At least one animal companion lives in the home of more than two-thirds of United States households. There can be little doubt how much America loves its pets. Of course, that’s not surprising. Associated with caring for pets, there are numerous health benefits to be enjoyed. They provide companionship, decrease stress levels, keep their owner on their toes and active, and more.
Do you have a retirement age loved one, possibly a mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, or some other relative? Do they have a pet? If so, you probably already know how therapeutic that pet is for your loved one. In addition, having a pet, particularly for those in their golden years, helps promote a sense of purpose, happiness, and health. If you and/or your loved one are considering a move to a retirement community, it is crucial you find one that encourages pet-friendly senior living. Taking their beloved pet away from your loved one could be detrimental to their physical and mental health.
Let’s delve further into the benefits of pet ownership for retirement-age individuals.
Socialization Can Be Increased
Try walking down the street with your dog and NOT attract attention. People will stop and comment on your dog, ask to pet it, talk about a pet they used to have, and more. It’s almost impossible to take your dog for a walk and not have it be an opportunity for socialization.
You may also want to visit a dog park with your canine companion and talk to other dog owners while your frisky and furry friends frolic.
Companionship Is Offered
Loneliness is more common as people age. Having a pet around the house offers unconditional love and companionship. For many individuals, the feeling of loneliness and/or depression can be minimized – or done away with completely – due to the companionship of a dog or cat.
A Sense of Purpose Is Created
Your pet depends on you for companionship, exercise, water, food, and more. This can help provide, in the daily life of a retiree, a sense of purpose, structure, and routine.
Pets Relieve Stress
Statistics have shown that blood pressure can be significantly lowered by petting a dog, cat, etc. A calming hormone is increased when you spend time with your beloved pet. Stress hormones are decreased. Relief from the following may be experienced by snuggling with your pet:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Stress levels
- Chronic pain
You Now Have A Partner for Exercise
If you have a dog, you will want to take your furry friend for a walk whenever possible. Even without walks, many pets enjoy playtime. Your quality of life is positively impacted when you engage in physical activity with your pet.
Enjoy Pet-Friendly Senior Living at Discovery Village At The Forum
For those residing at Discovery Village At The Forum, the worry of having to live without their beloved pet shouldn’t be a concern. We are a pet-friendly retirement community. We understand how important it is that you are able to walk your dog, pet your cat, feed them, snuggle with them, and enjoy their company. The unconditional love and companionship offered by a pet is undeniable.
In fact, we recognize the therapeutic value of animals, in general. Socialization is therapeutic for those living in a retirement community, as well. That’s why we promote it at every given opportunity through our Celebrations Activities and Events program. Check out our current calendar of events.
To get all your questions answered and see for yourself all we have to offer, please schedule a tour. We look forward to showing you around.