In 2017, 68 percent of all households in the United States owned pets, up from 56 percent in 1988. For fellow animal lovers, the reason why is obvious – unconditional love. But many people don’t realize that there are also other benefits that are validated by numerous research studies. Animals can have a positive effect on our social lives, our health and our overall emotional well- being. For seniors, there is no better way to decrease loneliness and stress than to have a pet in their home. Whether you live independently or in an assisted living facility, the best medicine can be named Fido or Miss Kitty.
It’s more dangerous for your senior than you may realize
Because there are so many physical ailments that affect us as we age, it can be easy to ignore or simply not see some of the less obvious signs of trouble. At first blush, something like loneliness probably doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but it can actually have a huge impact on someone’s quality of life and physical health.