The Golden Years: 

 Pets Fill Our Hearts with Joy                             

                                                                                                                                                     By: Deena Imbriglia, Home Instead Senior Care


The warmth and unconditional love of a pet is a therapy for us all – priceless and unmatched..  As we age, that beloved pet becomes even more of a focus to our daily lives – and to our health and emotions. The tactile and constant love of a pet offers a replacement that so many seniors need when little or no family remains regular in their lives.

Did you know that a strong attachment to a pet is associated with less depression among seniors? It is often coupled with less fatigue, tension and confusion as well. There is a strong connection between heart health and pet ownership which is also why animal-assisted therapy has become so popular. Senior pet owners are more likely to get more exercise leading to lower blood pressure and stress levels. And these furry companions can help individuals feel more focused and positive in their daily living.

Our pets provide a wonderful source to channel a sense of responsibility and our affection. To many, they can literally be that reason for being; that heart string connection with a mutual need and devotion. When family and even friends are scarce, a warm furry friend can be that comfort and unconditional love that we all need.  Our beloved pets don’t ask–they don’t wait – they just fill our hearts with joy!!

 Home Instead Senior Care
7058 Columbia Pike

Annandale, VA  22003
703-740-6644   .
(In the Annandale Shopping Center

at Gallows Road)

ABOUT:  Home Instead is the largest provider of Home Care services with locations across the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Our local Southern Fairfax County franchise is the largest in Virginia and has an outstanding reputation in serving our community for over 15 years. 

Our Team works closely to schedule and provide services from companion care, light housekeeping, laundry, organizing closets, changing bed linens, transportation, watering plants, cooking, and preparing meals to physical assistance such as helping you to walk, groom, shower, dress, use the restroom or change incontinent products, assist in feeding, provide medication reminders, and some nursing services.   

We find it a privilege to enhance and support our community members who need assistance, whether it is for 4 hours a couple times a week, or around the clock care.   We are located next to Silverado Restaurant at 7058 Columbia Pike in Annandale and can be reached 24 hours a day

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