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At 80 Am I Too Old to Get a New Pet?

by Diana
At 80 Am I Too Old to Get a New Pet?

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At 80 Am I Too Old to Get a New Pet? No, I don’t think so, in fact, the opposite may be true, owning a Pet may increase and benefit your health and happiness levels.  There is no specific age when you are too old to take on a new pet. That said there is one proviso, make sure there is someone willing to look after it or them if you are no longer around.

Act11 Pets and Your ParentsMany people feel guilty about getting a new pet at a mature age.  I don’t think you should. I think if that is what you want you should do it, live all of life to the fullest.

A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society demonstrated that independently living older people who had pets tended to have better physical health and mental wellbeing than those that did not

The company and the joy of owning a pet are incalculable and the benefits extraordinary. I recently met an 89-year-old man who was given a pair of Alpacas by his daughter for his Birthday!! OK, this is not your average pet however every day he would go out in his wheelchair to spend time with them.

At 80 Am I Too Old to Get a New Pet?

Numerous studies prove the benefits of Pet Ownership with dementia and Alzheimer patients. Therefore even if your partner or parent has these diseases there is still good reason to get an animal.Act11 Pets and Your Parents

It has been proven that animals reduce agitation and stress and calm individuals. Take a look at Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for the Disabled and Guide Dogs Scotland. They are partnered to train dogs specifically to help Alzheimer patients.

Animals are so forgiving and give love unconditionally. This is one of the reasons we love our Pets so much. A person with Alzheimer’s’ appreciates this even more as the Pet accepts, loves and provides company and a distraction.

  • Pensioners that own a dog visit their doctors 21 % less than non-dog owners.
  • Pets reduce blood pressure, heart rate and stress
  • Pets increase owners’ activity levels
  • Pets reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. Read more here

At 80 Am I Too Old to Get a New Pet?

Animals Love Unconditionally

We care as much for our pets as they do for us. They become our best friends and when nobody else understands us it is so good to have a ‘special friend that does’.

Act11 Pets and Your ParentsPets to an ageing couple can provide a renewed sense of life and give purpose to the everyday. There is something else to care for and think about and someone to talk to and love.

The Alzheimer patient feels more relaxed and happier having a Pet around. The partner that is healthy enjoys the company and lightness of the interaction with the Pet.

Pet ownership offers structure to the day.  The Pet is a focus and needs care. The Pet encourages physical activity and a reason to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.  

At 80 Am I Too Old to Get a New Pet?

Pet Ownership Provides Purpose

Having worked with Alzheimer patients who already have dogs I have witnessed untold benefits. The animal provides a focus, someone to think about and offers a sense of continuity.

Yes, of course, there can be problems with overfeeding the dog or forgetting to feed the dog and in these circumstances, there needs to be a carer in place.

Act11 Pets and Your ParentsRecently I helped a gentleman of 97 who had two small dogs and these animals were his world, they gave him a reason to wake up. Every morning they were the first thing on his mind.

He walked them at least twice a day and talked to them and about them continuously, without them his world would have been empty.

The oldest dog was 15 so he would have originally got the dog at the age of 82!! This gentleman is fit and healthy and isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
Animals tend to love the elderly and have an inbuilt protection of them, the animal almost knows he/she is in charge and will safeguard the person to the best of his/her ability.

Measuring the Benefits Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons – IFA’s new report
In conclusion its a yes from me with the one proviso. Should anything happen there is always a place and someone to look after and care for the animal.

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This was written whilst caring for an elderly person and the journey prompted the writing of the book ‘Any Age Gap Year – The Complete Guide to ‘Live in Care’ in the UK, you can find more details here https://www.mysixtypluslife.com/any-age-gap-year-the-complete-guide-to-becoming-a-live-in-care-in-the-uk/

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