The Benefits of Cats for Elders

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Elder Care Bartlett TN

Elder Care Bartlett TN

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and is the perfect time to make the decision to get an elderly loved one a pet that can be loving, yet fiercely independent. Not only do felines provide constant companionship, but there are also health benefits that come with owning a cat. A study was done at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia that determined out of 5,741 people, pet owners had lower blood pressures, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels than those who did not own a pet.

If your aging loved one is receiving elder care and could use a furry companion, here are just a few reasons why a cat should be at the top of your list.

Cats increase happiness levels
Seniors who receive elder care services may struggle with feelings of loneliness and isolation, especially when a major change is taking place in their life, such as the loss of a spouse or friend. Pets can offer unconditional love, as well as responsibility and purpose. Having a cat in the house will give your loved one something to take care of, which many elders have not had since their children were living at home.

They are good for your health
As I mentioned earlier, cats can do wonderful things for your health. For starters, they require older adults to get up and get moving because these animals constantly need their litter box changed and to be given plenty of water and food. If your loved one has arthritis or another ailment that requires assistance from a senior care aid, no need to worry about doing strenuous exercises or walking that would be required for a dog. Cats do not need to be constantly walked and are often content to be staying indoors.

Requires less training and care
Dogs require training, exercise, and care that many elders are not able to provide. Cats enjoy napping indoors, getting pet by their owners, or making their own entertainment. These animals do not require the constant playing that is required for a dog. According to the American Humane Association, only 20 to 30 minutes of playtime per day is required.

Pets can be a wonderful addition to any home, especially for older adults receiving elderly care. However, if you are looking for furry companion for a loved one that requires minimal care and training, yet will also boost their mood and give their life a whole new purpose, consider getting them a cat.

For in-home Elder Care in Bartlett TN, please contact the caring staff at Personal Care Services MidSouth today! 


About Walter Black

Born and raised in Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Industrial Engineering, and from Angelo State University’s School of Business with his MBA. Walter has worked in the senior market for nearly 15 years and has obtained the distinguish honor of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, an organization committed to providing ongoing and meaningful support to Seniors addressing their health, financial, and social issues. Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency. With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama. The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.
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