As we know, just being around an animal can have a soothing, amazing effect.
Here are 10 ways animals help people with dementia:
1. Reduce anxiety
2. Reduce stress
3. Encourage communication
4. Improve mood
5. Lower blood pressure
6. Improve eating
7. Reduce aggression
8. Lower blood triglyceride levels
9. Increase activity levels
10. Provide an opportunity to play and be creative
The benefits of animals toward people who have dementia are so numerous and strong that everyone should consider taking their companion animal on their friendly visits, as long as it's safe for the animal and if the visitor likes animals.