Keeping a pet is extremely rewarding. We already know that they are a man’s best friend, providing you with companionship and fetching your slippers… but the unseen benefits can be far greater. We have below 5 benefits of keeping a pet in your retirement.
1. Reduce Stress
Stress is something we all try to avoid but sometimes there’s no escaping it. Retirement is a time to kick back and enjoy life and a pet can help you to achieve this. It has been said that pet owners have significantly lower stress levels than those who don’t own a cat, dog or other furry friend. The affection that pets provide helps us to get through hard times and provide much needed love when we’re feeling down.
2. Increase Physical Activity
Keeping active in your later years can seem like a chore sometimes. We know it’s good for us but a day at the gym may not be as appealing as it once was. Pets encourage playfulness, laughter, and exercise, which gives a boost to your immune system and your energy. Taking your dog for a stroll once a day provides some much needed exercise while allowing you some enjoyment and companionship.
3. Increase Social Interaction
Sustaining a social network isn’t always easy as you grow older and pets can be a great social ice breaker. Whether you’re taking your dog for a stroll in the garden or chatting to people about your cat, these animals are a shared interest which allows for endless conversation.
4. Improve Mental Health
Playing with, chatting to or just holding a pet is believed to increase our brain activity and improve our mood. If you live alone, it’s easy to feel down, especially if you used to have a busy household and a large family. Your animal companion can give you that lift you need and we all know there’s nothing better after a difficult day than coming home to a purring cat or a wagging tale.
5. Improve Physical Health
You can overcome many of the physical challenges associated with aging by taking good care of yourself. Looking after an animal can help you to appreciate the importance of this. Making sure you take your pet out and about can help you to lower blood pressure, reduce the effect of arthritis and keep you feeling great.
These are just a few examples of the incredible things your pet can do for you. To make you feel at home, Churchill Retirement Living allows well behaved cats and dogs and caged birds in our apartments. You can see more about this on our website’s FAQ page.