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Pets help seniors stay happier & healthier

Posted on January 02, 2019 in Active Aging, Health and Wellness, Senior Lifestyle Options


French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette once said, “Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”

Indeed, pets provide meaningful support to their owners, and they can be especially beneficial for seniors. Research shows that pet ownership delivers both physical and mental health benefits, such as:

• Decreased stress and anxiety
• Lowered blood pressure
• Reduced chances of depression and loneliness
• Increased mobility and independence
• Lessened pain
• Increased physical activity

However, many older Americans still mistakenly believe that moving into a life plan community means they’ll have to leave their pets behind. This is not the case at Ohio Living communities, most of which are pet-friendly.

According to Megan Nolan, Social Services Associate at Ohio Living Swan Creek, pets may live in any unit on their campus. “We even have residents in memory care who have pets,” she explained.

Many of our residents will tell you that they chose Ohio Living because of the pet-friendly atmosphere and the amenities off ered to pets, such as walking trails and dog runs, which allow furry residents to stretch their legs and socialize. Prior to bringing an animal into their home, residents are encouraged to make sure it’s the best arrangement for themselves and the pet.

“Our staff meets with residents to discuss our community’s specific pet guidelines and policies,” said Megan.

For more information about your local Ohio Living community’s pet policy, please call your local Ohio Living community.


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