Adoption Event Brings Aging Pets and Elders Together
Eden Alternative registered Hanford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in California is partnering with the local SPCA for an innovative adoption program designed to improve the lives of both elders and aging pets.
The Kings SPCA is partnering with Hanford to hold the first ever “Seniors For Seniors” pet adoption event at the nursing home on Jan. 27.
“The idea to is to bring our senior dogs to be adopted so they don’t finish their lives out in a shelter,” said Joseph Warnock, kennel supervisor for the SPCA. “The rehabilitation center was thought of because seniors [people] love the companionship of a pet. So, we want to bring both types of seniors together – ‘Seniors For Seniors.'”
As and Eden home, Hanford was more than happy to host the adoption event, the Hanford Sentinel reported:
“We are strong advocators for the health benefits pets provide for the elderly,” said Rosalinda Verde, activity director at the center. “We are what’s called an ‘Eden Alternative’ facility, meaning we believe an environment that’s closer to a home setting, rather than a sterile hospital setting, is more beneficial to our residents.”
The Hanford Sentinel compiled this list of healthful benefits pet companionship provides elders:
Benefits of pets for seniors
* Independently living seniors who have pets tend to have better physical health and mental well-being than those that do not. (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May 1999)
* Elderly people with pets are better able to remain emotionally stable during a crisis than those without.(Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May 1999)
* People who own pets can have significantly lower systolic blood pressure and cholesterol levels than those who do not. (American Journal of Cardiology, 1995)
* Pets help to fight depression and loneliness, promoting an interest in life and helping seniors stick to a regular daily routine. (Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship)
* Pets help to lower health care costs. People with pets actually make fewer doctor visits, especially for non-serious medical conditions. (National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Workshop: Health Benefits of Pets)