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Pets can relieve loneliness, isolation

Social isolation is becoming more of a problem among Americans and senior citizens are especially vulnerable to this issue.

Experts say time with animals can help alleviate feelings of loneliness. A study by Home Instead Senior Care of adults ages 65 years old and older found that regular interaction with animals can help decrease their feelings of loneliness and isolation. Additional survey results revealed nearly half of older pet owners said they found stress relief, a sense of purpose and exercise as leading benefits to owning a pet. Besides the health benefits, pets can also offer constant companionship for older adults who want to age in place.

Of the senior animal owners surveyed, 82-percent said they would not consider moving into a senior living community unless they could bring their pets with them.

 

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