November is the month to celebrate your furry friends and animals everywhere. Here are a few of the pet-related occasions taking place and ways that those in retirement living can observe them:
Pet Awareness Month
During National Pet Awareness Month, take a few moments to think about the role that animals play in your own life and the lives of others. Did you know that owning a pet can have a positive impact on your health? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, furry friends can help individuals maintain an appropriate cholesterol level, and moderate their blood pressure. Additionally, pets can aid people in staying active and social, and decrease feelings of loneliness.
Adopt A Senior Pet Month
When people think about adopting a pet, many turn toward breeders or opt for a young puppy or kitten. Have you considered adopting a senior pet, though? National Senior Pet Month or Adopt A Senior Pet Month offers the opportunity to remember that choosing an older animal may be right for you. Healthy Pets shared several facts that you may not know about senior pets and reasons for selecting them. According to the source, older animals tend to have a calmer demeanor, which can help create and maintain a relaxing environment in your home.
Because they've already learned positive behavioral traits, many senior pets require little or no training and can easily adapt to a new environment. This means less stress and responsibility for you, and more time to cuddle. People who feel uncertain about taking on a new pet may also want to consider an older cat or dog, because they tend to be set in their ways regarding behavior. If you know what kind of character you want in an animal, an older pet may give you more certainty regarding its personality. This can help both you and your furry friend adapt more easily to living with one another, and present fewer unexpected changes.
Sunrise Senior Living tries to adopt shelter and senior animals whenever possible to give the thousands of rescued dogs and cats another chance at living in a loving environment. If you're thinking of adopting a new pet, you may also want to consider opting for an older animal. Call your local shelter or humane society and ask about opportunities near you.
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month - an effort supported at the many Sunrise Senior Living communities that provide a loving home for rescue dogs. As house pets, Sunrise's furry friends benefit from their new environment while enriching residents' daily lives. Learn more about the perks of having a canine friend and how adopting a shelter dog can provide a meaningful opportunity to enhance your life and that of your new companion:
Millions of Americans have cats or dogs in their homes, and the number of household pets has increased in recent years. According to The Humane Society of the United States, there were about 67 million cats and dogs in homes across the country in 1970, but by 2010 that number had swelled to 164 million. Aside from offering companionship, pets are also believed to provide some considerable health benefits, especially to older adults. A recent study from the University of Rochester seems to confirm these beliefs.
Anybody who has spent time with dogs knows what impact they can have on your mental state. If you're feeling stressed, depressed or anxious, just a few minutes with a four-legged friend can turn your whole outlook around. So it should come as no surprise that canine companions have become an important part of senior living for older adults around the country, and the house pet at Sunrise of Schaumburg is sure to charm even the most reluctant of residents.
Employees at Sunrise Senior Living in Wayne, N.J., recently brought their dogs to work, and it wasn't just to visit the residents. The community hosted a canine competition that featured everything from obstacle courses to costumes - all for a good cause. The event was held in an effort to raise both awareness and funds for Alzheimer's disease research, but it also gave community and area residents the chance to see just what their four-legged friends are made of, according to Wayne Today.