The Watermark at 3030 Park Shares Emotional and Physical Benefits of Pet Therapy for Memory Care Patients

Are you an animal lover? Here at The Watermark at 3030 Park Gardens, our Memory Care community, we love providing our residents with the sense of home life. Pet therapy is a great way to have our residents reminisce and share stories of past or present pets. Our lovely Volunteer Kathy Mitchell provides just that with the help of her beautiful pet therapy dog Sadie. Sadie is a Golden Retriever who loves nothing more than being petted and showing her love to the residents in all of Watermarks Communities.

Pet therapy is used to help with depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and even social phobias. Physical benefits of pet therapy consist of lowering blood pressure, as well as reducing one’s heart rate. Playing with animals also stimulates physical activity, such as playing fetch. Animals provide a safety net for people to explore the need for touch sensory. Petting a dog or other animal can create a comfort zone or calming sensation due to the fact that animals are non judgemental, and very loving.

It is a joy to see the smiles on the residents faces when they see Sadie and Kathy coming to visit.

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