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I Feel So Alone
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
About 6 months ago my spouse passed away after a lengthy illness where I was the main caregiver. I now find that my days often feel lonely and empty.
What can you suggest to help me keep from being so lonely?
often, continued grief is caused by loneliness, which is a common
occurrence when you lose your spouse. We've been used to living with
and caring for someone, now that part of our life is over.
doesn't need to be. A pet can be a great companion and comfort when
living alone. Just be sure you are getting the right pet for yourself.
A large dog is not appropriate for apartment living, for you or the
dog. If living in your own home, but don´t have a fenced yard, you
would be better off with a cat rather than a dog.
you have breathing problems, don't consider birds for a pet, they are
often considered a cause of this problem. Consider an older animal. A
mature animal is likely to be calmer, which may be a good fit for a
senior. Check out your local Humane Society, animal shelter or Purebred
Rescue group for wonderful, loving and more mature companions.
There’s no question that pet adoption can be good for some seniors. The benefits are well-documented:
Lower blood pressure
Reduced cardiovascular disease
Reduced feelings of stress
Lower cholesterol levels
improved overall health means fewer doctor appointments
Increased sense of responsibility and alertness
Reduced sense of loneliness
Increased activity during the day
pets can't replace human relationships for seniors, they can certainly
augment them, and they can fill an older person's life with years of
constant, unconditional love.