Experts say, owning or adopting a pet tends to help reduce stress and can be therapeutically healing, for example by lowering blood pressure while providing physical wellbeing, particularly walking those dogs on a Sunday morning! Many of us have found companionship over the years by looking after a pet with more opportunities for social interaction and going outside on a regular basis. Share with us your pet stories and what it means to you to have that special friend you can rely on.
We totally understand here at Age Concern Colchester how pets can help combat loneliness in later life. April is National Pet month from 1 April to 7 May which is a celebration of what it is to own a pet. If you want any top tips or information about keeping a pet, the Awareness website is a good place to start: https://www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk