- A study of health patients showed that people over 40 who own pets had lower blood pressure than people who did not have pets. Another study showed that talking
to pets decreases blood pressure.
- Seniors who own dogs go to the doctor less than those who do not. In a study of 1,000 Medicare patients, even the most highly stressed dog owner/guardians in the study had 21 percent fewer physician's contacts than non-dog owner/guardians.
- Studies show that seniors with pets do not become depressed as often as those without pets.
- Seniors with pets meet more people and like to talk about their pets.
- Seniors with pets go for more walks and are generally more active than those without pets.
- Most everyone, but especially seniors, will say that pets are their friends.
- Older people who suffer the loss of a spouse and own a pet are less likely to experience deterioration in health following that stressful event.
- You are less likely to be lonely with a canine or feline friend around.
- Seniors take good care of their pets and better care of themselves when they own a pet.
- Pets help seniors to feel that someone they trust is always around.