Did you know that pets can benefit older adults greatly? Research has found that over 50% of older Americans aged 50 to 80 years own a pet, and many of them report that pets gave a sense of purpose and enjoyment in life. Pets can also provide a valuable sense of companionship, especially as you move into a post-retirement life and have plenty of time to spend at home. They can provide both mental and physical stimulation through play and daily walks, or evoke a sense of calmness when relaxing with their owners.
If you are thinking of joining a retirement community, you don’t have to worry about leaving your furry friends behind; many pet-friendly retirement communities in Texas can accommodate you and your companion as well!
Bringing Your Pets Along
The best retirement communities understand how crucial it is for you to have your loved ones close, and pets are just the same! Bonded pets offer their owners a great sense of emotional attachment and comfort. This emotional support is key in reducing the effects of age-related illnesses such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and anxiety.
Life with a Pet in Retirement Communities
Common pets include a wide variety of breeds of dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, and birds. These are animals that do well indoors, often have a good temperament, and are easy to handle. It is important to have a pet that you can manage, and whose energy level matches yours. For example, active dogs that require long daily walks may not be the best fit for aging adults with mobility issues. That aside, walking with your pets outdoors is a good way to increase your physical fitness and build stronger, healthier bodies.
Although a retirement community already has a social network system made of supportive team members and new friends, there’s nothing quite like coming home to a pet who loves you. Furthermore, pets can help you interact better with other residents, especially if they have a pet as well. Playdates are common and provide an opportunity to get to know each other. Just like the furniture and little trinkets you bring along from your old residence, your pets can help remind you of your previous home.
The Perfect Retirement Communities for You and Your Pets
If you are looking to bring your pet along with you to a retirement community in Texas, look no further than Conservatory by Discovery Senior Living. Our team would love to invite both of you to join our retirement community at any of our locations: Conservatory At Alden Bridge, Conservatory At Champion Forest, Conservatory At Keller Town Center, Conservatory At North Austin, and Conservatory At Plano.
Our community allows many opportunities to engage with your furry friend, providing them with the quality life that they deserve. Take your pet on a stroll at one of our open spaces or walking trails, or other recreational amenities that provide ample space to play fetch or simply relax outdoors.
Pets are wonderful, lifelong companions. Here at Conservatory by Discovery Senior Living, we aim to provide the best experiences for pets and pet owners alike.