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Pets can be a lifeline for the elderly, giving them a purpose and helping to benefit their mental and physical health and can also help combat loneliness.
But for those seniors living alone and diagnosed with serious illnesses or worse, they can sometimes worry about their pets more than themselves.
The worry of who will take care of their furry family member while they’re in hospital or after they’ve gone can be overwhelming.
Now an organization aims to help those seniors banish these worries so they can concentrate on getting themselves healthy again.
Pets help people with anxiety
Pet Peace of Mind ensures these important creatures are not overlooked by family members and not forgotten when their pet parent is unable to care for them.
“I know of countless patients who have said that their pet is their lifeline. Pets are great medicine for coping with the anxiety the comes from dealing with a serious medical condition,” Pet Peace of Mind president Dianne McGill said.
“For many patients, keeping their pets near them during the end of life journey and finding homes for their beloved pets after they pass is one of the most important pieces of unfinished business.”