Turning 50 in today’s world is nothing like it used to be. In fact, life expectancy didn’t hit 49 until the year 1900, so we’re part of a very new trend on earth when it comes to living and enjoying life past what used to be such an unachievable number.
However, just hitting the milestone isn’t enough for most people…you want to continue having the time of your life, and that means there’s always room for improvement, no matter what your age is. So when it comes to improving two of the most important and foundational parts of your life – your health and your happiness – you deserve something that’s going to make a big impact, without requiring you to sacrifice your time and energy.
The answer, in many cases, is to welcome a cat into your life.
Here’s how adopting a feline friend can change your life for the better.
No matter how gracefully we age, certain health conditions come with the territory. In many cases, these include high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which lead to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
But for those folks who have a kitty around the house, these health issues rarely show their ugly heads. Studies show that cat owners are 30% less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than people without cats, and also report much lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-cat people. In fact, studies have shown that cats can be more effective than drugs for preventing heart disease!
Along with these physical health issues, many people find loneliness and depression to become more prevalent as they age. But yet again, cats can come to the rescue. In studies conducted with senior citizens, owning a cat was found to be a way to ease loneliness and provide companionship. In some studies, having a kitty to visit with gave people the same level of satisfaction and happiness as would a visit from a spouse or close family member, as well as lessened the effects of mild to moderate depression.
So while you’re trying to eat right, exercise, and keep your mind sharp as you age, also consider adding a kitty to your life. For more ways cats improve our health and happiness check out the infographic by visiting Catological.
This guest post was graciously provided by Emily Parker of Catalogical.com.