7 Reasons Dogs Are Great For The Elderly

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People of all ages love dogs, and for a good reason too. They frequently live up to the title of ‘Man’s Best Friend’, and many people can’t imagine life without at least one dog around the house.

With that said, dogs can play an especially important role in the lives of the elderly. As we age, some things in life become more difficult, and having a dog by our side can ease some of those challenges.

Consider the following seven reasons that dogs are a great sidekick for the elderly.

1. Companionship

It’s a fact of life for most senior citizens that there are fewer and fewer chances to be social on a daily basis.

Having left the workforce, it can be hard to have human contact, which makes the companionship of a dog all that much more important.
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It’s a fact of life for most senior citizens that there are fewer and fewer chances to be social on a daily basis.

Having left the workforce, it can be hard to have human contact, which makes the companionship of a dog all that much more important.

Dogs do not judge like humans do.

Humans might not want to spend time with you if they don’t share the same interests, but dogs show unconditional love no matter what.

Once they become attached to you, they will be your friends for life, and your age doesn’t matter to a dog.

If you don’t get out of the house as much as you used to and you don’t have people coming around that much anymore, a dog can fill that void perfectly.

2. Comfort

Sadly, many elderly people end up living alone after their spouse has passed on. For widows who are forced to live alone in their later years, a dog is a great friend to have in the home and provide a sense of comfort and peace in a difficult time.

There’s nothing like an evening cuddle with the most loving being there is in your life. You will never feel the pain again.

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