Good friendships also decrease the physical risk of disease by diminishing blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol. In addition, the psychological benefits of companionship include: increased self-esteem, decreased stress, and a sense of belonging. Friendship provides you with a solid support system which promotes a sense of inspiration and fosters emotional and physical support.
By the same token, older adults can benefit from having a pet. In particular, dogs are great for seniors and can open them up to new activities and interests. Also known as mankind’s longest-standing animal companions, are known to provide emotional support and act as human replacements for people living alone. Taking care of a pet can fulfill the want to be needed and the desire to be useful or valued. According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, elderly people who welcome these furry companions into their lives can see a decrease in loneliness. All things considered, a pet’s ability to be non-judgmental, help us feel needed, and offer unconditional love and trust can have major effects on your health.
Our Director of Recreational Services, Nicholas Richmond, explained that “At Spring Hills Senior Communities, we provide a warm, welcoming and well-supervised environment. Our experienced staff members pair residents with caregivers that share in their interests, cultural values, and beliefs. Additionally, our care partners are an invaluable asset to the health and happiness of our Spring Cottage Memory Care Environment. We take the necessary time to make sure that all of our seniors are provided with staff that are fully equipped to suit their needs. This allows for the mind, body, and spirit of our residents to be enhanced through their relationship with their care provider.”