Scientific research shows that people with pets can live healthier, happier lives. This is a sampling of recent research on the human-animal health connection.
Basic Health Benefits
Pet owners feel less afraid of being a victim of crime when walking with a dog or sharing a residence with a dog. (Serpel, 1990)
Pet owners have fewer minor health problems (Friedmann, 1990, Serpel, 1990).
Pet owners have better psychological well-being (Serpel, 1990).
Pets decrease feeling of loneliness and isolation (Kidd, 1994).
Pets are a major source of support and increase the perception of the ability to cope. (Siegel, 1999, Carmack, 1991).
Pet owners have better physical health due to exercise with their pets. (Serpel, 1990).
People with borderline hypertension had lower blood pressure on days they took their dogs to work. (Allen, K. 2001).
Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than non-owners (Anderson, 1992).
Having a pet may decrease heart attack mortality by 3%. This translates into 30,000 lives saved annually (Friedman, 1980).
Animal Assisted Activity can effectively reduce the loneliness of residents in long-term care facilities. (Banks, 2002).
Medication costs dropped from an average of $3.80 per patient per day to just $1.18 per patient per day in new nursing home facilities in New York, Missouri and Texas that have animals and plants as an integral part of the environment. (Montague, 1995).
Pets in nursing homes increase social and verbal interactions adjunct to other therapy. (Fick, 1992).
Seniors who own pets cope better with stress life events without entering the healthcare system. (Raina, 1998). "Delta Society/Pet Partners® Website Research"
We at AseraCare Hospice, 44 Bowman Road, York, PA 17404are very proud of the successes we see with our Pet Partner program
Our patients and their families tell us how uplifted they feel with animal companionship.
We’d like you to read some of their comments.
"My tears turned into comfort and joy. I felt a sense of peacefulness come over me and I knew at that time that everything was going to be OK."
"The gentle kindness from the animals makes you feel better."
"I wish I had known about this program years ago because I had to take care of my ailing mother who was very lonely.
If she had had an animal or the pet therapy visits, it could have given her the companionship she needed to fill that void."
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