Whether we’re young or old, pets can be a wonderful addition to our lives. They bring a lot of love, affection, and all sorts of physical and mental benefits. If you or your loved one is thinking about getting a pet, this is for you.
The Impact of Pets in Independent Living
Getting a pet can be one of the best decisions you can make as an older adult. So many studies have been conducted to find how it can positively affect your life. Here are some of them.
- Pets can improve your mood. A study found that spending time with your pet can help release oxytocin which can increase your overall mood.
- Pets provide companionship. This is especially helpful for older adults living alone or having difficulty socializing. It’s hard to feel alone when you have a pet by your side.
- They help you stay fit. According to the CDC, active seniors need at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day to keep healthy. Caring for your pets and taking them on walks can help keep you moving throughout the day.
- Pets help with stability. Having a pet encourages you to follow a daily routine. This lets you have stability and a sense of purpose in your life.
The Right Pets for Active Seniors
When you’re looking for a retirement residence, aside from retirement home costs, a question you may want to ask is if they allow pets. A lot of communities, like Livita Retirement Residences, are pet friendly.
Once that’s settled, the next important question to ask is which pet should you consider having. There are plenty to choose from. Some factors to consider include:
- The size of the pet you can accommodate at home.
- The pet’s energy level.
- The cost of pet care.
- Your physical abilities.
For older adults, the top choices for ideal pets are:
Dogs are the most ideal when you want a companion. However, they do take a lot of work. It’s important to choose a breed that can fit your lifestyle. If you’re thinking about getting a dog, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Shih Tzus, and Maltese are ideal choices.
Although cats are not as affectionate, they can be excellent companions. They are ideal pets for seniors as they require less work and maintenance.
Although uncommon, rabbits can be excellent pets for older adults. Like cats, they require less maintenance. They can also do very well indoors as long as they get enough exercise and attention.
There are certain birds that are ideal for pet keeping. Parakeets, for instance, are low-maintenance and can bring a lot of joy to their owners.
Making the Most Out of Independent Living
Getting a pet is a big decision, physically, mentally, and financially. It is a challenge that can be rewarding for active seniors.
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