Seniors And Pets-Advice For A Great Relationship

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One of the most heartbreaking downsides to aging is a growing sense of loneliness. People retire from their jobs, which causes the loss of a significant social center, and as they grow older, they watch as their peers pass away or move on to other parts of the world. Families grow, but they also become more splintered as sons and daughters take on the responsibilities of raising their own families, leaving less time to spend with the older generation. This is simply a fact of life in our society, but many seniors have been able to find meaningful companionship – and often an entirely new lease on life – through pet ownership.

Are you caring for a loved one who seems to be suffering from loneliness or a lack of companionship? Getting a pet is a wonderful idea! However, it’s important to follow some crucial pieces of advice to ensure that the relationship is beneficial for all involved.

Choosing the Right Animal

When selecting a pet, it’s important to choose a companion that meshes well with your aging loved one and their lifestyle. Are they physically active and outgoing? Perhaps a high-energy dog breed is most appropriate. Do they prefer quiet time without the need for constant affection? Cats are good for that! The point is to spend some time evaluating your loved one’s needs before making them responsible for the life of a pet.

Consider an Older Pet

On the subject of choosing the proper pet for your loved one, it might be a good idea to investigate the possibility of acquiring an older (more than seven years old) pet to ensure a better fit. As it turns out, high-energy puppies and kittens aren’t always the ideal choice, so these older animals represent a wonderful option. There may even be organizations in your community that match older pets with seniors. Seniors and Pets – Advice for a Great RelationshipDo some investigating, and you could find the perfect pet for Mom or Dad!

Setting a Routine

Once a pet has been added to the family, establishing a routine is critical. Pets need to be fed and given water regularly. They also need exercise and play time, but they can’t do it by themselves. Make sure your senior loved one is ready for the routine and understands the needs of their new companion. A routine might seem daunting at first, but the structure that’s provided through the day-to-day care of a pet is often a huge benefit for seniors.

By Mike Lumbrazo

 

David Baim, Owner, Always Best Care Senior Services, Plymouth Meeting, PA (267) 217-7059 dbaim@abc-seniors.com

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8 Amazing Activities Seniors and Kids Can Do Together


The holiday season has come and gone, and the calendar that was once so full of events and activity has become empty. For seniors, this can be a lonely time. However, it’s also a tough time for kids who have just experienced the magical wonder of family time during the holidays, but now have to go back to their own daily routines.

Thankfully, these two groups (seniors and kids) have more in common than most people might think. With that in mind, here is a list of activities that members of the elderly population can enjoy with their younger counterparts:

#1 – Arts & Crafts Projects
Crafting is cool! Just take a look at Pinterest or perform a Google search to find some amazing projects that can help aging individuals connect with their more youthful friends and family members.

#2 – Baking and Cooking
Everybody loves to eat, and working together to prepare some simple recipes is a wonderful way for seniors to exchange wisdom with their grandchildren.

#3 – Enjoy Nature
Regardless of age, spending time in nature is one of the most healthy things a person can do. Short walks in the woods are perfect for seniors and ideal for children who might get bored or restless during longer periods of time spent outdoors.

#4 – Playing Games
Playing games together is lots of fun for both seniors and kids. Today, people can choose classic board games, or kids can introduce their grandparents to simple puzzles and games that can be played on smartphones or tablets. The possibilities are limitless!

#5 – Reading Together
Story time isn’t just for those under the age of five or six. Everybody loves stories, and when they’re shared between seniors and children, some real magic happens!

#6 – Playing Music
8 Amazing Activities Seniors and Kids Can Do TogetherSitting down together at the piano to play a simple song or two is a great way for seniors and youngsters to share time together. Music opens up the heart and the brain, plus it’s a language that brings people together, regardless of generation.

#7 – Look at (and Talk About) Family Photos
Looking at pictures can make the time fly, but it’s also a great avenue through which seniors can pass down their wisdom — and memories — to the younger generation.

#8 – Just Be Together
Sometimes it’s perfectly okay to simply sit and be together. Seniors and children are more alike than they are different, and a lot can be shared by just spending quiet time in the same space. Through this practice, children can learn the value of patience and contemplation while seniors get a chance to see the future before it has a chance to grow up.

Active, Happy Seniors with Always Best Care

 

by Michael Lumbrazo

 

Contact David Baim, Always Best Care Senior Services of Plymouth Meeting, PA
(267) 217-7059

 

 

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