In general, yes. Pet therapy actually helps with nearly every age. It has physical, mental and social benefits. In all care environments, especially in Memory Care, pet therapy is conducted regularly and always in a way that maintains residents' dignity, health and safety. There are certain cases where pet therapy does not help, for instance: the resident has a severe allergy or the resident is fearful of the animal(s).
For further reading take a look at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/consumer-health/in-depth/pet-therapy/a
rt-20046342?pg=2 http://www.pawsforpeople.org/who-we-are/benefits-of-pet-therapy/ http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-truth-about-animal-assisted-therapy/00010295