Research has indicated that the human-animal bond can play an important role in improving the quality of life for the Alzheimer’s sufferer as well as their immediate network of caregivers.
Reduction of aggression and agitation
- Therapeutic recreation AAT intervention can decrease the agitated behaviors and increase the social interactions of persons with dementia
Improvements in Nutrition
- One study of elderly patients with Alzheimer’s Disease after the introduction of an aquarium into the facility documented a higher food intake and weight gain, and a reduced requirement of nutritional supplementation.
Promotion of Social Behavior
- The presence of a companion animal can also benefit caregivers through reducing their physiological stress
- AAA has shown to improve awareness and communication skills of elderly patients with dementia during the activity
Increasing Quality of Life
- Dog-assisted therapy has been shown to improve mood, psychosocial functioning and quality of life in elderly dementia patients living in residential aged care facilities
Reduction of Depression
- Pet therapy is efficient in improving depressive symptoms and cognitive function in residents of long-term care facilities with mental illness
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For more information about Dementia:
Richeson, Nancy E. “Effects of animal-assisted therapy on agitated behaviors and social interactions of older adults with dementia.” American journal of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias 18.6 (2003): 353-358.