Senior health benefits of owning a pet
It’s impossible to quantify the joy pets bring into your life, especially as you transition into retirement. While it's difficult to measure the benefits of head scratches and belly rubs, researchers find, time and again, that pets make for happier and healthier seniors.
Science says pets are good for you!
There are numerous studies showing that pet ownership is good for your health, no matter your age. For instance, the American Heart Association
reports that pet ownership is associated with decreased cardiovascular disease risk. While animals add companionship to your life, they can also add years to it by improving overall health.
Scientific research shows pet ownership can:
- Lower blood pressure and pulse rate
- Lower cholesterol
- Lower triglyceride levels which in turn help reduce the risk of heart disease
- Reduce depression and feelings of loneliness or isolation
- Help people stay physically fit
- Improve breathing, healthy heart function and digestion
- Decrease overall stress levels
- Improve survival after angina or a heart attack
Pets benefit your social life and stability!
Sure, walking a dog is great for cardiovascular health, but it also opens the door to increased social interactions and friendship. The simple act of caring for a pet allows seniors to stay engaged with the world and develop active daily routines. This engagement and sense of purpose positively impacts their moods. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outline it perfectly: healthy pets = healthy people!
At Holiday Retirement, we understand how important pets can be for senior health. That’s why most of our 300+ communities give our residents the option of caring for one. Share your favorite pet story with us today!
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