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Paws and Smiles: 10 Benefits of Pet-Friendly Independent Living

At Ridgmar Place, we believe that home is where the heart is, and for many seniors, the heart includes their beloved furry companions. That’s why we’re proud to offer pet-friendly independent senior living, where residents can enjoy the benefits of pet therapy and the joys of pet ownership. Pets can brighten days and be a constant source of comfort and fun. Having a friend around the house is not just good for your mood, but it can also improve your physical health.

Pet-friendly senior living communities understand the importance of connecting with animals and how much joy they bring to residents’ lives. Whether it’s animal-assisted therapy sessions or curling up together with a good book, animals make life richer and more enjoyable. Continue reading as we explore the top ten advantages of living in a pet-friendly community like Ridgmar Place.

Ten Ways Pet-Friendly Independent Living Helps Seniors

  1. Pets Offer Companionship and Unconditional Love: Pets provide constant companionship, reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. They provide a source of unconditional love, brightening each day. Having a pet to take for walks or to introduce to new friends and neighbors can help make days more engaging. And having a pet can increase bonding and provide a sense of security. Feeling more at ease when moving to senior living is a huge benefit. We all know that moving can be a lot to manage. Pet-friendly independent senior living can make the transition to a new living environment less stressful.

  2. Reduced Stress for Pet Owners: Interacting with pets has been shown to lower stress levels, promoting relaxation and well-being. Petting a dog or cat can release endorphins and reduce cortisol, the stress hormone.

  3. Increased Physical Activity: Walking and playing with pets encourage regular exercise, which is essential for maintaining physical health. It is recommended that older adults get 150 minutes of exercise a week. Pet ownership can help meet this goal.

  4. Social Interaction: Pets serve as conversation starters, helping residents connect with neighbors and form new friendships. Walking with other residents and their pets or getting to know your neighbors’ pets can be rewarding and fun. Getting out and enjoying the weather is better with a friend or two. Life is just more fun in communities that are pet-friendly! Independent senior living is all about creating a fun, interactive, and social environment. Pets add to the atmosphere and keep residents active.

  5. Emotional Support: Pets are family. They can provide emotional support during challenging times or help us find that spark to get up and go when we don’t feel like it. They give us comfort, a listening ear, and endless cuddles. Bonding with a pet, especially when transitioning to a new phase of life, can be especially beneficial for seniors. Focusing on a pet’s needs also removes some focus from our daily problems or burdens.

  6. Sense of Purpose: Caring for a pet gives residents a sense of purpose, establishing a routine and responsibility. Keeping a set schedule and caring for a pet is a commitment, but that routine can help seniors stay active and mentally stimulated.

  7. Cognitive Stimulation: Interacting with pets can improve cognitive function, memory, and mental agility. A recent study by The University of Michigan linked owning a pet for five years or more to delayed aging in the brain. “The Michigan researchers found that over the six-year period, cognitive scores decreased at a slower rate in pet owners than non-pet owners. On average, long-term pet owners had a cognitive score 1.2 points higher compared to participants without pets.”

  8. Reduced Depression and Anxiety: The presence of pets can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, creating a more positive outlook. The wag of a tail when you return home or being greeted by a warm purr can do wonders for your mood–a top benefit of pet-friendly independent senior living!

  9. Decreased Feelings of Isolation: Senior living helps prevent loneliness and isolation by offering a robust social network for seniors. Pet ownership can have the same benefits. Knowing you have a furry friend waiting for you at home can help alleviate feelings of isolation and sadness.

    Older pet owners are less likely to report loneliness, and pets may act as catalysts for social interactions. Studies have found that frequent dog walkers were more likely to report a higher sense of community, in addition to the benefits of increased physical activity. Feeling attached to your beloved pet also helps prevent feelings of loneliness.

  10. Enhanced Quality of Life: Pet-friendly independent senior living ultimately improves residents’ overall quality of life. Establishing a routine, staying more active, engaging with other pet owners, and receiving emotional support are all positive impacts of pet ownership.
Ridgmar Place | Residents taking part in animal therapy
Animal therapy has many benefits for seniors, including boosting mood.

Pet Ownership at Ridgmar Place

We understand the profound bond between seniors and their pets. That’s why our community allows small to medium-sized dogs and cats. We believe in pet therapy’s power and its incredible benefits to residents.

Our team is committed to creating a clean and nurturing environment for residents and their furry friends. We provide pet-friendly amenities, including walking paths and waste stations, to ensure you and your four-legged companion have everything you need for a comfortable and happy life at Ridgmar Place.

Pet-friendly independent senior living at Ridgmar Place offers an array of benefits, from reducing stress and loneliness to promoting physical activity and social interaction. The bond between seniors and their pets is truly heartwarming. We are proud to support that connection in our community.

If you’re considering senior living options and value the companionship of a pet, consider Ridgmar Place, where your furry friend is more than welcome to share this exciting journey of senior living with you.

Welcome Home to Purrrfect Senior Living

We’re happy to welcome you and your furry friend home. Contact us today to see what pet-friendly independent living is all about.

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