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The Benefits of Having a Pet in Retirement

July 28, 2021

Pets do not ask for much but offer the world to their human companions.

They bring joy and renewed purpose. During the darkest days of the pandemic, pet adoptions soared, and many pets rejoiced in seeing their work-from-home humans around the clock. The feeling was mutual and proof of how much we love and care for our pets.

In addition to companionship, pets provide their families other benefits too, including a chance at a healthier life. For retirees, a pet can be life changing. Let us take a look at some of the related health benefits of having a pet during retirement:

  • Lower levels of stress. The pandemic is a crystal-clear example of the impact pets have in relieving stress levels and increasing happiness. Managing stress and lowering blood pressure during this difficult time was made easier thanks to our four-legged pals. In fact, the very act of petting and feeling a pet’s fur can be a calming exercise.
  • Extra emotional support. Individuals rely on their emotional support animal when traveling or getting through the day. Health professionals call this pet therapy. As faithful companions, pets are a constant source of support, love and wet kisses. Even a human-to-pet conversation can brighten the day. During moments of grieving, pets can be a light, offering their humans peace, hope and meaning.
  • Opportunities to be active. Some pets love the outdoors or going for walks. Indoor play is also another favorite pastime. As a pet parent, you will have endless opportunities to get up and about and be more active. A few laps around the block can protect you and your pet from the pitfalls of a sedentary lifestyle. The fresh air will also be therapeutic.

Before you decide to adopt a pet, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, there are budget considerations. Depending on the breed of dog or cat, the cost for maintenance and care will vary. For instance, the popular goldendoodle will need frequent visits to the grooming salon; others will want regular high-quality treats.

Activity level and compatibility are other factors. Pets come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. So, it will be important that you find the right fit. Some pets are high-energy and will demand extra attention and exercise. Just keep that in mind as well.

Hollenbeck Palms recently had the pleasure to introduce its residents to Tombot, an innovative robotic dog, for a demonstration. These robotic animals transform the daily lives of individuals, families and communities facing health adversities.

The residents had a ball during the demonstration!

If you’re thinking about taking residence with us, consider coming by for a tour with your pet companion. Our community welcomes pets with open arms and hearts because we understand that they are family too. We are also happy to be home to nine feral cats that freely roam our 8.5-acre, lush, garden campus. Their well-being is looked after by the Pet Committee, who make sure they have “purrfect” life!

If you are seeking a higher level of care for your loved one, we are opening a Memory Enhancement Unit in 2021. Email today to learn more and apply.