Seniors: The benefits of pet ownership

SENIORS can benefit from pet ownership in many ways.

Dog owners enjoy improved physical activity, spend more time outdoors and walk about twice as often as those without dogs. Older dog owners also experience less stress and loneliness, better nutrition, and a stronger focus on the present.

If you stop to talk to a senior with a dog, chances are they will talk about their pet in a more general and happy way. Non-owners of pets tend to talk about health problems and the past, while dog owners are more likely to talk about their dogs and present day events.

Pets can give an elderly person a great sense of self and help increase self-esteem since they rely on their owners for virtually every aspect of their caretaking. Seniors also benefit from the unconditional love and affection pets give.



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