Cats and dogs are a wonderful addition to any home. However, for seniors, adopting a pet can offer many tangible benefits that can change their quality of life.
Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a serious problem among senior citizens, according to Aging Care. Caring for and spending time with a pet can help lower a senior’s blood pressure.
Increased Social Activity
Pet owners share at least one thing in common. From dog parks and fundraisers, to visits to the vet, pet ownership can help a senior increase his social activity.
Increased Physical Activity
Taking a dog out for a walk a couple of times a day can greatly increase the amount of physical activity for a senior. Even changing a litter box or crossing the room to pick up a cat can increase activity.
Pets seem to sense when their owners are stressed and sad. These animals offer comfort, and the act of petting an animal can lower stress.
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