Pets make humans feel good. It’s that simple. For the elderly, the results are even more astounding: lower cholesterol levels, less depression, and potential protection against heart disease and stroke.
In particular, pet therapy is a proven, powerful tool for those residents with Sundowners Syndrome – evening periods of increased agitation and confusion in those with Alzheimer’s. A dog’s non-verbal communication and acceptance is soothing for those experiencing difficulties with their own communication skills. Even severely affected residents display better cognitive stimulation, improved appetite, and more social behavior when with pets. It’s yet another way that Shepherd delivers happiness.