The Perfect Companion: The Benefits of Pets for Seniors

As research evolves on animal and human interactions, animal-assisted therapy has become a more popular and sought-after method of comfort and aid in health care. Some studies show that pets can lower stress and improve cardiovascular health. For example, therapy dogs are a common presence at hospitals, medical schools, and universities, to provide a calming presence for patients in vulnerable situations. Animals offer a variety of health- and wellness-related benefits, both physical and mental.

Pets can provide heartwarming and loyal companionship to seniors at Prime West Knoxville, which is a pet-friendly residence. If you’re thinking about pet adoption, consider a few potential benefits of sharing your home with a furry friend.

Staying Active

Pet ownership encourages regular physical activity. Enjoy walks together exploring your neighborhood or playing catch in the park. While cat owners tend to engage in less-active play, like using toys on a string, even this lower-impact activity can be beneficial. Increased physical activity contributes to your overall heart health and wellness.

Reducing Anxiety & Stress

Pets can have a calming effect and help reduce anxiety in their human friends. Pet companionship decreases loneliness and may even contribute to a more expanded human community. You can connect with fellow residents who also share their lives with pets and exchange tips and tricks for training and managing your particular breed or rescue.

Mental Stimulation & Bonding

You may have heard that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but even a generally well-behaved pet that you’ve had for years may need a little extra training. This shared purpose can be beneficial to both the animal and the human. Learning new ways to train your dog not only encourages your mental stimulation, but it’s the perfect opportunity to bond with your four-legged friend. A trained dog is typically a happier dog, and good manners also make for a happier pet owner.

Feline Fine: Cat Owners Enjoy Benefits, Too!

Although dogs make great companions for more active older adults, some people naturally gravitate more towards cats. Although cats require less exercise and often less attention than dogs, the bonding relationship has still been shown to improve mood and general well-being.

Contact Our Pet-Friendly Community

Prime Independent Living is dedicated to building middle-market senior living communities designed with our residents’ happiness in mind, which often includes bringing a pet along. Learn more about our newest community, Prime West Knoxville, when you contact our team today.

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