Tackling old age with a friend
We all hope to grow old.
Those of us fortunate enough to survive into old age accept that our bodies will slow down. We know we won't be able to do the things we used to do even though we would like too.
We do expect to be psychologically well and not put out of balance by actions of society.
Most of us form long standing bonds with others and in particular a special other often leading to offspring. Being alone at that time may not be forefront in our minds.
Things change. In particular many of us will find ourselves living alone in our old age. Not just very old age because our life mate has died, but because we changed and no longer live with our life mate.
Many of us will need to resort to renting in our old age. We will be living alone and lonely.
Having a pet, in particular a cat or dog, is a common way for humans to feel companionship. There is increasing evidence that a pet companion brings psychological well being to people who live alone.
If one is psychologically well then we are more likely to be well in general. Put conversely, if we are psychologically unwell then poor health often follows.
Compelling old people living alone to the cruel treatment of forbidding them to have a pet when renting, is in my opinion, a violation of their human rights.
This violation is usually written into rental agreements where I assume the landlord has given no thought to the damage they are doing.
If someone renting abuses their dwelling then action can be taken. It is not a given that a cat or dog will abuse a dwelling any more than an adult or child.
It is time older living alone renters in New Zealand were given their rights as of right. In other words, when renting, pets should be allowed.
Landlords simply need to alert the tenant to the usual 'good tenant' provisions of respecting the property and neighbours. If there is no problem then there is no problem!
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