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Seniors and pets: Keeping them together, at home

February 8, 2018

pexels-photo-10517.jpegFor seniors living at home, pets can be an important part of their daily lives. More than just companionship, pets can help reduce stress, increase activity, lower blood pressure and increase social interaction.

Staying active – For many seniors, having a pet is motivation to get moving. Whether it’s a dog that needs a walk or a cat demanding its breakfast, a pet is an outside force that makes them get up and get going. Active pet ownership has been linked to lower body mass index; fewer reported doctor visits and fewer limitations on their activities of daily living.

Stress relief – Studies show that pet owners, overall, have lower blood pressure, lower resting heart rates and a less dramatic change in heart rate and blood pressure in response to stress.

Companionship – One of the biggest triggers for senior depression is loneliness. A pet’s companionship can satisfy the longing for company and affection for seniors who live alone — and spur a common topic of conversation for couples who may otherwise sit in silence.

Sense of purpose – When your pet depends on you for food, exercise and companionship, it gives you a reason to get up in the morning, get out into the community or just stroll around the neighborhood. It helps seniors establish and maintain a routine. Studies show that seniors with a sense of purpose are more physically active, take better care of their health and are less susceptible to stress. They also may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive impairments, heart attacks or strokes and may even live longer.

How can Belvedere Home Care help? Our caregivers can come into the home on your schedule and assist with homemaking tasks, including pet care. We work on flexible schedules and levels of care that accommodate any person, from daily visits to round-the-clock care.

Having a little assistance around the house can help seniors stay in their own homes longer – and share that time with their beloved pets.

Contact Belvedere today to schedule your free in-home assessment: 518-694-9400 or info@belvedereservices.com. Learn more at www.belvederehomecare.com.