There are countless studies on the advantages of having pets through our senior years. Their care keeps us active and social, even preventing many illnesses caused by anxiety and stress. But if it’s emotional support you’re looking for, your best friend may not have fur, but feathers. Consider a bird for yourself or for a senior loved one!
Some breeds of birds are higher maintenance than others, so it’s not recommended that you take in a large one like a parrot or cockatoo. Undeniably magnificent creatures, they need considerable care, a great deal of space, can be annoyingly loud, and have a lifespan of anywhere from 10-30 years. These birds are not an investment many seniors need to undertake in this season of life.
The best options are a budgie (parakeet), canary, or zebra finch. Both the budgie and canary are known for their sociability and intelligence, which makes them fabulous roommates. They can be taught to talk, sing, and even whistle the Andy Griffith theme song! (Be careful with this one unless you REALLY love the Andy Griffith theme song!)
The zebra finch is an amusing smaller bird that thrives in the presence of others. If you’re considering this little beauty, you should plan on two or more. Although this is not a bird you will let out of its cage or teach to do tricks, the finch has a delightful twitter that is known for bringing joy to its owners. And their antics will keep you amused for hours!
A quiet home is one of the greatest challenges of living as a senior. If you have a tabletop big enough to hold a birdcage, and a lot of love to give, think about adopting a bird today. It will bring endless music and company to your home, and your life will be happier and healthier as a result!
The health and happiness of our Parkview residents is our top priority! We want you to feel at home here, and sometimes the songs of a bird can make that home a little sweeter. Birds are welcome at Parkview as long as they are of the quieter variety.