Updated: Dec 19, 2020
published by A PLACE FOR MOM
One in three seniors are lonely according to data from the latest National Poll on Healthy Aging. While loneliness may be a normal part of the aging process for many seniors, studies show that chronic loneliness has the potential to negatively impact health, including an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, depression and early death.
For family and caregivers, it can be hard to watch a loved one battle the challenges of loneliness as they age. But there are many ways to help lonely seniors overcome social isolation and instill a sense of companionship and emotional connection.
One proven way to battle the blues is through interaction with animals. It’s no secret that pets can provide unconditional love – they also help seniors maintain a happy, balanced life.
In fact, in a study of pet owners ages 50 to 80:
88% said their pets help them enjoy life.
86% said their pets make them feel loved.
79% said their pets help reduce stress.