June 11th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
Think back to all the happiness and joy your pets brought you growing up. That love for animals doesn’t go away just because you earn a few more candles on your birthday cake. In fact, pets offer a wealth of benefits for seniors in terms of mental, emotional, and physical health.
Benefits of Pets for Seniors
Pets Offer Responsibility
After retirement, seniors can (sadly) sometimes feel as though they don’t have much purpose anymore. Having a pet gives them the responsibility of caring for an animal. Oftentimes, this then encourages seniors to take better care of themselves.
Pets Offer Companionship
When the kids grow up and move out, seniors can feel a bit isolated and lonely. Having a dog to cuddle up with or a cat to play with can give them some much-appreciated companionship throughout their days.
Pets Help Seniors Stay Active
This is especially true with dogs, who need to be walked at least once a day. Part of caring for a pet is making sure they have enough exercise, so it helps seniors stay active without even feeling as though they are.
Pets Can Make Seniors More Social
When they take their pets for walks or to the park or obedience classes, seniors can befriend other pet owners and make plans to meet again. They can also bond over new experiences with current friends who also have pets and share advice for caring for their new furry friends.
Pets Create A Routine
For seniors who may have trouble remembering things, routines, such as feeding a pet, walking it, and giving it medication if need be, help give them a more structured routine throughout their day and help with their memories.
Pets Provide Security
Whether your loved one has a small cat or a large dog, a pet can give them a sense of security, knowing that there is another set of eyes and ears watching out for their home and safety.
Pets Reduce Stress
Between medical procedures, medications, and the potential feeling of loneliness, many seniors can feel stressed during their day-to-day. Having a pet has been scientifically proven to not only reduce stress but also lower blood, keeping your loved ones in better health.
At Loved Ones, we make the safety and comfort of your relatives our top priority and work with you to make sure they feel comfortable each and every day. With us, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your relative is always looked after.