Many studies have discovered that pets can be very beneficial for the elderly. For example the various tasks that goes along with caring for a dog such as taking them for a walk offers good cardiovascular exercise for seniors. Additionally petting, grooming and feeding a pet help to keep seniors engaged in life and give them a sense of purpose.
Pets also offer unconditional love and their loyal companionship can help alleviant loneliness. Research points to evidence that pet and human interactions can help to lower cholesterol levels, fight depression, and reduce stress, which is why it is so beneficial to the elderly. In fact researchers report that “15 minutes bonding with an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin.”
It used to be that when someone moved into a retirement community they had to give up their pet. Now more and more senior living communities have recognized the benefits of pets and allow seniors to bring them. Pets can even be beneficial to others living in the community and help draw out residents that may not be very communicative.
At MorningStar at Bear Creek, we could not agree more about the benefits of pets. Our community is pet friendly and we often have visiting animals to our community. Our care leverages not only the power of animals but also music, dance, art, and aromatherapy to heal and comfort residents.
Please visit our website to learn about our exceptional community. Designed by the award-winning firm of Thoma-Holec Design, our in-house amenities include a fitness room, bistro, salon and two great rooms where residents gather and dine as a family. As soon as you step through our door, you will discover a warm and loving atmosphere that feels like a true home.
MorningStar at Bear Creek brings a unique vision to senior living with our mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. We are dedicated to creating a true home for residents within an ideal setting and invite you to schedule a tour to see firsthand the best memory care in Colorado Springs.