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Health Benefits of Pets for Seniors

Healthy Aging | 06/28/19


Welcome Home, Buddy: Pet-Friendly Senior Living

Who can argue that coming home and being greeted by a tail wag or lick on the hand doesn’t put a smile on your face? Dogs, cats, birds and more – there really is nothing like having a pet as your companion. They’re always there to listen, comfort and offer company.

Perhaps one of the most emotionally driven considerations when choosing a senior living community is whether or not your furry friends are welcomed. Lucy Pietrofesa didn’t want to say goodbye to her beloved dog Jim-E, and was looking for pet-friendly senior living. When she and her canine companion found Monroe Village, though, she knew it was a perfect fit. Not only do we provide the maintenance-free living Lucy was looking for, but now she and Jim-E are able to enjoy their days having fun and meeting new people.

We at Monroe Village are happy to accommodate pet owners like you by welcoming your pets to our pet-friendly senior living community. We recognize that, along with being part of the family, having a pet is actually good for your health.

Health Benefits of Pets for Seniors

Pet ownership offers substantial mental and physical benefits. Here are a few reasons why having an animal companion is good for your wellbeing:

Mental Health Benefits

The bond between humans and animals is powerful in mental health. Just petting a dog or cat releases serotonin and dopamine, two hormones that calm the nerves and make you feel good. There is a true sense of stability, continuity and meaning in one’s life when taking care of and loving a pet. Studies also show that pets become facilitators of multiple dimensions of social readiness, including getting to know people and friendship formation. And, your pet’s companionship alone offers comfort, decreasing feelings of loneliness and depression. Dogs and cats love you unconditionally and offer the support you need to reach happiness and mental wellbeing.

Physical Health Benefits

Not only are pets good for your mental state, but for your physical state as well. The increased opportunities to move and get outside strengthen your fitness levels, and maintaining regular exercise is great for overall body function, especially cardiovascular health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that heart health benefits of owning a pet include decreased blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Those puppy dog eyes asking for one more walk are hard to ignore and will ultimately result in a healthier you.

Learn How Monroe Village is Perfect for You and Your Pet

At Monroe Village, we are more than happy to welcome both you and your pets. Our beautiful grounds even feature walking paths for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy the fresh outdoors. Our pet-friendly community offers premier senior living housing in a place that’s comfortable for you. Contact us today and schedule a tour to see how you and your beloved companion can find a home in our community.