When bringing real pets or stuffed animals around their loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer's, caregivers often notice a positive change; many times their patient will become happier and more talkative, perhaps even telling the animals things they won't even tell their caregivers.
A study conducted by a group of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital showed that similar areas of the brain are activated when women viewed pictures of their children and their own dogs.
“Pets hold a special place in many people’s hearts and lives,” says Lori Palley, DVM, of the MGH Center for Comparative Medicine, co-lead author of the report. “There is compelling evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that interacting with pets can be beneficial to the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of humans.”
Read more: The Role of Pets in Dementia Care
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