August ushers in the “Dog Days of Summer,” a term used to describe the hottest months of the year, but at Marrinson Senior Care communities, that expression has a whole new meaning.

Many adults looking to move to a senior community are faced with the prospect of having to give up their beloved pets because they are either unable to adequately care for their special friends, or the property does not permit them.

Interaction with pets is heartwarming and rewarding for all of us.  However, there are extra benefits when you get older and reside in a Senior Living community. Scientific research has shown that interaction with animals fulfills not only emotional needs, but also has proven health benefits. According to research conducted by the Cleveland Clinic having a pet of any kind boosts not only your mood, but also contributes to keeping your brain and heart healthy. Physiology helps explain why animals are such effective therapists for all of us, says Marwan Sabbagh, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health: “Simply petting an animal can decrease the level of the stress hormone cortisol and boost release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, resulting in lowered blood pressure and heart rate and, possibly, in elevated mood.”

Additionally, interaction with animals often leads to lower levels of depression. Further, according to the Journal of the American Heart Association, lower blood pressure and increased activity found in some pet owners led to having healthier hearts.

Whether the pet belongs to the senior resident or not, it creates an interaction with all the residents that stimulate the brain and the heart.  At all of our Senior Living Communities pets are welcome and embraced. Additional help in caring for the pets is always available.

Marrinson Senior Communities also have a “resident bird community” at each of our locations.  Throughout the day, you can always see the residents interacting with these “feathered friends.”

There are organizations such as Personal Ponies and Share-A-Pet that make a point of visiting our communities, whether they are Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing or Rehabilitation.

On many occasions, therapy dogs are brought in to visit and interact with the residents. One particular Senior Living Community, Williamsburg Landing has even hosted the therapy dog graduation for the Share-A-Pet Association.  As Administrator Nicole Sutton says, “It is all about the interaction and unconditional love that a pet provides.” We welcome you to the Dog (and other pets) Days of SUMMER at Marrinson Senior Care Communities, and look forward to many more happy seasons with you and your beloved companions.