Unlike a stuffed animal or the second husband that Mary parodies, your pet is always happy to see you. They may express their enjoyment by wagging their tail, barking/purring or rubbing up against you, but one thing is for sure and it is that pet ownership can have an extremely positive impact on the life of an elderly person, especially ones that lives alone.
As people begin to age, their children leave the house, friends and loved ones may pass, and the companionship of an animal can be therapeutic. As a matter of fact, Assisted Living Communities have begun to integrate pet therapy programs, and more residences are allowing seniors to bring their companion animals with them.
Although all pet owners experience some emotional benefit, pets have a large impact on enriching the lives of the older population. Research has shown that seniors who own pets experience the following benefits:
If there is one thing that is certain a furry-friend will love your senior loved one unconditionally and the benefits of pet ownership are immeasurable. Keep one thing in mind though, if your senior loved one is considering getting a pet, have a plan for someone to take care of your pet if they travel or become sick, that way you can be assured that your pet will always be taken care of and loved. Take that Mary!