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5 Reasons Why Seniors Should Own a Pet

By Ketan Patel

Taking care of a furry friend can benefit seniors who have a pet as a companion. When taking care of an animal becomes more difficult for elderly pet owners, an in-home caretaker can help. Make sure to choose the right breed and consider an older pet from a shelter for an older pet owner.

Here are some of the amazing benefits of pet ownership for seniors:

  1. Companionship and Social Interaction

The unconditional love of a pet is a wonderful solution when seniors suffer from loneliness. When people live alone and do not have the opportunity to interact with family and friends often enough, a pet can reduce the chance of depression. Taking Fido to the dog park or just for a walk around the neighborhood is a good conversation starter, and some people find a whole group of new friends through pet ownership.

  1. Remarkable Health Benefits

Owning a pet can help people live a healthier or even longer life. Forming a strong bond with a four-legged friend can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. Pets can also lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. Pets can help seniors by relieving anxiety and reducing pain for conditions like arthritis. One interesting study shows that pet therapy can reduce post-surgical pain as well. Walking a dog can help seniors avoid obesity with this low stress activity.

  1. Making the Most of Life

Caring for a pet can help a senior structure the day by providing a familiar routine. Feeding, grooming and playing with pets can give an aging senior a renewed purpose in life and a sense of responsibility. Pets benefit from the care, and seniors enjoy the feeling of being relevant and needed. Interacting with a pet can encourage aging seniors to live in the moment and not dwell on past disappointments or fears of the future.

  1. Helping Seniors Stay Independent

Having a furry friend around the house improves the pet owner’s mobility and can help seniors with their daily tasks. Activities like walking a dog around the neighborhood or playing with an indoor cat can help get stiff joints and aching muscles moving. A pet can alert your loved one suffering from a hearing loss if an alarm goes off or if the doorbell rings.

  1. Pets May Save Your Life

Amazingly, dogs have been found to have the ability to save the life of individuals with serious health problems. Scientists believe their superhero powers derive from their extremely keen sense of smell. Trained diabetic service dogs can detect chemical changes in the body and alert diabetics when their blood sugar is too low. Some dogs have been trained to detect cancerous tumors before they show up on conventional tests. Trained therapy dogs also have a beneficial effect on Alzheimer’s patients.

Hiring an In-Home Caregiver

An in-home caregiver can help your loved one with daily activities and assist in caring for pets. Home Helpers of South Shore is owned and operated by a compassionate health professional with a strong understanding of the needs of aging seniors. Contact Home Helpers to help your aging loved one.

Please fill out the form on the left and we will get in touch with you about setting up in-home health care, or call us at 781-585-1244 to determine the plan that is right for you.

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