October is Adopt a Dog Month. This is a fantastic opportunity to introduce your senior to a new furry friend, and help them to gain some of the incredible benefits that can come with regularly interacting with animals. Many studies have been done to show the health and well-being benefits a senior can receive by owning a pet, and as a family caregiver, you can help your parent to experience these benefits on a regular basis.
Some of the ways being a pet owner can benefit your senior include:
- Owning a dog encourages your senior to be more active. Dogs need to be walked regularly, and often enjoy playtime involving such and other active games. Walking their dog and playing with them as a fantastic source of physical activity that can boost health and well-being even for a senior who doesn’t like to exercise.
- Staying more physically active has a wide variety of important benefits for all people, including reducing weight and strengthening joints and muscles, but also benefits more unique to seniors, such as reduction of mobility issues, improved balance, and give them more control of their activities of daily living.
- Pet owners are shown to have lower blood pressure and be better able to manage their blood pressure.
- Owning a pet has been shown to effectively reduce stress, and make people better capable of coping with stress. Owners of dogs and cats are known to show smaller elevations of blood pressure and stress hormones in response to stressful situations than those who do not own pets.
- Taking care of an animal reduces the sense of loneliness and isolation, which can help to lower the risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental and emotional health and well-being complications.
- Having a pet around provides mental stimulation that can help improve memory and reduce the cognitive functioning decline.
In your role as a family caregiver for an elderly adult, you will need to make a wide variety of important decisions.
One of the most meaningful and influential steps you can make is starting elderly care for them. And elderly home care services provider can step in to supplement the care you give to your senior, to fill the care gaps that may exist due to your own busy schedule or limitations, and diversify the care and support your senior receives. This can help them to stay safe and healthy, stimulates their mental and emotional well-being, and enable them to live the fulfilling lifestyle they desire and deserve.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Anaheim CA, contact the caring staff at No Place Like Home Homecare today at 951-382-5266