For many of us, our four-legged furry creatures are part of our family. Just like humans, pets require healthcare, love, and attention to survive. The most beautiful part about owning pets is realizing that they can give you so much in return, improving our overall health, well-being, and quality of life by simply being themselves. Here are the benefits of owning a pet in your golden years.
Physical Benefits of Owning Pets
For older individuals, every effort counts when it comes to keeping their physical bodies fit. When you take your daily walk with your dog, for example, the steps start to accumulate. Once you know it, you’ll be getting more steps in on average than if you hadn’t gotten a dog. Keeping this consistent routine is what will keep your body working optimally for longer. Moreover, dogs require you to play with them often. At home, you’re more likely to get up from your couch to play catch with your furry friend, take them for a shower, and do many other activities, so pet owners have less of a chance to lead a sedentary lifestyle. This has many benefits, like lower chances of obesity, as well as other health issues related to not getting enough physical exercise. Parents of our feline friends aren’t left out of this either as they require almost as much effort to care for.
Mental Benefits of Owning Pets
Other than keeping your heart healthy, owning pets can contribute to positive mental health and be a source of emotional support during tough times. When you’ve had a long day at work, coming home to a pet that just wants to show you as much love and affection as possible can bring a lot of comfort. For older folks who live alone or are grieving, it is recommended to care for a pet as it could help with your overall quality of life. In fact, there are many support or therapy animals that are effective in helping with mental conditions like PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Most pets are able to sense when your energy is low and will waste no time in trying to make their owners smile again. Of course, taking care of a pet is not always easy, but its pros far outweigh the cons. Developing a consistent routine of feeding times and walks can help pet parents with mental health conditions regain a sense of purpose which can also affect other areas of their lives.
Questions to Ask Before Getting a Pet
If you’re considering getting a furry friend, ask yourself these questions first:
- Have you had a pet before?
- Would a therapeutic or emotional support animal be helpful?
- What temperament would be a good fit for me?
- What age pet would be best?
Why Choose Morada Meadow Lakes?
Our Independent Living option provides a convenient and comfortable living environment for all, with a wide range of fun and relaxation options. Besides meeting like-minded individuals, you will also find individuals who share your passions and interests.
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