The physical and mental health benefits of caring for a pet have been long established for people of virtually any age. Although, new search seems to indicate that senior citizens, in particular, may greatly benefit from a furry friend.
The National Poll on Health Aging surveyed 2,051 adults between the ages of 50 to 80, with more than half of them reporting owning a pet. 88% of those surveyed relayed that their pets help them enjoy life and 86% percent said that their pets make them feel loved.
Several signs may indicate it would be a good idea for a senior citizen to consider a pet. Continue reading to find out some of the signs to look out for.
Combat Senior Citizen Loneliness and Isolation
While retirement can be an incredible feeling, it can also come with its challenges, some of these being loneliness and isolation. Unfortunately, some seniors may not have a large social circle that they can connect with as much as they like. This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can make it difficult to enjoy retirement.
On the bright side, studies have shown that getting a pet can help to improve this greatly. It may not be a person, but a pet can still provide a higher level of socialization and help make it easier to approach other people.
As many people get older, mental faculties can begin to fade and this is especially true if senior citizens are not being properly engaged mentally. This can be a significant sign that getting a pet would be a good idea. According to experts, getting a pet can help to greatly slow this process and can even assist those with Alzheimer's and Dementia.
No Sense of Purpose
When of the largest difficulties of retirement for many people is finding a sense of purpose when no longer working. When work has been in their life for so long, it can be hard to know what to do without it. This can potentially lead to feelings of having no purpose, and possible anxiety or depression as a result.
Although getting a pet can help senior citizens gain a sense of purpose and desire, a pet gives them something they are responsible for, need to keep on a schedule and take care of.
Stress Relief for Senior Citizens
The senior citizen benefits of animals for stress relief have been long established. When dealing with some of the above factors or general stress in life, it can be hard to enjoy retirement. Fortunately, a pet can help to ease all of the above and reduce overall.
According to the study earlier mentioned, 79% of those surveyed said that their pets reduce stress. Dealing with emotional and physical symptoms can be difficult to deal with, but a pet offers a level of comfort and stress relief that a senior can reach for when distressed.
Finding Quality Retirement Care for Yourself or a Senior Citizen Loved One
If you are looking for the right retirement care home, we are here to help. Symphony Senior Living has locations all across Canada and we are sure that one of our facilities will be perfect for you or your loved one. We work to treat our residents like they were members of our own family and this reflects in our care for them. If you have any questions about our facilities or services, you can reach us at (437) 214-1608.