showed me that pets can make a difference.

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Very true. Animals can be very therapeutic for the elderly. You may be interested in Abby Spilka's blog "Take Time to Paws and Reflect" (http://blogs.vnsny.org/2010/04/01/take-a-moment-to-paws-and-reflect/) for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

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