There are many people that benefit from the unconditional love of a pet; none more than the elderly. So many tests have been conducted proving that blood pressure is lowered in the presence of a dog or cat. Also, people are calmer and have a better outlook on life. When elders have another life to consider, they generally just have a better outlook on life altogether.
Besides, pets sit on your lap, they give kisses and they know exactly when something is bothering you. They are there to provide companionship and let’s face it, sometimes they are the only ones that are there. Elders get lonely but when they have a pet present to love, they are much happier.
The argument that many family members give is that it takes a lot to take care of a pet and if the elder lives alone, then it is tricky for them. That is where a caregiver comes into play. There is really nothing to letting a dog out or giving them some kibble or water in their bowls. As far as cats, these animals are quite self-sufficient; giving them some food daily is not too tough and a litter box is easy to maintain if cleaned up daily.
Overall, it is really no trouble to take of an extra living being. After all, With Age Comes Respect, so I am willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure that my clients are happy!