Loneliness is something that affects a lot of senior citizens, particularly in 2020. Fortunately, robotic pets have now been developed that can fight this, providing elderly people with a loyal companion that’s easier to care for than the real thing.
Too Much Hassle
According to UCLA Health, petting animals is actually good for you. It reportedly releases hormones like serotonin and prolactin, which can help lift your mood and relax you. Of course, while this might be the case, you can’t get a pet on this basis alone. Most house animals require a lot of care and attention, something that senior citizens can’t necessarily provide on a regular basis. Thankfully, these new robotic pets don’t require so much dedication.
Designed For Them
Ageless Innovation has designed Joy For All Companion Pets, a line of robotic animals made specifically for senior citizens. The technology in these toys is advanced enough to respond to sound, light, and touch, giving them an authentic feel without the need for constant attention. The hope is that these companions will be able to help those feeling isolated and stressed, because having a pet can do wonders for your mental health.
A Range Of Benefits
It seems these animals can do more than just give a senior citizen some company. One residential home in New York apparently uses these pets in favor of other substances for those suffering from dementia. They provide comfort and calm to those who get agitated in their confusion, thereby making their lives easier.
Also, as the CEO of the nursing home pointed out, the robotic animals are great for boosting the residents’ self-esteem too. That’s because having these pets gives them back some control. They have a chance to be a caregiver to someone else again, rather than it always being the other way around.
These robotic pets sound like an excellent invention for senior citizens, especially in a year like 2020.