What can a pet do for a senior?

What can a pet do for a senior?

Actually, the question should be “What CAN’T a pet do for a senior?” Pets and interacting with pets are incredibly important as we age. For seniors, the benefits of a furry companion can be life-changing or even life-saving! Here are a few of the many benefits:

  1. Walking a dog is great cardiovascular exercise.
  2. The simple act of caring for a pet (petting, brushing, feeding) provides both mild activity and a means to stay engaged.
  3. Pets can make the elderly feel needed and that feeling can translate into a greater sense of purpose and self-worth.
  4. During what can be a lonely time of life, the unconditional love of a cherished dog or cat can be a bridge to more socialization with others, lowered stress, mental stimulation, and a renewed interest in life.

We should note that it’s not just owning a pet that has benefits but visiting with different pets is also valuable! We also welcome furry friends of all shapes and sizes to visit our Danbury residents.

Want to learn more about how you and your furry friend can live at Danbury? Schedule a tour of one of our Danbury communities to ask questions in person. 

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