For most of us, bringing a pet into our home is a decision based on wanting the connection and relationship a pet provides. We rarely consider the health benefits to our family when choosing the right pet. However, as you grow older making the decision to add a pet to the family can be a health benefit in many ways. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in May of 1999 demonstrated that independently living seniors that have pets tend to have better physical health and mental wellbeing than those that don’t. We know there is a direct positive correlation between a senior citizens mental alertness, physical stamina, and length of life as a pet owner.
For those with hearing loss, a pet can provide a sense of safety and security. A dog can be trained to alert their owner when the phone rings or someone comes to the door. We typically think of dogs for those that are deaf but even those that are hard of hearing can benefit from both the health benefits and the lifestyle benefit of having a companion.
Hearing aids take care of the physical need to enhance sound but a pet can enhance the experience so that whether the aids or in or out the senior citizen is comfortable in his or her home or when out for a walk. It’s important not to jump into a pet ownership decision but considering the option may be good for your health!
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