Senior living enhanced when pets are present

senior housing with pets

The statistics don’t lie: In the U.S., our four-legged housemates have never been more popular — or, frankly, more exalted.

According to the American Humane Society, about 95 million cats and 80 million dogs are enjoying the domestic benefits of living under our roofs. This translates, says the American Veterinary Medical Association, into 64 percent of American households being where Fluffy and/or Fido call home. Back in the 1980s, this figure was closer to 50 percent – and it figures to keep growing.

Especially if you’re a senior living in Lourdes Noreen McKeen in West Palm Beach.

Just as it is for America’s increasing legions of animal lovers, no senior living in Lourdes Noreen McKeen need do so in a sans-animal environment. Indeed, the idea is unthinkable.

senior living with pets

After all, pets demand so little yet provide us so much. On a purely physical level — and in exchange for just some kibble, water and shelter — research has shown that a senior living with pets provides you with the following benefits:

  • Improves your immune system
  • Decreases your blood pressure
  • Decreases your levels of cholesterol and triglyceride
  • Helps lower your risk of heart disease
  • Increases your life expectancy

And, of course, the intangible emotional benefits of hearing your cat purr, seeing your dog’s tail wag, and being needed and unconditionally loved by your furry companion are incalculable.

For a senior living in Lourdes Noreen McKeen in West Palm Beach, the benefits of a furry companion can be life-changing.

seniors and pets

For instance, walking a dog is great cardiovascular exercise. But just the simple act of caring for a pet – petting, brushing, feeding, even just talking with your four-legged little buddy – provides both moderate activity and a wonderful way to stay engaged with the world.

Simply stated, being around a pet, either on a full- or part-time basis, can make a senior living in Lourdes Noreen McKeen feel needed. That feeling, in turn, can translate into a greater sense of purpose and self-worth – something everyone, but especially seniors, can benefit from.

Even if you’re not up for caring for a pet full-time, simply being around the pet of another senior living in Lourdes Noreen McKeen can be enormously beneficial.

For instance, recent university research suggests that hormonal changes that naturally occur when humans and dogs interact could help people cope with depression and certain stress-related disorders. Studies show that just a few minutes of stroking a dog prompts a release of a number of “feel good” hormones in humans, including serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin.

So, if you’re a senior living in Lourdes Noreen McKeen, you’ll always be able to enjoy the myriad benefits – from emotional and spiritual to physical and cognitive – of being around furry, four-legged residents.

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