I know first hand how a cat can benefit a person suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's. Also, see the article below from HealthCentral.com for more about the benefits of pets in assisted living facilities.
Most households in the United States have at least one pet. Why do people have pets? There are many reasons. Some of the health benefits of pets are listed below.
Pets can decrease your:
Feelings of loneliness
Pets can increase your:
Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
Opportunities for socialization