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Pets Provide Health Benefits For Seniors While Being Super Cute

The benefits of owning a pet are both well-researched and well-reported. These benefits include:

  • Improved mood
  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Emotional support
  • Helping to establish and maintain a routine
  • Increased mobility and exercise
  • Enhanced brain health
  • Improved cardiovascular fitness

Do these benefits apply to seniors? They sure do!

Did you know that about half of adults over 50 have at least one pet? According to American Veterinary Medical Association, that’s millions of dogs, cats, fish, birds, horses and more! Seniors are embracing their furry, feathered, or finned friends in droves! This is fantastic news because pets provide a plethora of benefits that can make life brighter, happier, and healthier.

For starters, having a pet around can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, keeping hearts happy and healthy. And let's not forget about all that extra exercise! Pets get us moving, whether it's a leisurely walk in the park or a playful romp in the backyard. All that activity not only boosts seniors' physical health, but it can also sharpen their minds.

But the perks don't stop there! Pets are like little bundles of joy that also help combat loneliness and lift our spirits. Studies show they can reduce depression and encourage socialization, making it easier to connect with others. 

Most Traditions Management communities are pet-friendly!* We encourage our residents to bring their pets and enjoy retirement with their furry friends. 

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Pets and Their Impact on Seniors by Guest Blogger: Jocelyn Strassel, MS, CVT, CDBC ~ Clinical Behaviorist MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center

*Contact your nearest community for details.