Most seniors don’t even think about owing a pet simply because they don’t want anything else to take care of. Who can really blame them when you think of things that way? They have already lived their life and don’t want to start over taking care of a pet. That’s only looking at things from a negative stand point. They aren’t thinking of all the wonderful things you can get from being an involved pet owner.
Having a pet can give your senior some sort of routine. They might not want to get out of bed in the mornings, but they will have to now. A pet is another reason to make them get out of bed in the morning. They will have no choice but to get in some sort of a routine when they become a pet owner. Walks, potty breaks, feeding time are all things that will become part of the routine now.
If they have a pet that needs to go outside, then this will be a great effect on your senior. They will have no choice but to go outside once in a while. There are walks, vet appointments, groomer appointment and if they really want to get involved there can be social engagements. Now your senior will have no choice but to get a little more active.
This doesn’t mean that your senior has to have a 200 pound English mastiff in order to stay safe. Any dog will give them the security of being protected. Intruders tend to stay away from homes with any type of dog. So any dog that barks, will offer a great sense of security to your senior. Chances are it will also give the seniors family a good sense of security as well.
One thing I have learned from my grandma who recently lost her husband is the loneliness part. She has lots of friends, but she is still lonely because there is not someone there at her house to talk with everyday and eat dinner with. This gets very lonely for her. Having a dog would help solve this loneliness problem. While dogs don’t talk back, they do offer an ear and make awesome friends that always listen. Dogs also have this thing about them that lets you know they truly care about you, which can instantly brighten your day. The companionship of a dog and a senior can be a very positive thing in their life.