the european pet food industry

Benefits for the elderly

Companionship and support

The benefits of pet ownership to the elderly are enormous. They can vary from simple but invaluable companionship, to a positive link between the owner and the outside world.

Studies into pets and elderly people have revealed the importance of shared companionship and responsibility. For pet-owning elderly persons, particularly those living alone, it is an answer to the monotony and loneliness, which might otherwise shadow their lives.

It is not only the elderly, though; who owe so much to the presence of pets. Psychiatrists willingly prescribe the adoption of a pet to combat depression, inactivity, neurosis and stress.

 

Scientific Studies

In the case of elderly people suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other dementia-related syndromes, the presence of pets, and particularly cats, could bring a potential benefit. This was underlined in a research "Cats in psychogeriatric nursing homes": a blessing for residents, caregivers and cats", Marie-José Enders-Slegers (University of Utrecht, Netherlands)

A nation-wide study led in France among retirement homes showed that the presence of an animal has a positive impact on residents. The most frequently mentioned qualities are affection (92 %), keeping guard (72 %), mobility (57 %). Ref : "Animals in Old Peoples' homes as a Symbol of Quality of Life" (Pascal Champvert, president ADEIIPA).