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Benefits of Service Dogs for Your Elderly Loved Ones

Outside of an allergy or a phobia, it is rare to find a person who doesn't at least find dogs fun, charming and loyal; if not simply the best friend in the world. What's even better is that dogs are wonderful companion animals and service dogs for senior citizens.

3 Benefits of Service Dogs for Your Elderly Loved Ones

A 2007 report from the National Park Service confirms that people experience a tremendous array of physical and emotional health benefits from their animal companions. If your elderly loved one is suffering from an injury, chronic illness or loneliness, a service dog may make all the difference in the healing process.

In case you are still trying to decide if bringing a service dog into your senior family member's life, explore the following 3 benefits of service dogs for your elderly loved ones:

  1. They Provide Assistance and Guidance for the Visually Impaired. The risk of vision loss significantly increases with age, leaving aging loved ones struggling to perform once routine tasks, such as navigating their own living room. A service dog can help seniors adapt to their fading vision with support and confidence, as the service dog will help their human companion avoid risks.

  2. They Offer Mobility Assistance. Whether your senior loved one uses a wheelchair or has lost some range of movement, a service dog is trained to pitch in to retrieve dropped items, sparing them from risking their safety. Service dogs are also trained to open doors and pull wheelchairs.

  3. They Are the Perfect Therapy Treatment for Nearly Any Emotional Condition. Service dogs can help elderly citizens who suffer from depression, anxiety or stress. Often, it is as simple as spending time petting the service dog. Also, the need to take their service dogs out for walks encourages seniors to interact with friends and community members to help avoid isolation.

Our caring team at the Estates at Arbor Oaks has found many ways to help your elderly loved ones manage their lives with health, security, confidence and happiness. Please contact us today to let us know what we can do for you and your family.

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