Therapy Dogs Help Elderly Patients Lower Blood Pressure

Pet therapy is gaining in popularity and there are many dogs like Boston who  spend countless  hours cheering  elderly patients.  Boston is a retired guide dog who entered pet therapy as his second career.

A King Charles Spaniel
A King Charles Spaniel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But pet therapy is not just for  cheering.  Pets have been proven to help lower blood pressure, as my own doctor’s dog, Elton has helped me.  With Elton in the room, my pressure is lower.  (I didn’t used to believe all of this either, but that was before I had experienced it myself.)  Elton, a King Charles Spaniel, has been through special pet therapy training as has Boston.

In the video we can see Boston doesn’t bark loudly, and barks  only in “whispers”.  I have never heard Elton bark either, so one of the traits of a  therapy dog  is a quiet nature.  They are not bouncy excitable animals. Continue reading “Therapy Dogs Help Elderly Patients Lower Blood Pressure”


World’s Oldest Person Celebrates Sweet 116

At 116 years old, Bessie Cooper of Monroe Georgia, has been deemed the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records.  That was not without some controversy since the late Maria Gomes Valentin of Brazil had been proven to have been  48 days older.

Since Mrs. Valentin’s death, all of that is behind Mrs. Cooper and her record is safe.  She has been living in a nursing home only for the last five years since the age of 105.

As always, we want to know their secrets and Mrs. Cooper’s are simple.  “I mind my own business and  I don’t eat junk food.”

That one sentence is an earful for those of us who are willing to listen. Continue reading “World’s Oldest Person Celebrates Sweet 116”