Animals bring us joy and delight with each tail wag and nose nuzzle.
They can also be used to help people heal from physical and emotional challenges. There is research showing that individuals with various difficulties, such as Veteran’s with PTSD, seniors with Dementia, those at the end of their life, individuals with development disabilities and even those with literacy challenges, can benefit from the unconditional love of animals. Today’s guest, Dr. David Williams with Pet Partners, discusses the science behind animal assisted therapy and how animals can support rehabilitation, reduce pain, improve mood and overall functioning, and provide comfort.
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Stephanie Erickson is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience as a geriatric social worker. Her primary area of practice focuses on…
Stephanie Erickson is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience as a geriatric social worker. Her primary area of practice focuses on Dementia and decision-making capacity. She works with seniors living autonomously, in care facilities, in acute care at the hospital, and who are living with family. Stephanie also provides training and consultation to families, the Alzheimer’s Society, community groups, financial and legal institutions and at professional conferences. She hosts her own weekly podcast called Caregivers’ Circle. She founded Erickson Resource Group which offers holistic services to seniors and their families. Check out her free guide to initiating conversations with aging relatives.