Why Pets make Great Friends for Seniors


October 19, 2016

Pets are great for people of any age, but if you are a senior the need may be greater. Pets provide companionship, unconditional love, responsibility and noise in a quiet home. More often than not, seniors and care communities do not have pets but here are a few reasons why we believe they should.

Pets are great friends and companions.

As we get older things change and our homes aren’t as loud and full as they once were. Pets provide unconditional love and they want to be wherever you are, which is great when you need a friend.

Routine and Responsibility.

Pets provide routine to your daily life. Whether it’s time to eat, play or go on a walk having a pet in your life will give you a sense of responsibility. Just like having another person to take care of a pet will give you a reason to jump out of bed in the morning.

Get up and move your feet! It’s time to exercise.

We all know how important it is to exercise especially as we get older. Sitting for too long is not good for any body type or age. Sometimes we may need more of a reason to begin an exercise routine and a pet will surely help with that. Playing or walking your dog may not even feel like exercise, but when you move your body appreciates it.

Relieve Stress.

No one likes to be stressed, but sometimes life can be overwhelming. Having a pet in your life is proven to be a stress reliever. Believe it or not, but having a companion helps seniors relax and take a step back from those things that are causing stress.

Get out of the house.

Without a reason to go out it’s easy to stay inside and disconnect from life. Having a pet for anyone but especially seniors gives us all a reason to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. A pet gives seniors an excuse to get up and go, and sometimes that’s all they need.

Pets can help you make new friends.

Having a pet just like a child can help seniors make new friends. Pets are great icebreakers and give others a reason to come over to you just to say hi or pet your dog. This could be the start of a great conversation or even friendship.

Share your time and give your love.

As humans, we all just want to invest our time and give our love to something or someone no matter the age. Children grow up and grandkids may move away so having a pet around for seniors is a great way to take care of something who loves you just the same.

No one should be without a friend and that’s why we believe pets make great friends and companions. If you are looking for independent living, assisted care, long-term living, or rehabilitation services be sure to give us a call at (937) 319-8924.