A dog may be more than just a best friend – research is suggesting the importance of a pet as a means for treatment.
According to aarp.com, 62% of Americans own a pet for the companionship, love and affection that these animals afford them. While these benefits are great, numerous studies are reporting actual health benefits associated with owning a furry friend.
Here are a few ways in which pets can improve your health (aarp.com):
- Pets help recovery from heart attacks – A study from the National Institutes of Health found that dog owners had a higher survival rate after a heart attack, compared to those who did not own dogs.
- Pets help reduce stress…more so than humans do.
- Pet owners are less obese – Pet owners are more active, simply because they want their pets to stay active and healthy as well (i.e. more walks).
- Pet owners have better mobility as they age – Another National Institutes of Health study found that adults aged 71-82 who regularly walked their dogs were more mobile, compared to those who did not own pets.
- Pets can help with cholesterol – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that owning a pet can decrease cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
There are so many different pet options out there for everyone. If you are not a cat or dog person, try getting a fish or other small animal. At Home Care Assistance, we maintain our standing as best senior care in Central Ohio by encouraging our clients to continue activities that will be great for your health and happiness!