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Benefits of Pet Ownership during Retirement

Posted by David Ghiorso, CPA, May 13, 2016

If you are an “empty nester” and you have found that the house seems quieter than normal, then you should consider the benefits of getting a pet to keep you company. In fact, researchers have found that pet ownership can actually improve your quality of life. These are a few of the benefits that you can expect from pet ownership:

Companionship at Home

Instead of experiencing loneliness when you are at home, you will have the benefit of always having a companion by your side. The animal will love you unconditionally, and keep you company throughout the day. Pets can be a great way to fill the space when the house is empty without the kids around.

Responsibility and Routine

Many retirees often find that they have a hard time with a daily routine, especially when they don’t have structured activities or responsibilities each day. Pet ownership creates responsibility and something to work around each day. For example, if you have a dog then you can create the habit to feed the pet at certain times, walk the dog every morning, and play catch in the backyard in the afternoon. Figure out what works for you, and stick with the schedule.

Movement and Exercise

Having a pet often helps to increase physical activity, especially if you have a dog that needs to be walked. These physical activities are beneficial to keep your animal healthy, and your own health will benefit at the same time. Walking the dog around the block will boost your energy, improve your mood, reduce stress, and help you to maintain a healthy weight.

Safety and Protection

Are you worried about keeping your home safe? A dog can deter burglars, and the warning barks can keep you informed if anyone is outside. This protection gives many people the peace of mind to sleep better at night.

In addition to pet ownership, there are other simple daily habits that can support your health during retirement. The foundation to maintaining good health is to ensure that you visit with your doctor regularly. Make sure that you have a high quality insurance plan to cover these costs. Contact us today for more information about the coverage that is right for you.

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