benefits of pet ownership for seniors

The Unconditional Love of a Pet

The unconditional love that a pet brings to their owners is something that cannot compare to anything else. And, it’s even more beneficial for seniors. The joy that they bring every time you walk in the door, whether it be a dog or a cat, is only comparable to the love of a child.

However, a recent article from Ponca City News writes: It’s not uncommon for seniors to feel lonely or depressed when they retire, their children move away or they lose a spouse or close friend or friends. The American Humane Society states that studies show pets help seniors overcome loneliness and depression by providing affection, company, and entertainment. Pets also provide much-needed mental stimulation, and many pet owners find their pets to help them become more physically active as well.

Many seniors shy away from pet ownership because of fear of having to train and raise a puppy or kitten. But the benefit of adoption might just be the perfect way to find that unconditional love.

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