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Pets are an important part of many peoples’ lives, perhaps even more so for the elderly. With late-life depression affecting about 6 million Americans age 65 and older, the very presence of a pet provides camaraderie to seniors, helping them realize they are not alone. According to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, caring for a cat or dog helps elderly people overcome depression or loneliness.
Whether it is from the loss of a loved one, not having family or friends nearby to interact with, or not being able to get out much, having a pet often gives seniors a sense of purpose. By providing employees who recognize the importance of pets and have received additional training, Interim HealthCare can better meet the needs of each individual.
At Interim Healthcare, we know what to look for when it comes to whether a loved one can remain safe and independent in their own home. This simple and free quiz can help guide you when making that important decision.
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