Having a pet can help seniors’ overall well-being. Benefits include relief from loneliness to more significant socialization opportunities and physical aspects like increased exercise.
Whether you have a pet in mind already or are curious about getting your loved one an animal, this article will explore five of the top reasons why pet ownership can benefit seniors physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and more.
Pets improve the quality of life for seniors, especially their physical health. Many older people report that when taking their dog for a walk, they enjoy their routine exercise more. Regular physical activity in seniors has been proven to improve mobility, decrease blood pressure, as well as cholesterol, and triglyceride (a certain type of fat found in the blood stream) levels.
Increased physical activity and time outside with a pet can help maintain cognitive function and mental awareness. Additionally, the consistent daily routine of feeding, walking, and caring for a pet can help give structure and purpose to a senior’s day.
Emotional and Spiritual Benefits
One of the most valuable psychological benefits of having a pet for older people is increased self-esteem. Caring for an animal can help a senior feel loved and needed. Pets can also make people happier and less lonely, with a constant companion to enjoy.
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Socialization Opportunity for Seniors
Beyond physical and mental benefits, pets can provide seniors opportunities to socialize. Animals are often popular topics of conversation and a great way to meet new people and interact with others. For those who often feel isolated, increased socialization time can be invaluable in reducing stress and improving mood.
Safety Benefits of Pets for Seniors
There are also safety benefits to having a pet in the home. Dogs have been known to deter burglars with their barking, and for seniors living alone, an animal can bring more peace of mind to their lives.
Bringing Purpose & Meaning to Seniors’ Lives
Owning a pet can be great overall for seniors’ health, providing a higher level of support and love, especially when an older person is struggling with depression, loneliness, or other emotional health issues.
The compassionate and friendly staff at Frontier Senior Living have helped many families find a senior community that meets all of their loved one’s needs on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Many communities are even pet friendly! If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact us today.