The Value of Pets for Seniors

Senior woman holding a dog

The Value of Pets for Seniors

Pets have an innate ability to enrich our lives and seniors can form especially meaningful bonds with animals to experience these life-enhancing rewards. Here are a few ways that Fluffy and Fido can enrich your life. 

Physical Benefits

Having a pet can lower your blood pressure, increase your mobility, and even relieve pain from conditions like arthritis. Research shows that even petting a dog can lower your blood pressure rates, which is a key component to reducing your risk of coronary heart disease. 

Contact with pets can also improve your mobility and independence to help you complete daily tasks. Regular activity with a pet is a healthy, low-stress form of exercise—animals that need regular walks and exercise can even help you implement this routine into your own life. A study even found that pet therapy could help reduce the amount of pain medication needed for recovery after surgery.

In fact, even just 15 minutes of bonding with an animal will set off a chemical chain reaction in your brain, lowering cortisol levels and increasing serotonin levels, immediately dropping your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels. 

Mental Health Benefits

Having a pet can also provide a number of benefits for your mental health. The companionship of a pet can reduce depression, loneliness, and ease anxiety for seniors who may often find themselves spending time alone. Seniors who may experience high levels of stress are often calmed by the soothing presence of a pet. 

Practice Being Present

Pets promote a better ability to be present in the moment and can help you to make the most out of every day! An animal can also add purpose to your life and help you stay social as you take them on walks or get together with others. 

Pets at CareAgape

Although typically live-in pets aren’t allowed, at the discretion of individual caregivers there can be exceptions. However, families may bring a pet to visit an elderly resident as much and often as wanted or needed. Pet visitation has been proven to provide special comfort that only animals can give. 

If you or a loved one are looking for a cozy space with caring staff and friendly neighbors, then CareAgape is the place for you. Give our staff a call today at (714) 646-6750 or visit us online to book a tour of our homes. If you want more educational information like this, be sure to check out our blog!