7 Ways Having A Pet Keeps You Young
By Helen Anne Travis
When Dr. Laurie Hess’ grandfather was 92, she adopted a cat for him from the local animal shelter. Her grandfather was a widower. Many of his friends had already passed. While he had lost his eyesight due to macular degeneration, he was fit as a fiddle mentally.
Everyone told her she was crazy. But she knew the cat would bring him so much joy in his final years.
She was right.
“He loved this animal so much,” says Dr. Hess, a board certified avian veterinarian and author of “Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor.”
In addition to being great company, having a pet can benefit our mental and physical health, especially as we get older, says Dr. Joseph Mosquera, a New Jersey physician and medical contributor to Univision, Telemundo, and CNN. “I’m a huge supporter of pets for the elderly,” he says.
Here are seven ways pets can help keep you youthful and happy as you age.