Seniors with Pets
Adopting a pet can be done for a variety of positive reasons, especially for senior citizens. A pet’s unconditional love is both rewarding and uplifting, and it can improve seniors’ quality of life and help them age in place by providing companionship and security.
In addition to companionship, parenting a pet can be beneficial for a senior citizen’s overall health both physically and mentally. According to some research, just 15 minutes of bonding with an animal triggers a physiological chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol and raising serotonin production. Furthermore, senior pet parents typically get more exercise than seniors who don’t have pets.
With so many advantages to senior citizens pet-parenting, there are a few details to consider before making the commitment to add a pet to the senior’s home. Take, for example, mobility. Cats may be the best pet for seniors with mobility concerns because they don’t require walks and tend to be more calm, quiet, and low-maintenance.
It is critical for seniors who want to parent a dog to consider the breed and age of the dog. Puppies are a bundle of energy that may not be suitable for a senior. An older dog might be a better choice. Similarly, living accommodations must be evaluated. Dogs may not be authorized if the senior is residing in an assisted living facility, apartment, or condominium.
Another factor to consider is the cost of pet care. Because many seniors are on fixed incomes, choosing a less expensive pet to care for, such as a bird or fish, may be a sensible choice.
The unconditional affection of a pet adds meaning and comfort to a sometimes-lonely stage of life. Pet parenting provides senior adults with companionship, calmness, daily exercise, purpose, security, and the ability to stay sociable. Finding the ideal pet for you or a family member is simple with a little research, and the advantages can be far-reaching.