“While it may come as a surprise to some, chickens offer significant therapeutic benefits for people of all ages and are proving a powerful therapeutic tool for those suffering from anxiety, depression, isolation, loneliness, and dementia.”

As soon as I read that I thought “What are people thinking?” After I read the article: The Calming Effect of Therapy Chickens – I liked Nugget, Noodle, and Nibble – Nikki Pike’s therapy hens. 

Truth is, I read many articles over the years and heard people talk at conferences about animals for older adults being a life changer. Sometimes dogs or cats won’t be a good fit for the case at hand. Some people live in places that don’t allow dogs or cats. Some people have an allergic reaction to dander, fur or growling noises! Whatever the reason, having pets may be a huge want but most of the time the demand can’t be met. Therefore, not supplying for the need. 

In this article: The Calming Effect of Therapy Chickens you will understand all the benefits that have been uncovered about animal therapy. As we get older, we all seem to go through loneliness at some point. Don’t think 80 and 90-year-olds – think 9, 15, 27, 38, 49, 50, 65……you get the point. Think about how a pet or a friend’s pet made you feel growing up. When you look into the eyes of an animal you have an immediate connection. That my friend is what comforts us. Now think about living your life at a time when things slow down and your connection to life slows down. At that moment, the same feeling as a child, the same feeling in your 40’s or whatever age, you need a connection. 

Today, adult residential facilities like Mountain House use therapy chickens to help patients diagnosed with mental illness and high anxiety. Programs like the Furry Tales project bring chickens into senior living communities as therapy animals, and many retirement communities and nursing homes like Morningside Health Center 

According to Donna Brunetti, a counselor based in Lake Forest, Calif., a relationship with an animal is invaluable, especially for older adults. “Seniors are finding many of the people they knew are gone, or their families become busier,” she said. “Having an animal with them all the time is so beneficial. Caring for an animal gives them a reason to get up and do things and it offers an improved quality of life.

Cluck-Cluck!  (Why do I have the urge to do the Chicken dance?)

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