A Furry Retirement!

Here at MWG Senior Services, we want to promote health living for our clients in retirement. For those who don't know, the term "wellness" is defined as practicing daily healthy habits to gain better physical and mental health outcomes. There are so many options for creating a healthy lifestyle, such as adding a furry friend to your home!

Below are some common benefits to having an animal around you:

More social interaction

  • Going to pet-friendly parks or beaches are great ways to gain connections with new people.
  • Have you ever been walking down the street and seen someone with a cute pet? Most people are more likely to address someone with an animal, as opposed to if they did not. People naturally are drawn to pets, which can promote social interaction.

Companionship

  • If you live alone, a pet would be a great companion for you. Not only will this reduce loneliness, but it will also create a bond that you never knew you needed!

Decreased blood pressure

  • For people in the range of 65-74 years old, 62% of men and 67% of women struggle with high blood pressure.
  • Having a pet in your home helps your body release a relaxed hormone, which will decrease levels of stress and lower blood pressure.

Increase physical health

  • In retirement, it's important to incorporate activity in your daily routine. People that have pets are more likely to be physically active playing catch or going for walks with their animals.
  • Dog owners are known to walk more, which lowers the chances for heart problem.

Added security

  • There are many people who have security pets for their mental health. A cat naturally has a calming presence, which will make a serene environment to live in.
  • If you are fearful living alone, a dog such as a German Sheppard will make your home feel more safe and secure. Having a companion that you have built a trusted bond with will protect you if harm ever came your way.

If you are unsure how to find a pet that will be the perfect companion for you, try the following:

  1. Take a pet quiz to determine which matches best with your personality.
  2. Start off by fostering a rescue animal from a local shelter.
  3. Research certain breeds you are interested in to learn more.

We hope these tips help you find a health retirement! If you need any assistance with enrolling in Medicare or retirement insurance, be sure to call MWG Senior Services at (877) 759-5760 or email seniorservices@morganwhite.com.