As we grow older, our social circle becomes smaller, and we become lonely. At this age, we need a real companion, and nothing can be a better companion than a pet. This is one of the best things we can do for our mental and physical well-being.
Animals are said to have an undeniable ability to reduce loneliness, provide social support and lift the mood. They are your ultimate “healers.” Spending time with a pet makes you feel great, allows you to relax, and has been shown to increase serotonin levels.
Pets are everyone’s best friend, and when it comes to seniors, they help them improve their mental health and overall quality of life through various psychological and physical benefits.
- Reduction of stress and anxiety
- Sensory input through touch
- Increased social interaction
- A sense of purpose
- Provision of routine
If you, too, are lonely, want companionship, and want to become a pet parent, you have many options. You can contact rescue organisations looking for good homes for abandoned dogs and cats.
Young pets are usually adopted immediately, but when it comes to pets older than 8 years, it isn’t easy to re-home them. Rescue organisations run a “Seniors for Seniors” program to solve this problem.
This program helps you find the right pet by placing a dog or cat already fully grown and in the prime of life, looking for genuine companionship and unconditional love.
The RSPCA NSW also offers an Aged Care program, which aims for pets and their elderly owners to remain happy, healthy, and together in their own homes. The Seniors for Seniors program also offers a 50% discount for senior card holders who wish to adopt a golden oldie.
Owning a pet is not only good for your mental health but also provides support, comfort, and companionship when you feel lonely.
At Home Care Assistance, our carers are happy to look after your pet, whether at mealtimes or taking a walk together. We are here to support you every step of the way.