Pet Ownership and Older Adults – Health and Social Benefits

Due to the increasing evidence of health and social benefits, medical professionals and caregivers of older adults have begun to pay attention to the importance of the bond between people and their pets. The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets with a reduced risk for heart disease and living longer. Pet owners tended to report greater amounts of physical activity, lower blood pressure and modestly lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Some research

Living Life to Its Fullest

Joliet Area Community Hospice Considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing end of life, hospice provides expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to each patient’s individual needs and wishes. Hospice can improve a person’s quality of life when curative treatments and technology are no longer effective or desired. Like various sectors of the medical community, Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) includes complementary therapies in patient care

VITAS’ Best Friend: Paw Pals® Know Just How to Visit a Hospice Patient

Pets often bring out an added level of joy in certain people with an emotional and physical benefit that is invaluable. Seniors who are pet owners enjoy less isolation and loneliness, are typically more active, weigh less and visit doctors less frequently than non-owners. Pet ownership has also been linked to lower blood pressure, higher levels of relaxation hormones and stronger immune systems. Everybody Benefits The positive effects of bonding benefit the animals, too, through

“Pawsitive” Benefits of Pet Visits in the Elder Community.

They are renowned as faithful companions, loyal service guides, brave rescuers and stealthy navigators.  Now it seems our hairy four legged friends are adding another skill to their resumes-“Well-being Ambassadors”.  Long perceived as beneficial by caretakers in the health care field, pet visits are now seriously considered a valid component in the holistic treatment of older individuals suffering from depression, memory loss, physical hardships or cognitive impairment. There continues to be increasing accounts and scientific

Pet Ownership and Older Adults – Health and Social Benefits

Due to the increasing evidence of health and social benefits, medical professionals and caregivers of older adults have begun to pay attention to the importance of the bond between people and their pets. The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets with a reduced risk for heart disease and living longer. Pet owners tended to report greater amounts of physical activity, lower blood pressure and modestly lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Some research

Helping People And Pets: Safe Place For Pets Animal Rescue

There are many wonderful rescues in our community, but Safe Place for Pets has a unique mission: to re-home pets of terminally ill owners. The all-volunteer rescue, founded more than 15 years ago, has helped hundreds of local pets find homes, and helped their terminally ill owners find much-needed peace of mind. “So many people hold on until they know their pet will be well taken care of by a loving new family,” said Cathy