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Benefits of Owning a Pet

For many women in the community, the benefits of owning a pet after 60 outweigh the costs. Find out how owning a cat or a dog could help you to get in better shape, make friends and even live longer.

Hero Dogs Need a Place to Retire. We Need Love. It’s a Match Made in Heaven!
1 month ago

Hero Dogs Need a Place to Retire. We Need Love. It’s a Match Made in Heaven!

Here at Sixty and Me, we know just how much living with an animal can improve your life, and we’ve written before about the benefits of owning a pet as an older adult. Many people choose to buy their animal from a breeder, but there are plenty of other ways to adopt deserving pets. Read More

Cats vs. Dogs – What’s the Best Pet for Seniors?
2 months ago

Cats vs. Dogs – What’s the Best Pet for Seniors?

By now, it’s pretty clear that the evidence shows that having a pet is a great idea for many seniors.

Beyond the “soft” benefits of owning a pet – like unconditional love and emotional support – animals can be great for your health. For example, according to this study, owning a pet may significantly reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Read More

5 Essential Tips for Traveling with Pets
3 months ago

5 Essential Tips for Traveling with Pets

By  •  Travel

When we are planning a vacation, or any kind of trip for that matter, we typically plan for all sorts of situations.

What clothes do we need to include for everything we want to do? What snacks do we want to keep within our grasp? Do we have enough of our prescription medications for the entire time we will be away? The list goes on. Read More

Puppy Love: How Adopting a Dog Can Bring Joy to Women Over 60
7 months ago

Puppy Love: How Adopting a Dog Can Bring Joy to Women Over 60

By  •  Mindset

“I said I’d take a dog, but I’m not sure I want that one.” “He’s a real sweetheart,” Brittany, a staff member, assured me. He was big with the smushed-in face of a bulldog, but the height of a boxer. He had a barrel chest, and his front legs were shorter than the back ones making his back bow in the middle. Truth is I was a little afraid of him. Read More

Volunteering with Guide Dogs: Give Back and Make New Friends
10 months ago

Volunteering with Guide Dogs: Give Back and Make New Friends

As retirement approaches, the opportunities to embark on voluntary work become increasingly appealing.

But what to do? If you are not going to get paid, it has to be something you enjoy, something you feel passionate about and, hopefully, something that will give you a new perspective on life. Read More

What Are the Benefits of Owning a Dog After 60?
1 year ago

What Are the Benefits of Owning a Dog After 60?

As many of us have learned the hard way, life after 60 can be a bit lonely. This is especially true if, like me, you have made the choice to live by yourself. Read More

6 Ways that Having a Pet Can Improve Your Life After 60
1 year ago

6 Ways that Having a Pet Can Improve Your Life After 60

I’m a cat person. I’ve always had a cat and can’t image my home without one. My cat isn’t my pet, it’s a member of my family. I love coming home and having my boy run up to greet me, rubbing against my legs and looking up at me with his big wide eyes that say he missed me. No matter how difficult my day has been, I forget it all about it when I see his eager face. Read More

This Retirement Home for Dogs Will Renew Your Faith in Humanity
1 year ago

This Retirement Home for Dogs Will Renew Your Faith in Humanity

I’ve always been an animal lover. For most of my life, my family has had dogs, cats, mice and an assortment of other creatures, common and exotic. Now, as a single woman in her 60s, I often consider getting a new dog. I imagine playing with her in the park. Read More

What’s the Purrfect Pet for Boomers? Are You a Cat Person or a Dog Person?
2 years ago

What’s the Purrfect Pet for Boomers? Are You a Cat Person or a Dog Person?

Over the course of our lives, most of us have had our fair share of pets. At times, my house felt like a petting zoo, with dogs cats and birds all crying for my attention. So, while I was completely heartbroken when my last little Chihuahua died, I also felt a weight lift from my shoulders. With my kids building their own lives and no animals to look after, I could finally explore the world. Read More

What Are the Benefits of Having a Pet After 60? You Might be Surprised
3 years ago

What Are the Benefits of Having a Pet After 60? You Might be Surprised

I never thought much about the benefits of having a pet until my little Chihuahua, Chica, died. She was the most wonderful little dog. She used to pull books off the shelf for me when I had something on my mind. Her selections were surprisingly relevant, although I wasn’t too keen on the bite marks. She kept me company, gave me plenty of exercise and gave me someone to talk to when my family wasn’t around. Read More