Health and Wellness

Caregivers' Circle

Stephanie Erickson

Caregivers Circle – How Animal Assisted Therapy Promotes Healing

Animals bring us joy and delight with each tail wag and nose nuzzle.  They can also be used to help people heal from physical and emotional challenges.  There is research showing that individuals with varied difficulties such as Veteran’s with PTSD, seniors with Dementia, those at the end of their life, individuals with development disabilities and even those with literacy challenges can benefit from the unconditional love of animals.  Today’s guest, Dr. David Williams with Pet Partners discusses the science behind animal assisted therapy and how animals can support rehabilitation, reduce pain, improve mood and overall functioning, and provide comfort.