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Did you know that nearly half of all U.S. households have a dog, and about one-third have a cat? We understand that the bond with a four-legged friend is a special one. Here are five senior health benefits from having a pet pal!

Companionship

Though there are no shortage of activities in a community-based living setting, sometimes residents can feel lonely – especially those who are accustomed to interacting or living with family, friends or a partner.

Improved Socialization

A recent study monitored the behaviors of long-term care patients who experienced therapy-based pet interaction versus those that did not. The results showed that people exposed to animals were more likely to participate in long conversations, while those who did not were more likely to have brief conversations.

Stress Relief and Mental Functioning

Researchers found that the presence of a therapy dog decreased agitation in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, especially during the late afternoon and early evening, a time that can often lead to an increase in confusion and agitation for people living with memory issues.

Exercise

According to the University of Missouri Health, walking is the most common form of leisure-time physical activity for adults over 60. Pets need to be walked and played with, naturally helping residents to be more active in a way that is comfortable for them.

Feel free to contact us to learn more about pets at Prestige Assisted Living at Green Valley, (520) 648-5583.

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