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Do animals help the older generation?

It is no secret that here in the UK we are a nation of animal lovers, be it cats, dogs, rabbits or anything in between, having a pet in our lives can make it all the better.With this in mind it makes sense that having an animal is going to be beneficial to the older generation. But how? What does having an animal mean for those who are older?

It improves physical well-being

There has been plenty of research into the positive impacts of animals on us. One of the main findings is that it improves physical well-being. It is thought that stroking a dog or a cat will reduce your blood pressure and this can also reduce your risk of stroke and heart attacks too. Ideal as you get older and you start to become more concerned about your physical health.

It improves your mental well-being too

Not only do animals help with your physical well-being, but they can also help with your mental well-being too. They are known to reduce your feelings of stress, anxiety and even ensure that your body releases oxytocin and other happy hormones, which can have you feeling top of the world.

They are a companion

One common issue for the older generation are feelings of loneliness. Partners and friends can pass away and this can leave the person feeling alone and isolated. Having a pet is going to mean that you always have a companion that you can spend time with, this will help with your feelings of loneliness and make sure that you never feel truly alone.

They get you moving

As you get older, it can become harder to get around. Not only because you may feel less motivated to go outside, but also because your physical condition can also have an impact on your ability to move around. Unfortunately, one of the best ways to make sure that you can physically get around is to keep moving, which means that you are going to need to find the motivation to do it. Having a pet, particularly a dog that will require walking, means that you have a reason to get up and get out, which will improve how you feel inside and out.

They help you to feel secure

When you are an older person you can sometimes feel a lack of security, even in your own home.  You want to be able to relax in your home, however, there is a concern of what can happen, such as falling over or falling ill when you are alone. Having a dog, in particular, is going to help you to feel more secure in your home. Not only from others, but also because a dog may be able to help you should anything happen and you find that you need assistance.

As you can see, having a pet or having access to an animal in general can be hugely beneficial for any person who is older. So, why not consider it for yourself and see if it could be ideal answer to improve your life?

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