Pets, mental health & wellbeing
The companionship that a pet offers is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress. A pet can be a great source of comfort, companionship and motivation for their owners. In many ways, pets can help us to live mentally healthier lives.
Pets and depression
Pets are also a great motivator for people. Dogs especially are great at encouraging their owners to get exercise, and this can be beneficial for those suffering from depression. Pets can also have calming effects on their owner. Just by stroking, sitting next to or playing with a pet can give their owner a chance to relax and calm their mind. Caring for a pet also gives a person purpose and reward, and a sense of achievement. It also helps them feel valuable and needed.
Pets and socialising
Walking a dog often leads to conversations with other dog owners and this helps owners to stay socially connected and less withdrawn. People who have more social relationships and friendships tend to be mentally healthier.
Pets and loneliness
A pet is great companion. They give their owners company, a sense of security and someone to share the routine of the day with. Pets can be especially valuable company for those in later life and living alone.
Pets and people in later life
People in later life experiencing typical life stresses can be comforted by a companion pet. It is thought that a dog can be a stress buffer that softens the effects of adverse events on a person. With an animal in the home, people with Alzheimer’s are thought to have fewer anxious outbursts.
Pets as Wellbeing (PAW) and EveryDay Wellbeing Centres
We recognise all of the above benefits which pets can bring to the lives of older people but sadly not everyone in later life is able to keep their own pet. Our Wellbeing Centres in North Tyneside now offer our customers the opportunity to interact with Pets As Wellbeing (PAW) ambassadors and even take them for small walks within the enclosed gardens.
To learn more about our Wellbeing Centres in North Tyneside https://www.everydayuk.org/wellbeing/
To learn more about activities taking place in North Tyneside to reduce loneliness https://mycare.northtyneside.gov.uk/web/portal/pages/home
To learn more about Pets As Therapy https://petsastherapy.org/
To learn more about keeping a dog after a dementia diagnosis https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/publications-and-factsheets/dementia-together-magazine/caring-dog
Why not give us a call to hear more about how our Wellbeing Centres can support you and your loved ones
Tel : 0191 2877028