Posted on August 14, 2018
- Many studies show that owning a pet can benefit us in multiple ways, no matter what our age. Pets provide companionship, motivation to exercise, a context for socializing, stress reduction and a powerful emotional boost.
But experts advise us that pet ownership is not a decision to make lightly, especially when we’re older. For some seniors, taking care of a pet can be physically difficult. A poorly trained dog, or a cat that’s always underfoot, can cause a fall. For people of every age, pets can sometimes interrupt sleep, which is an especially important issue for seniors, who have more trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.