For the elderly who live alone or in group facilities, pets can not only increase physical activity, but also help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and help them learn!
According to Dr. Jay P. Granat, tomorrow can be vary scary for an older person. It’s said that dogs and other pets live very much in the here and now, not worrying about tomorrow. Pets can also reduce depression and lessen loneliness, as it’s often been said by older pet owners that their lives have become much less lonely having a pets companionship.
Not only do the elderly benefit, but pets do too. Since most of the adopters are retired, they have lots of time to devote to a pet that may have been previously unwanted. To read more, check out the full article on Aging Care’s website: www.agingcare.com/articles/benefits-of-elderly-owning-pets-113294.htm
Barbara Ballinger. The Benefits of Elderly Owning Pets. Retrieved from: www.agingcare.com/articles/benefits-of-elderly-owning-pets-113294.htm