In this month’s blog, we will review a heartwarming topic that will bring a smile to your face – the incredible benefits of having pets, especially for our cherished seniors. Our furry friends are more than just companions; they’re like little bundles of joy that bring immense happiness and comfort, especially in the golden years.
The Impact of Pet Ownership on Seniors
1. Beating Loneliness: According to a National Poll on Healthy Aging study, around 75% of seniors reported reduced feelings of loneliness and isolation when they had a pet companion. Whether it’s a playful pup or a cozy kitty, the presence of a four-legged friend can significantly decrease feelings of loneliness. They’re always up for a cuddle or a game of fetch, providing companionship that warms the heart.
2. Mental Health Boost: The American Psychological Association suggests that interacting with pets can trigger the release of serotonin and dopamine, contributing to a sense of well-being and happiness. Spending time with furry friends can lower stress levels and elevate mood. It’s like having a built-in therapist that doesn’t charge by the hour! The joy and love pets bring can do wonders for mental health, creating a positive and uplifting environment.
3. Increased Physical Activity: According to the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, seniors with pets are more likely to engage in regular physical activity, as daily walks or playtime with a pet motivate them to stay active. Regular physical activity can, in turn, contribute to a healthier heart by decreasing blood pressure levels. And at Nurses With Heart, we care deeply about cardiac care!
How You Can Help
These reasons are why seniors can benefit if a pet is an appropriate companion for the individual and their environment. Given this important bond, Nurses With Heart is hosting a special pet food drive throughout December to support our seniors and their beloved pets in collaboration with Silver Horizons. Many seniors struggle to afford pet food, and the demand during food drives often outpaces the supply. By contributing to this drive, we can ensure that our furry companions get the nutrition they need, and our seniors can continue to experience the joy and love that pets bring. So, let’s come together, spread some warmth, and make this holiday season a little brighter for our seniors and their furry friends!