Companion animals can do wonders for people, especially older adults. Living with a pet can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation as well as lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress. However, the increased costs of owning an animal may discourage seniors on a fixed income from considering a furry companion. We can help our senior citizens by requesting animal shelters to waive adoption fees (potentially of “senior”, less adoptable, pets), requesting that veterinarians lower their fees for seniors and incorporating resident pets in senior facilities.
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