The sensory and perceptive world of dogs is entirely different than that of humans in the sense that they live in the moment, are incredibly willing to give and seek attention, and don’t carry the burden of difficult neurotic emotions. If you ever doubted that dogs are admirable healers, here is the newest proof.
A study about AAT (animal-assisted therapy) including dogs, of course, helped patients with dementia, especially those with Alzheimer’s battle anxiety, depression, and aggression. Dogs cooperated with trained health practitioners, providing comfort and company to dementia-suffering patients.
Dementia and its sudden or gradual loss of the mental, physical, and emotional capabilities are as devastating to the patient as to the closest people who need to take care of them. Even a nurse that is not a member of the nearest family or friends can get attached to the pain and feel the strain of the emotional labor while taking care of a patient.
Often, a bond develops, and careless relating is impossible. Not careless as negligent, but rather careless as carefree. Dog’s carefree attitude is just what a forgetful person with deteriorating health needs.
The dogs that gave a “therapy session” (not sure if the quote marks are true quote marks) to the dementia study participants helped them increase physical activity, relieve the sundown syndrome, improve short-term memory and communication, enhance eating habits and reduce loneliness.
I often think that if a larger portion of research funding money went to studying dogs, many patients may ditch their pills in favor of hairy companions.
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