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|Page 22A - Seniors Lifestyles, September 28, 1994|
|Pets bring love to seniors' lives|
By Shelley Grant
|Area pet shop owner Shelley Grant says pets can have a positive impact on senior citizen's lives.|
man now has a reason to get up in the morning. He has a reason to live,
love and laugh. One year ago this person felt he had no reason to go on.
He felt his life was over. And now he knows it's not over but another chapter
Recently, there have been many studies done on the benefits of seniors having pets. It has been statistically proven that the quality of an older person's life greatly improves when they have their own pet. This does not mean that everyone should own a dog. Because some people prefer cats or birds or fish. It all depends on your ability to physically care for the animal.
There are, nowadays, quite a few senior citizens' homes that have dog trainers or employees bring their dogs in to visit the residents weekly. The residents enjoy these visits. They can pet the dogs and walk with them, and occasionally slip them a cookie. Even the residents that don't wish to be directly involved with the dog usually watch from a distance. Pets break up the monotony of a day. They offer a distraction for a seniors aches and pains. The medical profession now realizes that mental health is directly related to physical health. Dogs have
germs than humans anyway. So there is no reason the seniors' homes can not
have a few well-mannered furry visitors.
If you are a senior, this is the time to enjoy life. Be proud of yourself for all of your lifetime accomplishments. Now that your children are grown and you've put in your many years of hard work and labour you can enjoy life's pleasures. A pet would be a welcome addition to your home. Think of the wisdom, love and experience that you can share with an animal that just wants to please you.
Shelley Grant is the owner of Critter's Corner, Exeter.