10 Benefits of Having a Service or Therapy Dog If You Have Alzheimer’s

Service dogs are typically thought of as necessary companions for the visually impaired, but service and therapy dogs can be a practical solution for people with a variety of chronic illnesses, including Alzheimer's disease. As well as being a trusted friend, service dogs can expand owners' motor abilities, granting them new independence and allowing them to get more out of life. Here are just a few benefits of having a service dog, according to healthfitnessrevolution.com, mira.ca, the Lung Institute, and rover.com. Wheelchair Assistance Service dogs can be trained to pull wheelchairs and to help wheelchairs up ramps and onto sidewalks. They can also help their owner move in and out of the wheelchair. Anxiety Relief Having a chronic illness can bring about many emotional and mental health problems. The calming nature of service and therapy dogs can help ease anxiety and petting dogs is known to release endorphins and reduce stress. Retrieve Items Service dogs can help Alzheimer's disease patients by picking up dropped items and fetching items from other rooms, a vital service for someone who may find getting around and bending difficult and painful. MORE: What is dementia with Lewy bodies? Lowers Blood Pressure and Heart Rate There is evidence that stroking a dog and sitting next to a dog lowers blood pressure and heart rate. The soothing effects of their body heat may also help with pain relief. Improved Balance Walking with a service dog can help people with Alzheimer's disease who have trouble with their balance. The dogs can also help prop their owners in place to prevent falls. Good Distraction Looking after a service dog gives people something to focus on other than their illness. It can help Alzheimer's patients develop po
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