10 Reasons Why Pets Are Good For Seniors
The Niagara Falls Humane Society and the CDC posit that among many other good reasons for seniors to have a pet (they encourage activity, etc.), it’s what pet’s decrease for seniors that shows their value. Huh?
(Senior Man and Cat: Pietro Schellino via Unsplash)
They point to studies that have shown that an older adult with a pet (cat, dog, or other) will be likely to realize the following 10 health benefits of pet ownership:
- Lower blood pressure
- Less trips to the doctor
- Less depression
- Less loneliness
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Lower triglyceride levels
- Less anxiety
- Less PTSD symptoms
- Less feelings of insecurity
- Higher activity levels
The CDC also points out the care and precautions that must come with exposure to animals. It’s also critical to choose the right pet for you, something that’s more complicated than you might think.
Pre-Covid, Niagara SPCA and Humane Society started a Pet Visitation Program for senior facilities in the city of Niagara Falls. For more information about the Niagara Falls Humane Society, their Pet Visitation program and the benefits of having a pet for seniors, consult their website here.
More about Pet Ownership & Benefits for Older Adults:
Are Guide Dogs a Fit For Seniors
Is Horse Riding Safe For Seniors?
Note: This article was first published in 2015. It has been updated with more current information.