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Enjoying Life with Your Pet in a Retirement Community

By: Country Meadows |

At Country Meadows, our residents bring the best parts of their lives with them—pets included. While living in a retirement community may be a change for the resident and pet, it certainly doesn’t change the enjoyment of pet ownership. Now your pet may have even more admirers. Here are a few ways residents enjoy their pets at our communities and the benefits they receive.

  • Take your dog for a scenic walk around the campus. Dogs can be great motivators to keep moving. Pets need exercise and encourage their owners to be active and go outside for fresh air. Think of them as loving personal trainers!
  • Play with your pet to keep up its (and your) heart rate. Seeing a pet enjoy itself promotes a healthy and happy way of life for both of you.
  • Walk your dog a few doors down to visit with a neighbor. Pets can help build friendships.
  • Bring your dog to a social activity to receive neighborly affection. Pets can be a good conversation starter to meet someone new.
  • Cozy up with your pet while reading, knitting or putting together a puzzle. A pet’s companionship helps lower blood pressure, cholesterol and even triglyceride levels, reducing the risk of a heart attack or aiding in the recovery from one.
  • Groom your pet while watching TV, talking on the phone or speaking softly to it. A loving touch is a bonding experience.
  • Give your pet a gentle squeeze or pat. Showing affection can lower the risk of depression and stress for both of you. A pet’s company can combat loneliness, while boosting your mood.
  • Enjoy fulfilling pet ownership responsibilities. Nurturing fosters a sense of purpose and family.

For those residents who do not own a pet and appreciate animals, our communities have house pets for residents, visitors and co-workers to enjoy at their leisure. And therapy pets visit frequently. Country Meadows helps make life better—even for pets.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health

Country Meadows is a pet-friendly and pet-loving community.

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