By Cassie Brewer (see below for more information)
It’s been almost 500 years since Ponce de Leon went on a journey seeking the fountain of youth and instead discovered Florida. It’s really ironic when you think about it since this is a place that many retirees having been calling home for decades.
Another similarity you’ll see with those enjoying their golden years is many of them with a companion animal, often one of a variety of many different types of smaller breed dogs. Which begs the question, does pet ownership slow the aging process?
Well, the short answer to this question is yes, depending upon different circumstances of course. For years now, many different studies have shown how pet ownership can help to lower blood pressure, aid with depression, reduce stress and other ailments that can rob of us from some of the many years we have here on the planet.
Heart Healthy. Following the facts about how having pets reduces heart rates, decreases blood pressure and lowers cholesterol levels, if you’ve already had a cardiac event, statistics show you’ll live longer if you have a companion animal at your side. And heart health isn’t restricted to just canines since cat owners show a decreased risk for stroke, heart attacks and other types of cardiovascular diseases compared to those without a pet.
Having A Purpose. Being at the feisty side of fifty myself, my mother is well into her eighties and sometimes I wonder at her sheer stamina, energy and enthusiasm (at least I know where I get it from). Aside from her many hobbies, a huge circle of friends, a full social calendar, arts and crafts, she also has a wee, little dog. Although small in stature, this tiny canine needs to be fed, walked, groomed, held and loved. Happily given and accepted, this is another way my Mom has a sense of purpose in her life.
Fighting Depression. As we age, some of us can fall into a depressive stage, whether it’s clinical or simply a case of the blues. We may have lost a life partner, a number of our friends and similar to the previous topic, we can’t stay in bed all day when we have someone else that needs our love, care and attention.
Stimulation. Pets also give humans the need for more mental and physical stimulation. Again, similar to above, sometimes we don’t feel like taking a walk or being physically active, but a dog holding a toy or bringing us a leash peaks our interest level and literally begs for our attention.
Connection. Animals are a natural attractant and breed a connection with others. Whether it’s a neighbor stopping to see hello when we’re out for a walk or joining a group of other pet lovers at a dog park. These are just a couple of ways that pets allow for more interaction with others.
While some of these aren’t necessarily clinical reasons that pets allow us to live longer and healthier lives, but they sure do make our life more pleasant. If those that laugh last, laugh best, then those who have pet live longer and happier lives.
This guest post was graciously written by make-up professional, Cassie Brewer. Cassie lives in Southern California and, in her free time, enjoys writing about her passion (make-up of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping others be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at cassiebrewer.weebly.com and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer