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Purrrfect Companions: Health Benefits of Pets for Seniors

Senior woman sitting on bench with her pet French bulldog.

Combating Loneliness: 5 Reasons to Consider 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, and more – there is nothing like a four-legged friend. They’re always there to listen, comfort, and offer companionship. Not to mention the various health benefits of pets for seniors that make them an excellent choice as you age.

At Monroe Village, we understand the deep bond between seniors and their furry companions. That’s why we’re proud to be a pet-friendly senior living community! We recognize that pets aren’t just cherished family members but also offer a wealth of health benefits for older adults. We believe your furry friend plays an important role in your overall well-being.  Let’s explore these benefits of pets for seniors and how Monroe Village offers a welcoming and enriching environment for you and your pet!

Top 5 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:

  1. 1. Boosts Physical Health: Forget the gym membership! Walking a playful pup or tossing a feathery toy for your feline friend is a fantastic way to stay active. Research suggests that having a pet can lead to better memory and thinking skills, along with more opportunities to get outdoors and soak up some sunshine. Studies show that pet ownership is linked to increased opportunities for outdoor activity and better cognitive function in older adults. Owning a pet can also lead to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. 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.
  2. 2. Combats Loneliness and Isolation: Living alone or feeling isolated can be tough for seniors. Pets provide companionship and unconditional love, which can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation in seniors. Pets offer unwavering companionship and a love that never judges. They’re always up for a cuddle, a walk in the park, or simply a quiet presence to share your day with.
  3. 3. Improves Mental Wellbeing: Studies show that simply interacting with pets can chase away feelings of sadness and worry. Petting an animal can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, leaving you feeling more relaxed and at ease. Plus, caring for a pet creates a sense of purpose and routine, which is great for mental well-being. Pets can also provide a sense of purpose and routine, which is important for mental health.
  4. 4. Encourages Socialization:  Taking a dog for a walk or having a cat at home can be a great conversation starter, leading to more interaction with neighbors and other pet owners. This social connection can help seniors feel more connected to their communities and combat social isolation. These unexpected social connections can help combat feelings of isolation and make you feel more connected to your community.
  5. 5. Provides Stress Relief: Sometimes, the simplest things can have the biggest impact. Petting a dog or cat can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, offering a sense of calm and washing away stress. The unconditional love and devotion of pets can be a powerful stress reliever for seniors.

Learn How Monroe Village is Perfect for You and Your Pet

At Monroe Village, our pet-friendly Life Plan Community offers walking paths that wind through landscaped grounds, ponds, and a community garden teeming with life. Getting fresh air and embracing all the health benefits of pets has never been easier.

Monroe Village offers more than just our well-kept grounds. We understand the deep bond between you and your pet, which is why we provide comfortable and welcoming housing designed with your senior needs in mind. It’s the perfect place to create lasting memories with your beloved companion.  But that’s not all!  We offer a comprehensive LivWell program that focuses on seven dimensions of wellness, ensuring a fulfilling and healthy life for you.  Located in the heart of Middlesex County, NJ, Monroe Village puts you close to the area’s best attractions, while our engaging calendar of events and vibrant resident clubs keep you connected and active.  It’s more than just a place to live; it’s a community designed to foster connections and create a sweet new chapter in your retirement story. Contact us today and discover how you and your pet can thrive at Monroe Village!

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