Although the benefits pets can offer in retirement are undisputed, many retirees are under the impression that they have to choose between enjoying the benefits of Austin retirement community living or keeping the pets they love. However, more and more communities are recognizing the physical and emotional benefits pets provide and updating their policies on pets.
Let's discuss some of the most notable benefits pets (and pet-friendly retirement communities) offer.
For many, retirement is a time of adventure and excitement, but for some, retirement can be lonely. Pets make great company by interacting with you and showing you love and affection when they need it most. Pets can be especially therapeutic for retirees who live alone or who have lost their spouse.
Pets have a direct and measurable impact on your physical health, making them an important part of your retirement plan. As a matter of fact, people who have pets have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and lower triglyceride levels than people who don't. Additionally, pet owners have a reason to stay active and get outside - which increases your strength, range of motion, and heart health and helps you maintain healthy vitamin D levels.
One study shows that pets can improve your sleep by helping you feel safe and secure. Pets ease anxiety and worry in two ways:
Considering almost a third of adults have a tough time falling asleep and staying asleep even with the help of prescription medications, pets are a great solution with no side effects!
It's easy to lose your sense of purpose as your identity changes over time. For many years, you may have been responsible for other people - your team at work, your parents, or your children, for example - and now you're only responsible for yourself. This natural life change can leave you wondering about your purpose, but pets can help fill the void that time has created. Feeding, walking, and caring for pets can make every day feel meaningful.
Pets keep you physically active as you play with them, walk them, feed them, and care for them. This physical activity keeps your muscles, bones, and joints strong, helps you maintain a full range of motion and balance, and improves your chances of staying independent longer.
Pets can reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve your mood, help you feel safe, and alleviate loneliness. They provide physical contact and encourage a predictable daily routine. Perhaps most importantly, pets can be integral in the healing process after you lose somebody you love.
If you've been looking for all-inclusive Austin senior apartments that welcome pets, consider scheduling a site visit with The Clairmont, during which time you can tour the campus, sample the gourmet menu, and evaluate whether The Clairmont is a fit for you and your four-legged friend. We offer 5 different floor plans starting at just $1,795 per month.
*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living, January, 2019.