Pet Love Makes a Difference for Caregivers and Older Adults!

Hello Caregiving Doctor.  My mom is 88 years-old and owns a pet.  She loves her cat of 13 years.  I think it is time to get rid of her because pets are so much work.  What do you think?

Answer:  I think that as long as your parent can care for her pet, she should.  Pets become a part of the family! Especially for older adults, they are great companions.  You can always hire someone to help clean up and shop for her pet.  Pets also prevent a lot of loneliness and can add comfort to others.  Having something to love and care for probably keeps one sharp and engaged in life, as well as active.  Just be careful about walking safety and balance issues.


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