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Benefits of Pets for Seniors

A senior couple smiling happily on outdoor seating with their dog.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
― Anatole France

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 chose to have them in our homes and our lives. They’re more than just pets — they’re family.

Stonebridge at Montgomery wants to make your transition into our senior living community as smooth as possible, including offering pet-friendly cottages and apartments. We don’t want you to have to leave your companion behind when you move. We also know that having a pet can be good for both your mental and physical health. Learn more about the benefits of pets for seniors below.

The Benefits of Owning a Pet

Physical health benefits: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) notes many physical health benefits of owning a pet. These include:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Lower cholesterol levels.
  • Lower triglyceride levels.

These lower levels are directly linked to the increased opportunities for more 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!

Mental health benefits: Along with the physical benefits, the CDC also mentions the mental health benefits of owning a pet including decreased feelings of loneliness and more opportunities for socialization. The comfort and company your pet provides helps to keep feelings of loneliness at bay. And by just petting them, your body releases the “feel good” hormones serotonin and dopamine which helps calm your nerves. Your four-legged friends’ unconditional love can help support your happiness and mental health.

Learn about Pet Friendly Senior Living at Stonebridge at Montgomery

At Stonebridge at Montgomery, we understand the comfort pets provide, so our community is pet-friendly. Not only are our apartments and cottages welcoming to your furry friend, but our campus amenities keep our smallest residents in mind. Our extensive grounds and walking trails offer the perfect space for a morning walk or a game of fetch.

Maintenance-free living also results in more time during your day. Residents Jerry and Sheila Berkelhammer said, “The maintenance services and housekeeping service are so convenient at Stonebridge. Clogged sink? Heavy pictures to hang? Call maintenance, a handy-person is at your door pronto.” This means more time to enjoy the company of your pet.

When you choose Stonebridge at Montgomery, you’re also choosing a home for your furry and feathered family members. Contact our team today to see how you and your pet can find a home in our community.

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