Pets offer purpose and health benefits
ACCORDING to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with approximately 63% of households owning a pet.
There are a staggering 33 million pets in Australia now. A large percentage of pet owners in Australia are seniors - and for good reason. Owning a pet can bring new meaning and purpose to your life.
Studies have reflected that seniors with dogs go to the doctor less with minor health issues and they even have lower levels of blood pressure and cholesterol as compared to non-pet owners.
The companionship that pets provide motivates seniors to get more involved in daily activities and socializing. Pets help relieve stress, alleviate boredom and provide devotion and companionship for the elderly.
Loneliness is a contributor to the failing health of many seniors. Senior pets, such as an older dog, have special advantages making them the perfect pet for the elderly. Senior pets have developed their own character, are house trained, need less exercise and are less excitable than younger pets and are often a very good match for homes with existing pets.
If matched well, a senior pet will take very little time fitting into a new home. In Australia, most seniors can expect a discount from organisations such as the RSPCA if you decide to adopt a senior pet through one of their programs.