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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3. Safety

Dogs are great for scaring off unwanted intruders, even if they aren’t technically ‘guard dogs’. For an elderly person who lives alone, peace of mind can be gained from having a dog in the home to bark at anyone who isn’t welcome there.

4. A Sense of Responsibility

One thing many elderly people struggle with is the feeling that they no longer have any responsibilities. Kids have moved on, and the responsibilities of the working world are gone as well.

By having a pet, they can regain the feeling of importance and have a good reason for getting up and providing care to their dog.

5. Interaction

Engaging the brain is one of the best ways to fight off the mental decline that comes along with aging.
[mnright]Simply talking to, or playing with a dog is an easy way to engage the brain on a daily basis.

6. Reason to Get Out of the House

It’s all too easy for elderly people to just stay inside all day when they don’t have to leave their home. However, a dog will always want to go for a walk, so it gives the senior citizen great motivation to get up and moving.

7. Opportunity to Meet People

Dog owners tend to talk to other dog owners, so going out for walks can be a great way to meet new people and form friendships. These kinds of connections can be very valuable later in life.

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