Posts tagged ‘pets’

Pet Loss Support … especially for older adults

When we think of pet loss, we typically think about losing our companion animals due to their death — either through some accident, illness or disease.  Indeed, such a loss as experienced by an elderly person or senior can be painful and difficult to deal with, particularly if the pet served as the senior’s primary companion and contact …

If we overlook or fail to acknowledge the unique grieving that accompanies these types of losses, then we fail at being sensitive to our senior’s needs and challenges. continue reading>>

Source: Pet Loss and the Elderly

SPCA offers free pet food for seniors

Volunteers help deliver food to elderly pet owners

The Georgetown Shelter of the Delaware SPCA is teaming up with CHEER Inc. and Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth to assist Sussex County seniors in caring for their pets.

Thanks to the generosity of the Delaware SPCA’s supporters, the Georgetown Shelter has collected enough food to reach out to local seniors and provide the pet food necessary for them to keep their beloved pets.

Seniors who are having trouble caring for their animals will be able to stop by the shelter in Georgetown to pick up food, and Meals On Wheels will deliver pet food supplies to home-bound seniors. continue reading>>

Source: Cape Gazette

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: Pets lend a paw to enrich owners’ lives

Your best friend, biggest supporter and most attentive listener could be the one who also snuggles next to you during a nap, jumps up and down at the thought of an afternoon walk and offers a big sloppy kiss when you walk through the door at the end of a long day…

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing proved that elderly pet owners are significantly healthier than their counterparts who did not own pets. This study is part of a growing body of evidence suggesting that, overall, pet owners over the age of 60 have lower blood pressure and stress levels, get more exercise and generally are healthier than older people without pets. continue reading>>

Source: Laurel Leader-Call

Therapy Pets for the Elderly Go Electronic

Electronic birdAs Taiwan is becoming an aging society, business opportunities associated with caring for the elderly are on the rise. While Health foods, medical devices, and various daily necessities constitute a portion of the potential market, some are looking at the emotional needs of seniors.

As a result, manufacturers are catering to such needs in European, American and Japanese markets in creating electronic pets such as electronic dogs, electronic chickens and electronic rabbits, with the top seller being electronic birds in Taiwan. These devices are claimed to be every bit as enjoyable for the elderly as real pets. continue reading>>

Source: Taiwan Headlines
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Caring for your ageing pet

Old age seems to sneak up on pets just as it does in people. Long before you expect it, Fido and Snowball are no longer able to bolt out the door or leap onto the bed. But with routine visits to the vet, regular exercise and good weight control, you can help your beloved pet ward off the onset of age-related disease, one veterinary expert suggests.

“Ageing pets are a lot like ageing people with respect to diseases,” Susan Nelson, a Kansas State University assistant professor of clinical services, said in a university news release.  continue reading>>

Source: HealthDay

Philly Pets and Seniors

Philly Pets and SeniorsAs a result of our amazing event last February called Golden Years and Furry Ears: Linking Older Adults with Pets – there has been a lot of activity in Philly related to this topic.  Just this September, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) launched a new website dedicated to this very issue!  Please check out the website below (and “like” it on Facebook) – and pass it on!

How To Handle Aging Parents’ Pets

Source: Michael Heissner/Getty Images

You can’t buy unconditional love at a pharmacy, so don’t expect Mom or Dad to give up Fifi or Fido.

One day he was jogging, and the next, my husband woke up with pneumonia. It was a scary six weeks of bed rest for him. My dog, Tigra, who had been coming to work with me for years, just looked at me the morning my husband got sick. She wouldn’t come with me. Instead, she stayed by his bedside night and day until he was better.

Dogs–how do they know these things?

When it comes to animals and our aging parents, we know the bond between animal and human that has probably existed from the beginning of humankind isn’t going away. Seniors depend on their pets for company and love in ways we may not always understand. continue reading>>

Source: Carolyn L. Rosenblatt,(Forbes, August 5, 2010)

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