It’s estimated that over 79 million households in the United States own a pet of some sort. It’s true that pet ownership brings joy to those of all ages; a wagging tail greeting you after a long day makes you feel needed and loved, and stroking some soft fur as you settle in for the evening has a relaxing, calming effect. According to recent research, Baby Boomers are the second largest group of pet owners, just behind Millennials.
What can a furry companion offer to seniors? When it comes to pets and the elderly, the benefits cannot be denied. Here are just a few reasons seniors should consider pet ownership:
If you’re considering adopting a pet, it’s important to take your own needs into consideration before heading to your local animal shelter. Think about how active you are and what kind of lifestyle you lead. For example, dogs might need a bit more attention than cats, so if mobility is an issue, a lap-cat might be a better option than a dog who needs multiple walks every day. Plus, while puppies and kittens are adorable, they can be highly active and take a lot more work than an older pet.
You should also consider what type of assistance is available for your pet should you need it. If something were to happen to you health-wise, it’s important to make sure someone is available to tend to your furry friend until you’re back on your feet.
Even if you weren’t a pet owner throughout your life, it’s never too late to consider pet adoption! The benefits pets can offer to seniors can greatly enhance your life.