Are you lonesome? Would you like to have one more shot at having a four-footed friend in your life? It isn’t too late. You may not feel you can deal with the responsibility and hard work associated with adopting a puppy or a kitten, but please consider inviting a “senior pet” into your home. A senior pet for a senior person. It doesn’t get any better than that. It’s a well know fact that pet ownership is good for you. People who have pets are healthier and happier, and whether you think so or not, they really are nicer people. Don’t spend another minute alone. Someone out there needs you as much as you need them. Think about it: A senior pet will already be trained, and they will not chew or scratch or make demands that you can’t meet. Welcome a pet who will be perfectly happy to snuggle in your lap or settle for a leisurely stroll around the block. That doesn’t sound too hard does it? Don’t let your age deter you. Unless you adopt a parrot, the chances that you will outlive your pet are still pretty good. The odds increase if you consider that contact with animals is known to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and tension, and even prolong life. Check with your state Division on Aging for special deals on foods and veterinary services for seniors with pets. The rest is easy; treat your senior pet the same way you would like to be treated yourself. • Give them loads of TLC (that’s tender loving care). • Remember that pets get arthritis too. Keep them warm in winter and splurge on a nice orthopedic bed, joint supplements, and good food. • Incontinence can plague anyone. Consider medications, judicious use of pee pads, or britches like the kind people wear. • Mobility issues. Make life easier on those with tender joints. A pet step, raised food and water bowls, gentle walks, or a carrier or pram for trips to the park. The best friends are old friends. Adopting a senior pet will keep you young and make you a better person.