Animals and Healing
Pets can offer a sense of love and security. They are often able to put a smile on your face when no one else can. It’s no wonder that we go to great lengths to show them that we love and appreciate them, just as much as they love and appreciate us!
Although the companionship of owning a pet is often more than enough, medical evidence suggests that there are even more significant physiological benefits. The Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine studies how people and animals influence each other’s psychological and physiological state. The research shows people who connect with animals experience decreased blood pressure, reduced anxiety and a general feeling of well being. Similar research has been conducted by Happy Tails, an organization specializing in animal-assisted therapy. Happy Tails reports that connecting to animals through assisted therapy and activity also provides numerous cognitive, physical, social and emotional benefits.
It is undeniable that there is something magical about the unconditional love pets’ offer that cannot be matched. Their presence can offer much more significant physiological benefits than simply brightening up your day. However, those who have pets of their own understand that having someone there to brighten up your day will always be more than enough.
At Sunshine Retirement Living, we believe that pets are a part of the family. For this reason, and the amazing health benefits mentioned above, all of our communities are not only open to having pets, they are ‘Pet Friendly’. Many of our on-site management teams have pets of their own and truly understand what it takes to cater to the needs of pet owners. In addition, our Activity Directors are trained to work with local organizations such as Happy Tails to provide our residents with the therapeutic benefits of animals in the comfort of their own home.
If you are looking to reap some of the countless benefits that animals can offer, or have a pet of your own, attend one of our Monthly Yappy Hour’s! This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a mock-tail while community pets are enjoying chef-prepared dog treats! For more information, contact any of our Fido-Friendly Locations! Woof, Woof!
*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living