At PeachTree Place Assisted Living, serving the Salt Lake City Metro area of Utah, we believe that dogs, cats, and senior living are a great mix. We understand that these special companions are so much more than just animals. The unconditional love provided by your pet greatly enhances your health and happiness as you age. Just some benefits of pet ownership for seniors include:
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Promotes Heart Health
- Boosts Immune System
- Relieves Loneliness And Depression
- Reduces Stress
- Calms Anxiety
- Promotes Exercise
- Increases Social Interactions
- Helps With Dementia
Living With a Pet Promotes Happiness
In our senior years, we sometimes feel more isolated after losing a spouse or close friends. We begin to feel lonely and even depressed more often. Taking the time to pet your companion cat or dog can make you feel better. Our furry friends help to take our mind off our problems and put a smile on our face.
Pets Keep You Healthy
As you grow older, you may begin to see your blood pressure rising. This can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage and even cognitive changes. Studies have shown that having a pet can lower your blood pressure significantly, especially when combined with blood pressure medication. Petting your dog or cat can also reduce stress hormones and build your white blood cells, boosting your immune system.
Pets Keep You Calm
Research has shown that living with a pet lowers your stress and anxiety levels. Yes, this includes a fish in an aquarium. Spending time with your cat or dog can calm you down, slowing your breath and your thoughts.
Having a Pet Can Help With Dementia
The simple presence of a therapy or companion pet can reduce agitation. They can also increase social interaction and give pleasure to those with dementia. Petting or grooming a cat or dog, tossing a ball or even going for a short walk can increase physical activity and improve appetite.
Pets for Life At Peachtree Place Assisted Living
At PeachTree Place Assisted Living you don’t need to worry about leaving a beloved companion behind. Unlike with many other assisted living facilities, you or your loved one can bring your cat or dog with you when you join our Salt Lake City area community. We may even consider other small pets (such as a guinea pig, bird, or fish) on a case by case basis. Call us today for a tour of our assisted living apartments and facilities and discover the amazing amenities we offer to our residents.