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5 Benefits of Having a Pet as You Age

January 29, 2024

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The loving, devoted, and playful nature of a pet makes them the ideal companion for anyone in search of friendship or added purpose to their life. Specifically for seniors, having a dog, cat, or other animal can be a wonderful way to stay physically active, emotionally balanced, and live a rewarding life.

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The Benefits of Having a Pet as You Age

1. Provides Companionship

One of the greatest benefits of adopting a pet is the companionship they offer. Having an animal in your home can bring you a sense of warmth and comfort, especially if you live alone.

If you're seeking someone to take leisurely walks in the morning, have heart-to-heart conversations with on lonely days, or simply snuggle up with in the evening, a pet can beautifully fill these roles.

2. Keeps You Active

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Owning a pet can make living an active lifestyle easier and more enjoyable. Regardless of the size or energy level of your pet, all pets require frequent attention, which will help you get your blood flowing throughout the day.

However, you don't have to take your dog on long runs to live a healthier lifestyle. Simply taking a daily stroll around the neighborhood or playing fetch in your living room can do the trick.

3. Establishes a Daily Routine

Creating a consistent daily routine is a good habit for everyone to get into, including seniors. Like people, animals thrive when they have a routine to look forward to each day. Routines are a wonderful way to stay physically active, mentally sharp, and keep your day productive. 

Providing breakfast, dinner, playtime, exercise, and anything else your pet may need throughout the day will give you something to look forward to. Not only that, but these routines can help structure your life and bring meaning to seemingly mundane activities.

4. Reduces Stress Levels

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It's no secret that being around a pet can make you feel better. Whether you suffer from mental health problems like anxiety or depression or simply want to boost your mood on a regular basis, having a four-legged friend around is an effective way to help you feel your best. 

In fact, pets help you in many ways, such as reducing your body’s stress-producing hormones like cortisol and lowering your blood pressure. 

5. Broadens Your Horizon

Pets are the perfect excuse to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Going to the dog park, taking walks around a new neighborhood, or scheduling a play date with other pet owners are all fun activities that can get you out of your home to interact with other people and animals. Even if you don't plan a pet playdate with another person, you never know who you may meet while you're out and about with your furry friend.


Moorings Park Communities promotes a healthy lifestyle for you and your furry friends with dog parks, pet-friendly apartments, and rubberized walking trails around our serene lakes, gardens and preserves. Discover a lifestyle beyond compare across our three gorgeous campuses, where luxurious residences, breathtaking views, state-of-the-art amenities, and, of course, concierge physicians and personalized healthcare are all included. Contact us today to see everything our pet-friendly luxury retirement communities in Naples, Florida have to offer. 

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