Many elderly seniors often struggle with loneliness. Feeling isolated could have a negative impact on an individuals mental and physical health. Not only can isolation lead to anxiety and depression, but it can pose an increased risk of dementia too. Thankfully, seniors who spend time with pets can help them feel less lonely. Here are some other health benefits for seniors to have a furry companion.
Having a pet such as a dog can get your elderly loved one outside more. Regular walking and playing with pets is a great way to exercise and get moving. Even if your elderly senior has limited mobility, they can still play a game of fetch with their precious pooch while sitting down.
Pets can help seniors to increase their social skills. Consider accompanying your elderly loved one to a dog park or set up “play dates” with other friendly dogs and their dog owners in the neighborhood. Not only will their pet get exercise and playtime, but it gives seniors a chance to make new friends. Meeting new people and sharing pets as a common interest can help elderly seniors boost their confidence. Their increased confidence could lead them to continue interacting with others once they start to feel happier.
Other Health Benefits
Not only will having a pet get you moving and an opportunity to make new friends, but it also has the following health benefits too:
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Decrease heart rate
At The Arbors Assisted Living Communities, we offer a variety of social activities to keep seniors engaged and active to help combat loneliness. We offer numerous activities to meet all of our residents’ needs and interests, including pet therapy. Learn more about our communities. Contact us to schedule a tour. We look forward to meeting you!