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What are the Benefits of Pets for Seniors?

A senior couple with their dog in a pet-friendly senior living community.

There’s nothing that can compare to having a furry or feathered companion. Animals love without condition, so it’s no wonder many of us choose to have them in our homes and our lives. They’re more than just pets —they’re family.

At Springpoint, we believe we offer much more than senior living communities –this is a place for you to call home. One way we make your transition into senior living as smooth as possible is by offering pet-friendly apartments, cottages and villas at our eight Life Plan communities (CCRCs), so you won’t have to leave a beloved companion behind during your move. We also recognize that, along with being part of the family, pet ownership offers significant health benefits, both mentally and physically.

Mental and Physical Benefits of Owning a Pet for Seniors

Pet ownership offers significant health benefits, both in physical health and mental health.
The bond between humans and animals is powerful in mental health. Just petting a dog or cat releases serotonin and dopamine, two hormones that calm the nerves and make you feel good. There is a true sense of stability, continuity and meaning in one’s life when taking care of and loving a pet.

Studies also show that pets become facilitators of multiple dimensions of social readiness, including getting to know people and friendship formation. And, your pet’s companionship alone offers comfort, decreasing feelings of loneliness and depression. Dogs and cats love you unconditionally and offer the support you need to reach happiness and mental wellbeing.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) notes many physical health benefits of owning a pet include lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and lower triglyceride levels. These health improvements are directly linked to the increased exercise with your pet, like the addition of daily walks. Regular exercise is imperative for your overall health. So, the next time your pet is begging for a walk or a game of fetch, remember that it can benefit your health, too.

Find Pet-Friendly Senior Living at Springpoint

Michael Kennedy knew he had to find a home for both him and his pets when deciding on a senior living community. He chose Springpoint community, The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, and shared, “I moved in in January 2015 after getting positive responses to my question of ‘Can I bring my two cats?’” All three are now well-known residents, and Michael is pleased that, “Reggie and Didi have a wonderful view of the Navesink River from their cat condo and have never complained.”

Springpoint offers pet-friendly senior living communities, and we are happy to welcome both you and your pets. Along with apartments, cottages and villas for you and your companion to enjoy, we’ve also kept pets in mind when considering useful on-campus amenities like pet parks and walking trails. This is one way we make sure that when you choose Springpoint, you aren’t only choosing premier senior living housing; You’re choosing a place that’s comfortable for you.

Contact us today and schedule a tour at any of our eight Life Plan communities to see how you and your beloved companion can find a home.

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