Introduction:A pet is more than just a purry, furry face. For a senior, a companion dog or cat serves many purposes: companion, patient listener, and even a lifesaver. Medical research has found numerous health and safety benefits for seniors; here are some of the most important ones.
Studies show that stroking a pet is an enjoyable, calming activity that actually lowers blood pressure in most people. In fact, seniors with pets tend to live an average of two years longer than those without.
A key problem for seniors is isolation. Many live alone and often have difficulty attending social events, but the simple act of walking a dog every day opens up many opportunities for conversation. Strangers who might ignore a person sitting alone will stop pet a friendly dog and talk with the owner.
When people interact with pets it increases our level of Oxytocin - a hormone that makes us feel happy and trusting. Older people with personal stress (like the loss of a loved one) who had pets were better able to battle depression, and bounce back after a tragedy.
Pets can help lessen the anxiety of Alzheimer's for those who can't remember much. Interacting with animals is less stressful than with humans, as pets have no expectations and can't be disappointed by their inability to remember faces and events (as humans often are).
Having a pet can help owners feel more secure when they are home alone. Pets can alert their owners to the presence of intruders, and some can even learn to detect signs and symptoms of illness (like seizures).
Even with all these benefits, some seniors who would love to share their home with a pet just can't afford the cost of adopting a pet and paying for medical care. The Pets For The Elderly Foundation helps those seniors bring a little bundle of joy into their homes. They help pay adoption fees to participating animal shelters throughout the US so that senior citizens (age 60 and up) can afford to adopt a furry friend. These fees include pre-adoption veterinary exams and spay/neuter fees if applicable.
Bay Alarm Medical is proud to sponsor Pets for the Elderly. For every sale we get through March, 2014, we'll donate a portion of our profits to the Foundation so that they can keep doing their great work uniting seniors and pet companions all across America.
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