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5 Reasons Pets are Important to the Aging Process

Posted on September 27, 2013 by Admin

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Wouldn’t everyone love to say they wake up every day with their best pal right by their side?

Gardner Chamberlain can say precisely that.

His best buddy is a cat named Buddy—a 12-year-old Siamese, to be exact.

Mr. Chamberlain says, “I enjoy Buddy's company, he is a good companion.”

Close relationships are one of the keys to leading a vibrant life. Aging adults, in particular, form close bonds with their pets, which it turns out, can help them navigate the aging process more successfully. Here are five great reasons pets are a fantastic addition to an older adult’s entourage:

1. Pets encourage physical activity.

Whether you are taking a stroll, dangling a toy for play, or simply feeding your pet, animals inspire a more active lifestyle and help energize the body.

2.   Pets provide a sense of purpose.

As adults age, many begin to feel that they are no longer needed anymore. Caring for a pet contributes to a feeling of value and importance again. “Buddy gives me something to be responsible for. Getting up to feed him and take care of him holds me accountable,” says Mr. Chamberlain.

3.    Pets bring comfort and lower blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels.

Many pets have a soft, warm coat that is great for cuddling. Even just the physical touch is soothing and relaxing. Many studies suggest that the simple act of petting an animal or hearing a cat purr can lower your blood pressure and regulate and slow your heart rate, which can reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease. Mr. Chamberlain says that his cat brings him comfort. “Buddy enjoys relaxing with me, he's a good lap cat.”

4.    Pets provide humor.

It’s hard not to smile when you see a cute dog or cat. It’s even better when it’s your own pet and you know his/her personality. Pets are great at making us laugh, doing funny things that put us in a good mood, and bringing out our playful side.

5.    Pets give unconditional love.

Pets love their owners with an unconditional love. They are there when we are tired and don’t feel well. Pets are there for us on our good and bad days and love us the same way.

No matter our age, relationships are crucial for leading full lives. We are meant to have companions, fostered with love. Some of the best relationships we have are those with our furry friends, who we call family.

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