Seniors Benefit from Pet Ownership

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Research continues to show a strong correlation between pet ownership and a number of benefits to seniors.  Everything from helping the elderly to stay physically active, to lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, providing companionship and making depression less likely are attributed to having a pet.  In fact there are several studies that indicate that patients with heart problems do better when they are responsible for a pet.

Not only do pets offer lots of affection and unconditional love but they can also help seniors cope with the loss of a loved one.  In an article from AgingCare.com, a New Jersey psychotherapist, Dr. Jay P. Granat, discusses some of the other intangibles that pets offer to the elderly.  He states that, “Dogs—and other pets—live very much in the here and now. They don’t worry about tomorrow. And tomorrow can be very scary for an older person. By having an animal with that sense of now, it tends to rub off on people.”

At MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Albuquerque, we wholeheartedly agree that pets provide many benefits to seniors, which is why we are proud that our community is pet friendly.  Dedicated to making your retirement years carefree, we offer 48 beautiful assisted living suites on two levels, with spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans.  In addition, our Reflections Neighborhood has 21 suites devoted to the individualized care of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Please see our website for more details and to learn about MorningStar of Albuquerque’s quality assisted living and memory care community.

The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Albuquerque, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to schedule a tour and see for yourself the finest assisted living Albuquerque has to offer.

 

Sources:petsfortheelderly.org/articles.html

agingcare.com/Articles/benefits-of-elderly-owning-pets-113294.htm

 

 

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