September 03, 2013 - A LONLINESS ANTIDOTE
According to the Administration on Aging, there will be a significant increase in the number of elderly people living alone. By the year 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau is projecting a population of approximately 218,000 people age 65 and above in the State of New Hampshire living alone or with little family support.
Did you know that owning a pet has so many health benefits to include decreased blood pressure, decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and markedly decreased feelings of depression and lonliness? Owning and caring for a pet will reward you in so many ways, such as daily exercise, increased socialization, a daily abundance of love, and feelings of security and protection. You’ll notice that having an animal companion is also a PEOPLE MAGNET.
Did you also know that there are just as many older pets in our local shelters just waiting to be adopted by you? Many were put there because someone didn’t want to care for an OLDER dog or cat. They can be lonely and depressed too.
Some of our local shelters, such as the Humane Society of Greater Nashua , the Bedford Animal Rescue League, and many other shelters and rescue groups in the region are willing to work with you to provide you with the right animal companion you so much deserve. They can also work with you to support the care you’ll need to give your animal companion. Many of our Assisted Living Facilities and independent residential multiunit homes for the elderly are seeing the health benefits for all seniors who care for animal companions and are changing their policies to allow pets in designated areas of the facilities. An example of one in Nashua is The Huntington.
It is a WIN-WIN situation for you, your adopted animal companion, and rescue leagues all across the region. We all need to feel loved, needed, and supported in our daily lives. Let’s start with an animal companion by our side.
From the desk of Officer Jane Constant
Senior Relations Division
Nashua Police Department
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