Research continues to show a strong correlation between pet ownership and a number of benefits to seniors. Everything from helping the elderly to stay physically active, to lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, providing companionship and making depression less likely are attributed to having a pet. In fact there are several studies that indicate that patients with heart problems do better when they are responsible for a pet.
Not only do pets offer lots of affection and unconditional love but they can also help seniors cope with the loss of a loved one. In an article from AgingCare.com, a New Jersey psychotherapist, Dr. Jay P. Granat, discusses some of the other intangibles that pets offer to the elderly. He states that, "Dogs—and other pets—live very much in the here and now. They don't worry about tomorrow. And tomorrow can be very scary for an older person. By having an animal with that sense of now, it tends to rub off on people."
At MorningStar Senior Living of Billings, we wholeheartedly agree that pets provide many benefits to seniors, which is why we are proud that our community is pet friendly. Along with our residents’ pets, we also have a special “house dog” that provides companionship and warmth throughout our entire community.
Grace, an adorable Golden Doodle, is a gentle, loving dog who is a big hit with all of our residents and staff. Grace joined our MorningStar family in 2015 and we all agree she is the cutest, most cuddly dog in the world! Feel free to stop by and meet our girl.
MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with a mission “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting team members with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents, we encourage you to visit to see for yourself our exceptional community for independent and assisted living.