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4 Heartwarming Examples of the Healing Power of Animals (Videos)

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Animals and humans share a deep connection that is strengthened in times of great emotional and physical distress.

Nowhere is this phenomenon more apparent than when one witnesses the touching interactions that occur between animals and aging adults. Animal therapy programs have gradually taken root in many elder care arenas, including, adult day care centers, nursing homes and hospice care facilities.

Here are 4 examples of such programs, each one highlighting the uniquely beautiful bond that the elderly share with the animal kingdom:

The Beacon Hospice pet therapy program (see video above) helps people who are terminally ill find comfort and connect with fond memories of the past by allowing them to interact with specially-trained therapy dogs.

For these dying seniors, the animals represent a source of safety and care that cannot be replicated by human nurses and caregivers. Shannon Fultz, a pet therapy volunteer at Beacon describes the uncanny, sixth-sense of her dog, Tori, “She’ll pick a person out of the room and go over to them. It’s as if she decides, ‘That’s the person who needs me today.’”

Learn more about how hospice and palliative care can help people die with dignity and peace: Hospice and Palliative Care: Help During the End Stages of Life

Continue reading to discover how dogs may be able to help keep people with dementia out of nursing homes…

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9:45PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Beautiful to witness...thanks for sharing.

8:57PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Animals are truly comforting and certainly have many healing qualities for many people.

9:32AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Life is not a good one without animals

9:11AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

Llamas and miniature horsies!? :) This is the first time I've seen them doing these activities. Great idea! Thanks for sharing these videos with us! :)

8:58PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Fascinating and marvellous.

3:54PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

their love is so precious! thank you for sharing

8:02AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

2:33AM PDT on May 14, 2013

As it has been stated-- dogs are man's best friend-- but it doesn't just stop there. There are many possibilities that will help not only the aged, but children as well. They will bond with an animal and the animals in turn help them in ways that sometimes man can't do.

9:26AM PDT on May 13, 2013

I know that people don't have family they at least deserve an animal they can kiss.

6:53PM PDT on May 7, 2013

thank you for sharing the heart warming story.

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