29 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

These Seniors Are Getting Help From Loving Small Dogs

Therapy dogs like this one are helping bring back joy into the lives of seniors. Photo courtesy KissitoIntl, Flickr Follow Me on Pinterest

Therapy dogs like this one are helping bring back joy into the lives of seniors. Photo courtesy KissitoIntl, Flickr

“We love our humans. Woof!”

Therapy dogs are some of the most amazing animals and give so much to us. Learn how these seniors are getting help from loving small dogs. You will be inspired by the gift that they give with unconditional love and support.

These Seniors Are Getting Help From Loving Small Dogs

Baby Boomers — those born in the late 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s — make up one-third of the U.S. population. Every nine seconds an American Baby Boomer crosses the over-65 threshold.

 

However, despite longer life expectancies than their parents, Boomers face higher rates of chronic diseases: obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

 

Five in every 100 Boomers are housebound and live out their last years without a spouse, family members, friends, or pets. These isolated seniors, according to a study from the University of Chicago, are at an increased risk for dementia and rapid cognitive decline. They also experience chronic depression and higher systolic blood pressures. Read more about Therapy Dogs in Caregiver Canines Bring Joy to Housebound Seniors here.

It’s wonderful to learn how these seniors are getting help from loving small dogs. Many of these people cannot leave their house, and so these animals bring joy into their lives.

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