Movies and television shows have always shown us shining examples of pets and the wonder, joy and love they can bring to your life and the life of your family. The love for an animal and of an animal is one of the most special relationships we can experience, but did you know that having a pet can actually have a positive effect on your health? The American Heart Association put out a study in 2013 that found people who were pet owners had reduced cases of heart disease and were more likely to live longer lives.
There are so many great reasons to own a pet, ones that can affect your health for the better. Some of the health benefit are:
It’s no secret that seniors can live a lonely, isolated lifestyle. With children and grandchildren living in different states or countries, friends with health conditions or caregiving responsibilities or the loss of a spouse can bring solitude and loneliness to many seniors. Pets can bring joy, happiness, love and companionship to those who find themselves in need of company at this stage in their lives.
Pets have also brought much needed help to seniors suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s patients that participated in a study at the University of California were given either a dog or cat and the study found that:
The life changing power of a pet to a senior is undeniable. Many seniors find themselves on a fixed income, wanting a pet but not necessarily able to afford to take care of one. There are several excellent non-profit organizations that seek to help seniors find a pet and help them with the means to take care of them. If this applies to you or a loved one, check out these great organizations:
There is no question the love that is found in the pet and owner relationship, it is truly a bond that makes the animal a member of the family. I have seen countless examples of animals changing the lives and demeanor of people of all ages. Our need as humans to love and be loved, care for and be cared for, and be close to a loved one is exemplified in the bond formed with our pets. If you are questioning whether or not to adopt a pet into your life, the benefits seem to be important, rewarding and helpful to your life and health. Take the risk and love them well!
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