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5 Benefits of Having a Pet as You Age

May 24, 2021

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A pet’s affectionate, loyal, playful disposition makes them the perfect buddy for anyone seeking companionship or something to keep them busy. For seniors in particular, owning a dog, cat, or other animal can be an excellent way to stay physically active, emotionally sound, and maintain a fulfilling life. 

The Benefits of Having a Pet as You Age


1. Provides Companionship

Perhaps the biggest upside to adopting a pet is the companionship that comes with one. There's no doubt that having an animal in the home can add an element of warmth and comfort, especially if you live alone. 

For those looking for someone to take a walk with in the morning, talk to on lonely days, or simply cuddle up to in the evening, a pet can fill this role beautifully. 

2. Keeps You Active

Owning a pet can make living an active lifestyle easier and more enjoyable. Regardless of whether your pet is lazy or energetic, pets require frequent feedings and attention, which will require you to get your blood flowing throughout the day. 

You don't have to take your dog on miles-long runs to live a healthier lifestyle with him or her; sometimes it's as simple as taking a daily stroll around the neighborhood or playing fetch within your living room for you both to feel better.

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 each day.

4. Reduces Stress Levels

It's no secret that being around a pet can make you feel better. Whether you suffer with mental health problems, such as 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 and broaden your horizon.


Each of Moorings Park’s beautiful communities promotes a healthy lifestyle for you and your furry friends with dog parks, pet-friendly apartments and rubberized walking trails around lakes, gardens and preserves.

Visit us online or call us at 239-643-9111 to see everything our pet-friendly luxury retirement communities in Naples, FL have to offer. 

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