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What Are the Benefits of Owning a Pet?

Senior Living | 08/15/19


Senior woman with dog.

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 Moorings at Lewes, we make your transition into senior living as smooth as possible. One way we do this is by offering pet-friendly apartments and cottages, 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 both mentally and physically.

Benefits of Pets for Seniors

Pet ownership offers significant health benefits. Here are a few reasons why having an animal companion is good for your wellbeing:

Physical Health Benefits

Having a pet is good for your physical wellbeing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that these health benefits of owning a pet include decreased blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. This is due to the increased opportunities to venture outside and move your body, such as incorporating daily walks into your routine. Maintaining regular exercise is great for overall body function and strengthens your fitness levels. Those puppy dog eyes begging to play just a little while longer are hard to ignore and will ultimately result in a healthier you.

Mental Health Benefits of Pets

Not only do your furry companions help your physical wellness, but your mental state as well. There is a true sense of continuity and meaning in one’s life when taking care of and loving a pet, allowing a sense of stability in knowing that they are dependent on you. Dogs, cats and other furry companions also provide comfort and company, which can help decrease depression and loneliness in pet owners. Even just by petting a dog or cat, the hormones serotonin and dopamine are released, which helps to calm nerves and make you feel good. Pets love you unconditionally and offer the support you need to reach happiness and mental wellbeing.

Discover Pet-Friendly Senior Living at The Moorings at Lewes

As a pet-friendly community, we are happy to welcome both you and your pets. Along with apartments and cottages for you and your companion to enjoy, we’ve also kept Spot in mind when considering useful on-campus amenities. Walking trails surround our 35-acre campus and allow you to get outdoor exercise with your pet. Our community even features a secure, fenced-in dog park. Here, your pooch can play fetch, make new friends and have an afternoon of fun rolling around in the grass. When you choose The Moorings, you aren’t only choosing premier senior living housing. You’re choosing a place that’s comfortable for you and your loved ones.

Contact us today and schedule a tour to see how you and your four-legged friend can find a home in our community.