Pets for Seniors

Elder woman leaning for a kiss from her cat

There are many benefits to the sharing of lives with a pet for senior citizens.

  • A sense of connection
  • Loving companionship
  • The power of touch
  • Increased activity, exercise and
  • mobility
  • Promote living in the moment as petsElderly woman hugging her dog
  • can so well accomplish
  • A reason to get up
  • A sense of purpose
  • Increased social interaction
  • Eases anxiety and pain
  • Can lower blood pressure

There are also some cautions to be considered.

  • Can the pet be adequately taken care of? Is help available if assistance is needed?
  • Is continued care affordable?
  • If no longer able to care for the pet are arrangements made for rehoming?
  • Is the personality of the pet a good match?

If owning a pet is out of reach, visits by therapy animals can add moments of pleasure to the life of a Senior. This link talks about pets for residents of assisted living communities but speaks well to all considering a pet for a senior. Check it out.