puppyOne of the many benefits that Collington has to offer Seniors is that they allow pets on campus. The pets must be approved by the Pet Committee which evaluates the pets of new residents to make sure they do not hinder the health and safety of those around them. Friendly pets like Pat Kirkham’s dog, Buddy, have a positive impact on residents that pass him by. No one can walk by him without a smile coming to their face. Take a look at a few ways that having a dog can improve your senior health.


Can Help Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

According to Harvard Health, owning a dog is likely to be associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association also supports that statement by saying, “Pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, may play a casual role in reducing CVD risk” (AHA Scientific Statement).


Improves Exercise Habits

It is important to take your pets on a walk every day. Not only do they need exercise, but exercising is crucial to your health too. Pet owners are less likely to be obese due to more physical activity than those without pets. There are also many psychological benefits to walking your dog. Collington’s grounds offer hundreds of acres of land for you and your pet to enjoy, so start taking advantage of the land along with this beautiful weather!


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Reduces Stress

There are various benefits to having a dog. Reduced stress is a huge one of them. Coming home to a dog that is ecstatic to see you will always brighten even the darkest of days, even more so than a fellow human could.  Here are some other benefits to having a dog as a way to improve senior health.


Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Owning a pet has been linked to the decrease in cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about how dogs can help reduce stress, obesity, and cholesterol.


Helps with Depression

Dogs can help you bounce back after the loss of a loved one. They are there for you when you need them most. Dealing with losing someone close to you is never easy, but furry friends can be the medicine you need to start feeling like yourself again. By reducing loneliness, stress, and depression, dogs live up to their name of being man’s best friend.