It’s no secret – seniors can greatly benefit from furry companions. At Sunrise, we understand the wonder of pets and warmly welcome them into our communities. In fact, each Sunrise community has its own set of house pets. Each dog or cat is carefully chosen for our communities based on a calm, friendly demeanor that jives with our senior residents and their relaxed lifestyle. Many of our pets are rescue animals that are eager to befriend so many smiling faces!
It’s proven that pets provide amazing health benefits for people of all ages. Our canine and feline friends can actually make use healthier. Here are just some of the reasons why.
PETS MAKE US FEEL GOOD
Talking to or cuddling with a pet has been shown to ease chronic pain from arthritis and migraines and increase brain activity, which helps ward off or lessen the effects of depression.
THEY KEEP US MOVING
The American Animal Hospital Association reports that petting, walking, playing and cleaning up after a pet gives us a sense of purpose and keeps us active. Pet care benefits our joint health and flexibility.
PETS ENCOURAGE US TO STAY SOCIAL
Pets protect against isolation and provide older adults with more opportunities for friendly interaction. It's fun to chat about a pet’s endearing habits and appearance.
PETS HELP OUR HEARTS
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pet companionship can also help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and encourage healthier heart rates.
Learn more about our pet philosophy and pets at Sunrise, here.
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