Researchers have long suggested that pets are good for us, offering health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and heart rate, reducing the stress hormone cortisol, and boosting levels of the feel-good hormone, serotonin. Pet therapy creates a homelike environment for patients residing in nursing homes or assisted living facilities with Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia.
The Furry Palz Program was created to provide a non-pharmacological method of treatment to patients as a restorative program.
- Improved Mood
- Calming Effect
- Decreased Behavioral Problems
- Increased Social Interaction
- Increased Physical Activity