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Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

More than 37 million people are living in Canada, yet many Canadians have never felt more alone. The Angus Reid Institute and the Cardus think tank collaborated on a recent study that found that an astonishing 23 percent of the country experiences extreme loneliness and social isolation. That isolation correlates with many negative side effects that can have an impact on every area of a person’s life.   “Social isolation and loneliness are a symptom of our culture’s obsession with personal autonomy, leaving us living life as ‘I’ instead of ‘we,’” said Cardus...
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Can a Service Dog Help Someone with MS?

Can a Service Dog Help Someone with MS?

Even the most basic daily tasks can be a challenge for someone with Multiple Sclerosis. The nerve damage associated with the disease can cause fatigue, balance issues, and mobility impairment, all of which can make a simple trip across the room an exhausting physical ordeal. That’s why a trained service dog can be so valuable to someone with MS. Like most dogs, service dogs provide comfort and companionship, boosting mental health and making it easier to engage with the world at large. However, a service dog can perform many other vital functions that allow someone with...
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4 Benefits of a Support Dog for PTSD

4 Benefits of a Support Dog for PTSD

Overcoming trauma is never a simple task. The process often takes years, and while medication and therapy can help, there simply are no guarantees when it comes to mental health. That’s especially true for those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People who have faced abuse or trauma in the past need a safe, comfortable environment in order to recover and a support dog can be an important part of that healing process. A support animal provides a calming presence that alleviates many of the worst symptoms of PTSD, and though it is not a cure, having a faithful companion...