Pets & Animals

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?

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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:

  1. Lower blood pressure
  2. Less trips to the doctor
  3. Less depression
  4. Less loneliness
  5. Lower cholesterol levels
  6. Lower triglyceride levels
  7. Less anxiety
  8. Less PTSD symptoms
  9. Less feelings of insecurity
  10. 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:

7 Crazy Things Pet Parents Do

Pet Birds For Seniors

Best Dogs for Seniors

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.

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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