Man’s Best Friend: The Effects of Pet Therapy on Dementia

It has been predicted that by 2060, 98 million American adults, or one fourth of the population, will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (Center for Disease Control, 2018). Often, the first line of treatment for patients is prescription medication which unfortunately eliminates many viable, non-pharmacological alternatives. Fortunately, non-traditional treatments, such as pet therapy, are becoming increasingly popular, and have potentially positive effects on the social and emotional well-being of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.