Pets are such an important part of our lives, especially as we age. Pets offer companionship and unconditional love and affection that can help keep us healthy. Research has shown that living with pets can offer several health benefits, especially with senior adults. Some of those benefits are:
- Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets.
- Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
- Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
- People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months.
More importantly, pets become an important part of our daily lives and in many cases; pet owners consider pets to be part of their family.
When thinking about a parent moving to an assisted living, it is only natural to want to make sure that a beloved pet can accompany the parent for the move. Taking your pet can also help smooth the transition and help a senior “settle in” to a new environment.
Assisted Living communities usually allow pets to move in with their owners, but be sure to ask when visiting a community. The community will usually require proof of vaccinations for the pet and will want to make sure that the senior can care for the pet in the new community. Some assisted living communities have weight limits for pets, so be sure to ask when visiting or considering a community.
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