Now look. There should be no argument about this. Studies have absolutely proven the benefits to older adults living with their beloved pets. Here are a few, borrowed from http://www.petsfortheelderly.org/articles.html:
“1) Pets lower blood pressure and pulse rate
2) 21% fewer visits to the doctor
3) Less depression
4) Easier to make friends (enhanced social opportunities)
5) Seniors become more active
6) Pets offer affection and unconditional love
7) Pets ease loss of a loved one
8) Pets fight loneliness”
AND, as if that’s not enough, there is this:
“How Community-Based Elderly People Perceive Pet Ownership,” New J., Wilson C., Netting F., 1986.
Surveyed Attitudes of the Elderly Regarding the Benefits of Pets:
* Talk to their pet 95%
* Pet helps when they feel sad 82%
* Pet helps when they physically feel bad 71%
* Touching their pet makes them feel better 65%
* Confides in their pet 57%
…Conclusion: Pets are an integral component of the social support network for many individuals and therefore probably contribute to public health and well-being.”
I rest my case. Today, in 2016, there are STILL way too many residences and apartment buildings for seniors that do not allow pets. This is a real problem. If low-cost seniors’ housing won’t let a low-income senior move in with their adored cat or dog, what then?
No older person should have to choose between being dirt-poor and keeping Precious, or having a bit of extra money every month – but no loyal furry friend. This just doesn’t cut it.