Pets and elderly individuals may be perfect for each other. Since as early as the 1700s, pets have been used to care for convalescents after World War II by the American Red Cross. Today, pets are still used in physically and mentally therapeutic treatments. There are three significant benefits of pets for the elderly.
Pet therapy for the elderly is generally referred to as animal assisted therapy, or AAT. It allows for seniors to use fine motor skills by caring for the animal. Walking, petting, grooming, feeding, and generally being affectionate towards the animal provides the senior with both a bonding opportunity, and the chance to practice fine motor skills, which begin to get more difficult as we age. In general, dogs and cats are the most popular animal in animal assisted therap Continue Reading