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The Benefits of Therapy Animals for Seniors

By Tom Carroll

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Home Helpers of Media recently sponsored a presentation at a local retirement community on the benefits of therapy animals for seniors. Attendees of the presentation learned the many benefits that therapy animals can provide seniors. Barbara Hewitt, RN, and Regional Manager for Home Helpers of Media stated, "More and more often animals are being utilized for therapeutic purposes at senior facilities. Therapy animals are used to promote health and healing for seniors of any age range or health condition, whether they are depressed, chronically ill or have ongoing disabilities". In addition to learning the many benefits therapy animals provide, attendees also had the opportunity to meet and pet "Chad" a trained therapy dog.