Pet ownership for the elderly has many benefits. Studies have shown that pets improve the health of most seniors. Pet companionship can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress and make our senior citizens feel happier and safer. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society revealed that independently living seniors who own pets tend to be more physically fit and have better mental well-being over those who don’t.
Aside from the physical benefits of pet ownership for seniors there are less tangible ones. Companionship is a huge benefit for a senior who doesn't have any family or friends that live nearby. Isolation is also a problem for a lot of senior citizens, having a pet will get them out of the house and mingling with other pet owners. Having a pet to care for makes the senior feel needed which gives them a purpose in life.
If you think you know a senior who would benefit from having a pet, sit down and talk to them about it. Make sure that they can care for one and that their housing will allow a pet. The right pet for the right senior can be a very rewarding experience for all.