3 Reasons You Should Adopt a Dog When You Hit 50

  • 08/01/2018

The Love That Cures: 3 Reasons You Should Adopt a Dog When You Hit 50

It’s true what they say about a dog being man’s best friend. Our furry, slobbery, and energetic pals can brighten our day and instantly improve our mood. However, their friendship doesn’t end there. Dogs provide great health benefits for people over the age of 50. Check out some of the ways that Fido can help you or your loved one stay healthy, fit, and happy longer.

A Comfort System That Improves Our Mood

Adults in their 50s are more likely than any other age group to suffer from depression. However, pets are a great comfort system that creates chemical reactions in our brain that ultimately improve our mood. Simply petting a dog releases many “feel good hormones” such as serotonin, oxytocin, and prolactin. It also decreases our levels of the stress hormone cortisol, allowing for us to feel more relaxed and less depressed. A decrease in stress can also lead to reduced blood pressure.

Structure That Protects Our Mind

47,744 people were living with dementia in Ireland as of 2014. This number is steadily growing and affects more of us as we age. However, research has shown that owning a dog can create an elderly friendly home by reducing the risk of dementia and minimizing symptoms in dementia patients. One of the main reasons is because dogs provide a sense of structure and routine our life. They need to be fed and walked at a certain time of the day. This organization can help trigger memories and create shields for our brains to fight against the negative symptoms of dementia.

Increased Health and Less Trips to the Doctor

Dog owners over the age of 50 take fewer trips to the doctor than seniors without dogs. Studies have shown that dogs lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of cardiovascular incidents such as heart attacks and strokes by 40 percent. Dogs can also improve immunity and prevent allergies. One study found that households with pets called in sick fewer days out of the year than those without pets. Dogs can also reduce the risk of death among their owners by 11 percent. So, with a new friend in the home, you can decrease your number of hospital visits and improve your overall health.

Dogs provide many health benefits for people over the age of 50 and can help us live longer, happier, and healthier lives. However, it is important that you pick the right pet for you or your loved one. Be sure your dog has the right energy level and age to fit your lifestyle.

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