There are many benefits and disadvantages to owning a pet. Some seniors however, can greatly benefit from having a furry companion.
Not only do pets make great companions, but studies show that pets can reduce stress and even lower a person’s blood pressure, improve one’s mood, ease pain, decrease feelings of loneliness and increase socialization opportunities. Dogs make great exercise partners as well (if your loved one is able to safely get out and about) and can give your loved one a sense of purpose.
If you’re considering a pet, keep in mind the type of pet, level of activity, temperament and age- getting a puppy for your 90 year old mother would probably not be the best option. An older dog who is house trained and calm would probably make a much better companion.
Remember, adding a pet can add work to your loved one. If your loved one could greatly benefit from having a pet, but needs assistance with a litter box. Feeding or walking, we would be more than happy to help!
~ Staff at Southern Arizona Eldercare