Owning a pet, for the elderly at least, can be a beneficial prospect in many ways. Studies have shown that pet ownership by the elderly can improve, or help them maintain, their health. Results of these studies have shown up in medical journals, well-respected publications, and more.
Lower stress levels, increased fitness, and a general feeling of happiness can be supplied to people by their pets. Health benefits courtesy of a pet can include the following:
- Increased socialization opportunities
- Decreased feeling of loneliness
- Decreased triglyceride and cholesterol levels
- Lower blood pressure
Some of the studies being done and/or articles being published come courtesy of the following:
- Journal of the American Heart Association
- Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences
- Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly
- Harvard Medical School
- Journal of Social Issues
- Caregiver Services Inc.
- Western Journal of Nursing… and many more
Should Your Loved One Have a Pet?
To keep blood pressure under control, among other things, some common treatments include medication, a healthy diet, and exercise. Generally speaking, you’ll find a more active adult owning a pet. Due to increased exercise, in many cases, they can improve their heart health.
Living Longer and Happier
Dopamine and serotonin – your happy hormones – are increased by interacting with a dog. Cortisol, a stress hormone, can be lowered and a greater sense of well-being is established through pet ownership. As mentioned above, if someone has a pet that needs to be exercised/walked, provided they don’t hire a walker, they will get more exercise than if they didn’t own a dog (or other animals that are walkable – you might be surprised what kinds of pets some people will take for a walk).
Get Some Fresh Air
This can go along with walking your pet but could also simply entail just sitting outside with your beloved furry friend. Take your pets outside to sit in the shade or sun and get a little fresh air. This could even apply to bringing a pet bird outside in its cage so that everyone can enjoy the weather.
Cats, Dogs, or Something Else?
For older individuals, dogs make fantastic pets. They will benefit from the ownership of a cat, as well. Here’s something to seriously consider when thinking about a dog, however:
- Exercise requirements
- General care
In many cases, a dog’s needs exceed those of a cat, so a feline friend may be better for some adults.
If you decide to get a dog, however, what breed is better suited for someone who might be getting on in years? Here are the top 10 choices:
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Miniature Schnauzer
- French Bulldog
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- Shih Tzu
Socialization Opportunities and More at Country Club At Woodland Hills
Of course, owning a pet isn’t for everyone. Some people have care needs of their own, so pet ownership would be inappropriate. To provide socialization, exercise, much-needed care, meals, and more, there are specially designed and staffed communities.
Discover the numerous benefits at Country Club At Woodland Hills, a resident-focused community designed with “the good life” and your well-being in mind. This resident-focused community is the perfect blend of cottages, apartment homes, and extraordinary amenities. We offer the opportunity for a fun and active lifestyle with health and wellness programs, social and recreational events, and more. Are you looking for a cottage or apartment home that offers a maintenance-free independent living atmosphere? Do you have a loved one who needs personalized attention? With everything you or your loved one needs now and in the future available in one place, we offer a unique living experience.
Why read about it when you can see what we have to offer for yourself? Contact us today if you have questions or if you would like to schedule a tour.