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Three Ways Pets Can Benefit Seniors With Memory Loss

August 24th, 2017

Memory loss can be difficult for a loved one to deal with. Pets can actually help your loved one feel more like himself or herself again. Here are three interesting ways a pet can benefit seniors struggling with memory loss.

Improved Physical Health

Depending on the type of pet your loved one has, they can easily benefit from the physical aspect of being a pet owner. Being exposed to animals offers an abundance of physical health benefits. Some common health advantages to pets include:

  • Exercise: A pet will need exercise, therefore your loved one will get exercise too
  • Heart Health: Interaction with pets can lower blood pressure and the release of endorphins, resulting in a decreased chance of heart disease
  • Routines: Caring for a pet is a lot of work, so your loved one will need to form a routine to better serve for himself or herself as well as their pet

Boost Emotional Well-Being

Seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss can often feel lonely and depressed. Not being able to communicate or do things on their own can cause negative feelings. A pet can help seniors with memory loss in the following ways:

  • Decrease feelings of loneliness from lack of companionship
  • Invoke the feeling of being loved and accepted
  • Relieve depression by interacting with a pet

Increased Social Involvement

Pets can be a conversation starter. For seniors who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss, social interactions can be difficult. Having a pet can be a great way to get your loved one interacting again. Here are a few ways pets can help:

  • Exercising out of the house means your loved one will be around more people
  • Getting out more can increase interest in activities and clubs
  • Being around animals can help to make them more lucid and give them a greater ability to communicate with others again

StoryPoint’s Memory Loss Services Benefits Your Loved One and Their Pet

StoryPoint Senior Living is the home of communities throughout the Midwest, with services available for every level of need. Your loved one and his or her pet can feel right at home and receive the services needed. Schedule a tour or give us a call at 1-844-40-STORY to speak with a Community Specialist about all of the options and amenities available.