Chooks help heal loneliness amongst the elderly

More than 52% of Aged Cared residents suffer from symptoms of depression.

HenPower, a creative ageing program, has introduced chickens as pets to help keep aged care residents company. It was found that the company of animals helps release the “feel good” hormone oxytocin which relieves stress and promotes physical activity amongst the elderly. Hens especially, have been shown to help those with dementia find a different ways of communicating and feeling socially connected.

These beautiful creatures, who require very little maintenance but are very endearing, have had a significant impact on those suffering from depression; proving as a great step forward for the welfare of aged care residents.

Sathya Thavendran

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