Discover how pets can boost healthy aging

Being a pet owner is a big responsibility, but it also brings boundless joy, comfort, and love to our lives as well. And many older adults clearly believe that the benefits of having a furry friend far outweigh the drawbacks: In a national poll on healthy aging from the University of Michigan, 55 percent of adults ages 50 to 80 reported having a pet.

Seniors who open their hearts and homes to a four-legged friend can bring much more than just joy and unconditional love—studies show a link between having a furry companion and decreased cholesterol levels, reduced blood pressure, and decreased triglyceride levels. Pets also minimize feelings of loneliness, which for older adults can increase the risk of cognitive decline, a weakened immune system, obesity, and more.

At The Providence, we make pets feel right at home, because we know they’re members of the family. And even if your loved one isn’t prepared to take on the responsibility that comes with having their own pet, they may just find themselves making new furry friends here in our community.