Thursday, February 22, 2018

How to Lift Your Loved One's Mood: A Pet Might Help

By Torie Temple

“Depression needs to be treated by a professional,” says Becky Beanblossom, president of Home Instead Senior Care.
“The first step is to talk with your loved one about how they are feeling and if they are open to seeing a therapist or physician. It might be that they feel more comfortable talking with a pastor or some other trusted source. Once the depression is being treated, it is important to keep your loved one engaged and to check in with them to see if there is any improvement.”

Christian McCutcheon, Owner of Brightstar Care, recommends that an older dog or cat can be a great source of companionship and entertainment for your loved one. Also, don’t forget about day programs or volunteer opportunities that can provide social interaction for your loved one.

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