Two out of every three families have one or more pets as family members. Why do so many of us opt to have pets? Pets provide a range of benefits and purposes. Some people do believe that dogs and other pets give unconditional affection and want nothing in return. Perhaps this is why nearly half of all older adults own a pet.
Many older adults are unable to participate in social activities because of mobility challenges, health issues, or lack of energy. Social isolation, particularly among older adults who live alone, can result in loneliness, depression, and physical health problems.
Pet therapy has been demonstrated to help older adults improve their depression and anxiety symptoms, increase their self-care, and even improve their heart health. Giving and receiving unconditional love is genuinely beneficial for your heart, it turns out. Continue reading to learn about the physical, social, and emotional benefits of having pets in this article!
- Heart Health
Pets may help to lower blood pressure. Older adults who share their living environment with a pet frequently have a lower blood pressure than those who do not. Some claim that simply making personal touch with or petting a canine has a calming effect. As lowering blood pressure is linked to a decreased risk of heart disease, your parent’s pet might be part of a prescription for a healthier lifestyle.
- Increased Activity
Walking, grooming, or playing with a pet promotes physical activity and exercise frequency, which has several health advantages.
- Healthy Habits
Those who own a pet are more likely to take better care of themselves. Caring for a pet encourages owners to eat frequently and do chores and other duties, which aids in the development of a routine.
Social & Emotional Benefits
- Decreased Loneliness
Loneliness is reduced because pets provide company, providing solitary elders with a source of affection, discussion, and activities. According to a 2018 survey, one in every five adults aged 60 and up has dementia or some other neurological or mental disorder. Furthermore, many older adults spend significantly more time alone than they used to, which can contribute to feelings of loneliness and isolation. The company of a pet may improve our emotions and make people feel better.
- Stress Reduction
Having a pet raises serotonin levels, the “feel good” hormone that lowers stress. It also gives physical touch, which aids in the reduction of anxiety.
- Higher Self-Esteem
Pets provide welcome companionship for older adults who are discouraged by their age, looks, or restricted abilities, reminding them that they are still capable of being loved and appreciated.
- Sense of Purpose
Being in the presence of an animal gives them a purpose to get out of bed every morning. Pets assist to alleviate symptoms of depression by removing thoughts of worthlessness or powerlessness. Older adults’ mental health improves when they know they are loved and wanted. After all, there’s so much to do, see, and smell right now! Staying in the now may be quite useful for older adults, particularly those suffering from dementia.
Lead an Engaging Life at Conservatory At North Austin
Here at Conservatory At North Austin, we aim to ensure that our residents’ retirement life is engaging and fulfilling during their stay here. Residents at Conservatory At North Austin can look forward to filling their days with interesting activities and events such as movie nights and religious events! Are you worried that these activities will become mundane? Fret not! Our Celebrations Activities & Events activities calendar is updated monthly, offering everyone something new to do each month.
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