Can Pets Improve Your Parent's Mental and Physical Health?

Can Pets Improve Your Parent's Mental and Physical Health?
Your parents are talking about a pet. Have you stopped to consider the benefits of owning a cat or dog? Perhaps a more exotic animal like a ferret or cockatiel is more to their liking. There are plenty of mental and physical benefits you may not realize.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Studies

NIH partnered with The WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition to take a closer look at the health benefits of pets. What's been found so far is surprising.

Studies found that pet owners have lower levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. One of the benefits of cortisol is that it helps the body function properly. When levels are consistently high, it increases inflammation within the cells, which increases the risk of diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Pets are also a good way for people to feel loved and comforted. If your mom or dad are frequently alone and feel lonely, a pet can change that. They have something depending on them, and that makes a difference when it comes to emotional and mental health.

Studies have found that pets can help lower blood pressure, increase exercise, and get people to follow a better schedule. If your parents have a dog that needs to go on daily walks, they're going to get up on time to let the dog out in the morning and take that dog for a walk once they're dressed and ready.

Pets are great, but they can become expensive. The costs of food, toys, supplies, and vet care add up. Home care is another way to make sure your mom and dad have someone to talk to and keep them company.

Home Care Also Provides Reliable Companionship

There's another way to make sure your parents are happy and healthy while they age. Hire home care aides to provide companionship. Your parents can rely on a caregiver to help them around the home with the things they can't do independently.

Don't let your parents struggle with daily activities of living. If you've noticed your mom's legs seem stiff when she stands up, ask her if she's okay. If she has arthritis, which is common as you age, she may find that having home care aides can help carry laundry baskets to the basement or do the laundry for her.

Home care also helps with transportation, meals, personal care, and more. Call an agency to learn more about home care services and pricing in your parents' area.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Draper, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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