Help a Senior Find a Pet Connection
Many older adults find that pets provide companionship and love, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness. Learn how you can help a senior connect with a pet, even if they don't have one.
According to a study conducted by Home Instead, Inc., 82% of seniors surveyed reported the top benefit of owning a pet is “the company” or companionship it provides. While not all seniors are able to or want to have pets of their own, they still could benefit from pet interactions.
5 Tips to Help a Senior Make a Pet Connection
- Bring your well-behaved pet to visit a senior friend or relative.
- Visit the dog park together.
- Ask them to join you when you walk your dog.
- Go to an animal rescue with a senior and explore volunteer opportunities.
- Take this quiz for seniors together, “Who’s Your Pet Pal?”, to explore how your senior loved one can bring animal companionship into their life.
What will you do to help a senior make a pet connection this week?
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