Aging woman holding a dog.

Image of a brown dog facing forward, lying on its owner's shoulder.


Pets and Seniors

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Research confirms that there are positive outcomes for older adults who regularly interact with pets. Many older adults find that pets can provide the companionship and love they desire as they age, and can also reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. While pet ownership may be a benefit to many older adults, it can pose safety concerns for others. 

Regardless, there are ways that older adults can engage with animals and receive benefits such as:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Pain reduction
  • Less loneliness
  • More happiness

This seminar will share considerations on pet ownership and ways that older adults and family caregivers can interact with animals, even if they do not have an animal of their own. A panel discussion will offer other suggestions and resources in Sullivan County. Panelists include Joseph D'Abbraccio, DVM from Catskill Veterinary Services, Deborah Worden from Action Toward Independence, and Maureen Velton. Dr. D'Abbraccio will address the practical perspective of pet ownership, Ms. Worden will discuss ATI's Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program (WWSDP), and Mrs.Velton will share her experiences in pet therapy.

This co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Contact the CCESC office to request any special accommodations.

This program is free. Registration is requested in advance online.




St. John Street School Community Hub
22 St. John Street
Monticello, New York 12701

Last updated February 13, 2020