Benefits of Pets for Older Adults

The unconditional love of a furry or feathered friend is a vital part of life for many of us.

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, with 61% of Aussie households having at least one pet. Maintaining relationships with animals into older age has proven health benefits. 

Pet ownership and interaction can:

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  • Decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness – pets offer wonderful companionship and often mould their personalities to match their owners. 
  • Increased physical activity – dogs are the common example as they require regular walks, but even feeding and cleaning up after lower maintenance pets increases movement on a day-to-day basis.
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease – regular contact with animals lowers both blood pressure and cholesterol (even when controlling for factors such as increased exercise from pet ownership).
  • Improve communication – there have been several studies showing that pet therapy can increase verbal communication skills in those with dementia and can elicit responses from those with Alzheimer’s disease that is greater than their response to human interaction. 
  • Reduce doctor’s visits – people who own pets go to the doctor less often and have fewer specialist and hospital visits. In fact, in 2017, The Healthcare Economics of Pets report determined that pets save $2 billion in healthcare costs annually across Australia.

Choosing the right pet and having appropriate support to own pets is an important part of keeping everyone happy and healthy.

You can get all the support for your pet that you need, including walking, feeding and washing from the happy Carers at InPlace Care and enjoy the love a pet can bring without the stress.

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