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Many Benefits for Senior Citizen Pet Owners


 Author,  Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Pets improve our health throughout our life, and this is no different when we get older.  As we age and near our golden years, many of us recognize the most difficult challenge as the changes in our everyday activities. We’re just not able to do the same things we once did. For example, what was once a quick trip to the grocery store may now be an all-day activity. And walking to the mailbox may feel more like a cardiovascular workout than a light jaunt to the end of the driveway and back.


Luckily, with the proper support system, entering your senior years doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable, lonely, exhausting or nerve-racking process. And, when it comes to support, what better option could there be than a four-legged pet to care for and love, and who will love you unconditionally in return?


So What are the Benefits?


Many older adults find themselves on their own often, looking for someone or something to help occupy their time. Studies have shown people who share their life with a pet enjoy significant health benefits and a pet may even help elderly people live longer, healthier and happier lives than those without pets.


Pets also:


  • Provide companionship, helping seniors avoid loneliness and depression;
  • Bring structure to the day as they require consistent love and attention;
  • Encourage exercise;
  • Lower stress levels in pet parents;
  • Help increase involvement in social activities and in making new friends; and
  • Offer security (yes, even a 12 lb. barking Maltese can make a potential thief think twice!).


There are Some Drawbacks, Too


Okay, so having a pet obviously has its benefits, but what about the drawbacks. If you’re considering welcoming a pet into your life, be sure to weigh the negatives, too.


  • Pets can tie you down and may not be a good choice for a senior citizen who is retired and has the freedom and desire to travel. However, many people prefer to bring their pets along on trips and, for those who don’t, there are professional pet sitters available to lend a hand.
  • Keeping a pet can be expensive as they require quality food, veterinary care and sometimes emergent care. A pet likely isn’t a good choice for someone living on a limited income.
  • Pets are a long-term commitment. Some senior citizens may not want a pet because they worry about the care of the pet in the event they fall ill. Or they may worry about a change in living situation and whether or not the pet will be able to come along. These are valid concerns that should be seriously considered.


Yes, pets are an excellent source of companionship for anyone, young or old. Pets can serve as a support system for seniors who may not have any family or close friends nearby, as long as the -person is able to handle the responsibility that having a pet brings. Our four-legged friends are there when we need them, can sense our emotions, and provide us unconditional love and devotion that anyone, no matter what age, can truly benefit from!





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