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The Positive Effects of Pets on Seniors

The Positive Effects of Pets on Seniors

The Positive Effects of Pets on Seniors

Friday December 2, 2016

It is an unquestionable fact that many people love pets, no matter if they are a current pet owner, if they have positive recollections of owning a pet during their life, or if they are simply an animal lover. Pets bring many things to our lives, for example, it has been proven that pets have a positive effect on our mood and actually aid in reducing depression and anxiety. A pet can even be trained to alert their owners to the occurrence of health problems before they become life-threatening.  

There are a number of health benefits to owning a pet. They include:

  • Reduction of blood pressure.
  • Reduction of depressed mood by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels.
  • Reduction of visits to a doctor.
  • Increased opportunities to exercise.
  • Opportunity to meet new people.
  • Reduction in loneliness.

New studies have proven that there are many ways seniors benefit from pet ownership or pet therapy. Taking care of an animal can give a senior a new purpose in their lives, which may be missing after retirement. Pets can also help distract from chronic illnesses and loneliness. A pet who also is trained as a service animal can help keep seniors safe by finding missing people, detecting illnesses, and providing guide service for the vision-impaired. Alzheimer’s patients who participate in pet therapy show a reduction in behavioral problems, increased positive reinforcement and are comforted by a pet’s ability to provide nonverbal forms of communication. 

Pets are a loved and adored part of society. They have served in many capacities since the beginning of time. No matter if you own a dog, cat, turtle, pig, fish or many different types of animals, they are an important part of our society.