5 Amazing Benefits of Pet Therapy for SeniorsJuly 25, 2018
At Blue Harbor Senior Living, we believe that pets are healing creatures. After all, they provide us with companionship, purpose, and unconditional love and affection. Pets, whether it’s owning a pet or visiting with a pet, can improve health and sense of well-being.
Given all of the amazing benefits of pets, our senior communities are pet-friendly. Additionally, even if a resident doesn’t own a pet, many of our communities incorporate pet therapy into the monthly activities planning; it’s always a resident favorite!
So, what are the benefits of pet therapy for seniors? We’re listing just a few of the many benefits below!
Promotes Physical Activity
Taking care of a pet encourages physical activity. Pets act as a motivator for seniors to increase their physical activity through daily walks and routine playtime. This increase in mobility can have tremendous health benefits for seniors, such as improved circulation and lowered blood pressure.
One of the biggest benefits of pet therapy are the emotional advantages. Interacting with a pet can be extremely soothing and comforting, which helps to put seniors at ease.
Pet therapy has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, in addition to lowering blood pressure. Not only is the bonding therapeutic, but playtime is fun, too!
Lowers Risk of Illness
An increase in activity has physiological benefits, too. By helping to lower blood pressure and keep seniors active, studies show that seniors with pets may visit the doctor less often.
When seniors care for pets, they often feel a greater sense of purpose and connectedness. In addition, playtime, whether with their own pet or during pet therapy, is a lot of fun. Residents are always smiling when they interact with therapy animals! After all, what’s not to love about adorable puppies and kittens?
Improves Social Interaction
There are many ways a pet can improve the social life of a senior. A pet is a great conversation starter, especially with others that also own pets. Pets give seniors a renewed interest in being involved, and provide those living by themselves or far from family members with a companion.
Owning a pet isn’t suitable for everyone. First, you must consider whether the pet can be taken care of properly. For those who can’t own a pet, pet therapy is a better alternative, which features scheduled visits.
If you have questions about our pet-friendly senior living apartments or our pet therapy programs, reach out to us.
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