While it is reported that up to 16% of people aged 65 or over report feeling lonely all or most of the time, 44% of people who have vision loss report feeling lonely all or most of the time.
Their research included more than 200 patients in Dr. Fletcher’s Low Vision practice. They found that 59% of all participants felt that owning a pet was very helpful, reduced their feelings of loneliness and even become trusted listeners with or without human companionship.
“Since animals, particularly dogs, love going for walks, they can also encourage their owners to get out into the world and provide opportunities for socialization,” Fletcher stated. “Our pets can be ever-present companions. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Having a trusted animal means you are never alone.”