An organization that works to strengthen the bond between older people and older dogs is highlighting the benefits of that relationship.
ElderDog Canada is a national organization that provides numerous services and supports to seniors and their K-9 companions.
Gail Wideman is the Co-“Pawd” Leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of ElderDog.
She says research over the last few decades has shown that elders with animals have increased happiness, less loneliness, and an increased capacity to deal with loss and bereavement.
As well, it improves physical well-being with things such as reduced blood pressure.
She says there are a lot of struggles with later life that cannot be controlled, and maintaining relationships with an animal is an accessible way of maintaining quality of life.