Owning a pet is a big commitment that can bring about many unique challenges, but also a large range of benefits. In fact, studies have shown that pets for aging adults are an asset in therapy techniques for those who are coping with dementia and other conditions. For those who are planning to introduce a furry friend into your life, here is a guide to the perks that you can look forward to.
The first, and most obvious benefit, is that animals offer a unique form of companionship. Older adults are more prone to social isolation and loneliness, which can easily lead to physical problems, depression, and other issues. Regardless of what type of animal that you opt for, they are always available and add a breath of new life into your living space.
Having a Sense of Purpose
For most older adults, life has been largely spent taking care of others. This means that retirement and taking a slow pace in life can become directionless quickly. Having a pet can be a simple way of re-introducing a sense of purpose without putting too much responsibility. This ensures that the older adults in your life can still feel useful and that sense of achievement that comes with supporting another living creature.
Establishing a Routine
On top of having a greater sense of purpose, having a pet can really help with establishing a routine. Having to take care of your pet ensures that you get out of bed at a certain time each day to feed, take care of, and play with them. This ensures that you will have more structure in your life overall.
Anyone at any age will benefit from consistent physical exercise. However, it can be hard to get moving, especially at an older age. Having a pet is a great way to introduce more physical activity into your life. Whether it is walking your dog daily, playing with a new kitten, or just cleaning the enclosure of your reptilian friend, having a pet helps to get a person moving.
Joining a Community
When you choose to adopt a pet, it opens a door for many social opportunities. Especially when it comes to social animals like dogs, it can even be a necessity to get out and about so that your pet is able to have meaningful interactions. Whether it is shared activities where pet owners gather to socialize their pets or support groups where you can get additional help and information, having a pet is a great way to break the ice and get to know new people and hobby groups.
Joining an assisted living community should not be an obstacle to pet ownership. At TerraBella Spartanburg, we are a pet-friendly community with amazing amenities for both you and your furry friend to enjoy. For more information on the measures that we have put in place to support pet owners and our senior living options, contact us today.