There are many advantages to seniors owning pets. One of these is the way it has been proven in formal studies that pets prevent heart attacks. One study by Friedmann (1995) analyzed people who had suffered heart attacks, and who owned a dog versus those who didn’t. The study also analyzed those who had human social supports versus those who didn’t. In both cases of dogs and humans, the social support was important and helped increase rates of survival.
Another benefit to seniors owning pets is touch. Just petting or stroking an animal’s warm fur in stressful times can be soothing. I can vouch for this myself, and I’ve observed it in my Dad also with our Labrador.
Celebrating our furry friends,