We discuss the benefits of pet ownership, particularly when transitioning into a seniors living community, like Seasons.
A familiar face in the form of a pet can be comforting and reassuring when moving into a new home. A brand new companion can also bring joy and happiness to a new place. A dog or cat can be a huge comfort for anyone of any age.
While a pet does require some work, this can be beneficial to an ageing population. Pets can help shape structure and give purpose to daily life. A pet will help to create routine like daily exercise, meal times etc.
An obvious health benefit of having a pet, is exercise. We can all benefit from regular exercise. Having a pet like a dog can encourage small but regular walks on a daily basis, helping increase heart health and overall fitness.
It’s been found that seniors with pets actually experience less stress than their pet-free counterparts. Stroking pets can increases levels of serotonin and dopamine – the “happy hormones” – while keeping blood pressure low.
At Seasons, we pride ourselves on our secure and safe facilities but having a pet around can help bolster that sense of security, giving peace of mind in the home.
With a pet by your side, particularly a pet that requires regular exercise can help not only form routines but friendships too. Communal walks with other pet owners are a common activity for the older generation and pets can provide that icebreaker into a lasting friendship.
It can be a struggle to find the motivation to leave the home sometimes, even if there are plenty of activities to enjoy. A pet that requires walking can encourage regular outings.
For more information about pets and Seasons Communities, enquire online or call us on 1300 732 766 today.