Studies have shown that pets can provide many benefits to their owners. You will have many benefits such as lower blood pressure, better mental and physical health, and more if you have a furry friend as a companion. Pets provide you with friendship, encourage physical activity, and provide you with a sense of safety. It is shown that dog owners engage in more physical activity than non-dog owners. Therefore, it is extremely beneficial for people to own a pet.
Here are some reasons why owning a pet after retirement can actually make you healthier.
Better Mental Health
Respondents interviewed in a survey have claimed that their pets helped to ease their emotional pain, reduce stress levels and help them to enjoy life. The maintenance of pets in your daily life also requires you to stick to a routine that can help to prevent isolation and reduce the chances of having depression. Pets also help you to connect with others and be more socially active, as owning a pet can be an easy conversational topic. Respondents have also said that pets made them feel loved, all of which leads to better mental health and helps to stave off serious mental conditions like depression and anxiety. This can be shown from how pet owners suffering from AIDS are far less likely than those without pets to suffer from depression. Studies have also shown that patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s have fewer anxious outbursts if there is a pet at home, all of which goes to show the incredible benefits of owning a pet.
Increased Physical Activity
Owning a pet, especially if it’s a dog, requires constant maintenance, to walk the pet, bathe the pet, and take it out for grooming or medical appointments. This can reduce the odds of the individual leading a sedentary lifestyle and help to significantly extend one’s lifespan. Exercise with a dog can help to elevate one’s level of serotonin and dopamine as well, which further reiterates the previous point that claims that pets can help to boost mental health.
Detection of Physical Ailments
Recent research has shown that dogs can detect seizures before they happen, early stages of cancer, as well as inform owners suffering from diabetes when their blood sugar levels fall threateningly low. This early detection of illnesses can help to stave off further exacerbation of the illness and encourage early medical intervention. All of which only goes to promote the benefits of owning a pet.
Join us at Conservatory at North Austin
If you are searching for a retirement community, look no further than Conservatory At North Austin. It provides an environment that welcomes your pets and we are fully prepared to help residents take care of their pet’s daily needs. Participate in a community where you will enjoy comfort, convenience as well as resort-style facilities. We have exclusive programs that are perfect for those who want an affordable yet maintenance-free lifestyle, and we also have a professional team that is on hand 24 hours a day.