Most people can't resist petting a fluffy dog or cat but research has shown there is actual health benefits associated with people who own pets. One study showed that independently living seniors that have pets tend to have better physical health and mental wellbeing than those that don't.
Several benefits include:
1. They can help with flexibility in bending down and picking them up.
2. Pets keep you more active by walking them, feeding, grooming, and changing their water daily.
3. Elderly pet owners had significantly lower blood pressure overall than those without pets.
4. Animals make great companions and people with pets were able to remain emotionally more stable in a crises situation than those without.
5. Pets can help with social isolation. Elderly people who have pets tend to leave the house more often. This gives them an opportunity to interact more with people and can help with depression.
6. The responsibility of caring for an animal may also give the elderly a sense of purpose, a reason to get up in the morning.
7. Pets help seniors maintain a regular routine. They are required to get up in the morning, buy their pet supplies and food, go outside, and share their love and affection.