A new study suggests that animal interaction can reduce feelings of loneliness and depressions among older adults.
The study, conducted by Home Instead Senior Care, found that pets offer many benefits to older adults, including a sense of unconditional love, stress relief, sense of purpose, exercise, and company and comfort.
“Pets play a meaningful role in our lives at any age, but can be especially beneficial for older adults by providing constant friendship, easing anxiety and encouraging daily exercise and engagement.”
— Lakelyn Hogan, Gerontologist, Home Instead Senior Care
The results also suggest that pets don’t have to be owned for older adults to receive benefits. Those who interacted with pets owned by friends, family, and neighbors also reported similar benefits.