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Benefits of Pets for Seniors

Happy couple with their dog living in pet-friendly senior living.

Dogs, cats, birds and more – there really is nothing like having a pet as your companion. Coming home and immediately being greeted by a happy purr or lick on the hand instantly puts a smile on your face. Pets are much more than additional roommates; they truly become a part of the family.

At The Oaks at Denville, we make your transition into senior living as smooth as possible. One way we do this is by offering pet-friendly senior living apartments. For some, there is simply no other option than bringing cherished pets along to a new home, 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, having a pet is actually good for your health.

The Health Benefits of Pets are Widespread

Pet ownership offers significant health benefits, both in mental health and physical 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. 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.

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.

Not only are pets good for your mental state, but for your physical state as well. Have you ever had those puppy dog eyes looking at you just begging to play? The increased opportunities to move and get outside strengthen your fitness levels, and maintaining regular exercise is great for overall body function, especially cardiovascular health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that heart health benefits of owning a pet include decreased blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels.

While pet owners live healthier, happier lives, caring for another living creature takes extra time and effort. Still, considering the benefits pets bring, you may find it more than worth the extra commitment. The companionship of animals is well-documented and widespread; pets are truly a part of your family.

Experience Pet-Friendly Senior Living at The Oaks at Denville

At The Oaks at Denville, we are more than happy to welcome both you and your pets. Our beautiful grounds even feature walking paths for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy the fresh outdoors. Our pet-friendly community offers premier senior living housing in a place that’s comfortable for you.

Contact us today or schedule an appointment to see how you and your beloved companion can find a home in our community.

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