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The Benefits of Pet Therapy
Written By : Diane Carbo 
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Aging with grace can be accomplished with the benefits of pet therapy! The benefits are even better than taking medication. Survey conducted of aging individuals that are pet owners reveals that that they feel that their health has benefitted from having a pet in their life. Science can now verify that this information is correct.

A study done by the Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition along with Food and Drug Administration revealed that individuals that have pets experience less stress when faced with a trauma or an adverse situation than non pet owners.

A survey conducted of senior citizens, conducted by The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, also confirms that seniors feel having a in their life adds balance in their life. Eighty eight percent of the senior citizens polled felt that pets improved their home life either physically or emotionally.

Having a pet in your life has health benefits that are better than medications. The results of a study preformed on stock brokers with high blood pressure were nothing short of astounding. Although the blood pressure medications the stock brokers were taking was able to control their blood pressure. The day to day stress of the job caused intermittent spikes in their blood pressure and pulses throughout the day. The stock brokers that adopted a pet (a cat or a dog) experienced lower blood pressure and heart rates than their counterparts that did not have or adopt a pet. Needless to say, when the results from the study were released, there were a lot more stock brokers that became pet owners!

Aging with Grace: The Benefits of Pet Therapy Better than Medication

Having a pet in your life enhances your immunity and feelings of well being. Pets are there for you when you need them. They love you unconditionally. They keep your secrets and comfort you when you are feeling down. The companionship and comfort a pet gives far outweighs any medicine you can take for depression or anxiety.

Pets help the aging senior to focus on something positive instead of the negative physical and emotional preoccupation that can come with aging.

An aging senior interacting with a pet can trigger memories and allow those experiencing memory loss to connect to experiences from their past. There is no medication that can do that for any aging senior.

Playing and spending time with our pets causes an increase in certain chemicals in our body that promote a sense of calmness and well being. These chemicals are also responsible for decreasing plague build up in the arteries. That means just by spending quality time with your faithful animal companion, you are benefiting your heart, your blood pressure and your emotional well being. What pill does that for you?

A study done on individuals that suffered a heart attack found that those individuals that had pets had a longer survival rate than those that did not have any pet at home. Animals live day to day, moment by moment. They do not worry about the past or the future. Animals live in the here and now. Some feel that this sense of living life in the moment becomes a part of a pet owner, as a result of having a pet.

A study done on individuals that suffered a heart attack found that those individuals that had pets had a longer survival rate than those that did not have any pet at home. Animals live day to day, moment by moment. They do not worry about the past or the future. Animals live in the here and now. Some feel that this sense of living life in the moment becomes a part of a pet owner, as a result of having a pet.

Individuals that have a faithful and loving animal companion at home have been found to make less frequent visits to their health care professional for less serious health issues. Studies show that aging seniors with pets save money on their health care bills because they make fewer trips to the doctor or other health care providers.

Aging pet owners experience less loneliness and social isolation. A pet often becomes an indispensable part of the family. Although there is a responsibility that comes from caring for a pet, many find that the benefits of having a pet far outweighs the responsibility of caring for the pet in their life

Pet provide us with a very special bond that not only enriches our lives but enhances our physical and emotional well being. The benefits of pet therapy as we are aging with grace is experiencing and realizing the faithful pets in our lives give us something that no medication can give us: and the side effects we enjoy are better health!

Diane Carbo Registered Nurse has more than thirty five years in the nursing field. Her experience as a geriatric care manager, makes her uniquely qualified to help those who want to live out their lives in their own homes. That decision may be made when you are 20, 30, 40 or in fact at any age, with sooner rather than later being ideal. Diane has developed a web site to make people aware of issues and options. You will find extensive helpful information that will be continually updated. Please visit Diane's web site for more on Pet Therapy Sign up for "The Caring Advocate" her free newsletter and tale advantage of her offer of a complimentary e-course on "Becoming Your Own Health Care Advocate".

 
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