Here are 10 reasons why

  1. Companionship. Loneliness can become an unwelcome companion as we age and can lead to depression as well as physical problems.
  2. Having a routine. The routine of caring for a pet can bring structure and purpose to daily life.
  3. Exercise. People benefit from regular physical exercise regardless of their age.
  4. Less stress. Older people with pets tend to exhibit less stress than those without.
  5. Getting out. Having a pet, particularly one that requires regular outdoor activity, helps you stay connected to life
  6. Making new friends. It can be hard to meet new people, but pets are great icebreakers.
  7. New interests. A pet can expose you to new interests and activities.
  8. Protection. A dog can provide significant security.
  9. Taking care of something.
  10. Investing in life. At the end of the day, having a pet means that you have made a promise to continue being involved in another life. This commitment is one of the most positive decisions you can make as you get older.