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Improving Mental Health and Well-Being for Seniors

City University’s Continuing Education Department is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to individuals in a variety of fields, including elder care. As part of this commitment, the department is actively seeking presenters who are knowledgeable and experienced in working with the elderly population. One potential topic for future webinars is the important work of ElderDog Canada Inc., a non-profit organization that supports the well-being of older dogs and their human companions. By exploring the services and research conducted by ElderDog, we can gain valuable insights into the human-animal bond and its impact on mental health and well-being for seniors.As the population ages, the well-being of older adults is an increasingly important issue. While there are many programs and services available to help seniors maintain their physical health, the mental health of seniors is often overlooked. ElderDog Canada Inc. is a non-profit organization that addresses this gap by providing support and companionship to older dogs, and in turn, improving the mental health and well-being of their elderly human companions.

ElderDog Canada Inc. is a national, community-based organization that helps older adults care for their canine companions. The organization provides care and companionship for older dogs whose lives have been disrupted due to illness or death of their human companion. This support can include fostering dogs until they find a new home or providing palliative care to dogs who are at the end of their lives. ElderDog also conducts and supports research and educates the public about the human-animal bond and the important role of companion animals in the health and well-being of seniors.

There are many benefits to the human-animal bond. Studies have shown that spending time with animals can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve mood. For seniors, the companionship of a dog can be especially important. Dogs provide a sense of purpose, social connection, and physical activity. For seniors who may be isolated or lonely, having a dog can provide a reason to get up in the morning and a source of unconditional love and companionship.

ElderDog is run entirely by volunteers and provides services free of charge. The organization relies on proceeds from their online store and donations to fund their programs and activities. The items sold in the store are carefully chosen to ensure they are high quality, environmentally friendly, and sustainable. By providing support and companionship to older dogs, ElderDog is not only improving the lives of the dogs but also the mental health and well-being of their elderly human companions. If you or someone you know is an older adult with a canine companion, consider reaching out to ElderDog Canada Inc. for support and resources. And, by supporting the organization through their online store or donations, you can help ensure that this important work continues.

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