Animal Therapy with Elderly Patients

This paper reviews the current literature regarding the use of animal-assisted therapy to help elderly people deal with depression.

This paper analyzes various studies that deal with the success or failure of animal therapy with the elderly. The treatment discussed is, specifically, the use of domestic and farm animals in helping elderly people deal with depression that is a consequence of their lack of independence.
“For many elderly citizens, the problems of aging can be compounded by depression — an illness that affects the body as well as the mind. A major depression affects people’s ability to work, study, sleep, eat and enjoy activities that they once found pleasurable. Symptoms include persistent feelings of sadness and anxiety, which can compound other physical illnesses as well.”