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Cats Can be Beneficial for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Fairfield, NJ – The Enjoyment Pets Bring to Seniors with Alzheimer’s is Immeasurable

Alzheimer's Care in Fairfield, NJThere have been numerous research studies that looked into the potential benefits of pet ownership for elderly individuals. These studies determined that owning a pet or even relying on a visiting cat or dog could have numerous benefits for emotional and even physical health.

Petting a cat or dog –the act itself- actually has the ability to help lower blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. Having a pet in the house can also provide companionship for the senior who lives alone. These positive aspects can also benefit the individual who requires any type of Alzheimer’s care.

There are a few things to think about, though, when discussing the prospect of getting a pet or calling on a visiting pet service.

How would the Alzheimer’s patient respond to a pet? Depending on the stage of the disease, the elderly patient may not respond well to a pet. He or she may have difficulty keeping track of the year, recognizing the people around him or her, and other issues. This can be unnerving when a pet is introduced to them.

It’s also crucial to understand whether or not they like pets, had pets in their youth, or if they have ever had a negative experience with a cat or dog in their life. They might have been bitten by a dog when they were younger, but eventually came to be fond of these animals. If they haven’t owned a dog in their life and they happen to have a day when they struggle with memories, this could create an extremely stressful situation, rather than one that is comfortable.

Don’t wait until the disease progresses to talk to the patient about getting a cat.

If you think your father or mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s might actually benefit by having a cat, keep in mind that they might not be able to care for the animal for a long time. You should talk to him or her as soon as possible.

Don’t assume that you can make this type of decision for them. Just because you may be concerned about their health or well-being doesn’t mean they will be comfortable with the pet in their home. Take time to discuss the prospect with them first.

If they agree, be aware that the cat could become a tripping hazard or pose other risks in the future. Don’t adopt or get a cat unless you or someone else in your family would be willing to step up and take in the cat at some time in the future. It wouldn’t be fair to the cat or the Alzheimer’s care patient.

For Alzheimer’s Care in Fairfield, NJ, call 973-287-4718. Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Verona, Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic, Belleville.

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Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.
Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.