Following Valentine's Day, people may still be so inspired by the spirit of love that they want to channel those emotions elsewhere. Luckily, Feb. 20 is National Love Your Pet Day, a perfect time for individuals in retirement communities to embrace the animals in their lives or pick up a pet if they don't already have one.
Regardless of which animals you prefer - whether they be cats and dogs or birds and pigs - now is the time to express affection for this special significant other in your life. AAA suggests treating your dogs to homemade biscuits or taking them on an especially long walk. Cats may be more keen on getting extra tummy rubs or receiving a new scratching post. No matter your pet, you can celebrate the day by awarding them with their favorite treats, which will put everyone in a pleasant mood.
If you don't have a pet, this holiday may present a great opportunity for you to adopt one. Not only will you be helping an animal in need of a home, but you can also reap a number of benefits. Pet Partners pointed out that seniors with pets are often more motivated to stay active and socialize with others than those without animal companions. In addition, keeping a pet has been known to lower people's blood pressure and reduce stress, both of which would enhance your quality of life.
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.
On July 30, the team and residents at Sunrise of Lynn Valley in North Vancouver, B.C., welcomed their newest resident into their lives and home. Coco, a four-year-old Poodle/Bichon mix, is petite, but full of life!
Lulu is a Golden Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix who is about 5, although this is an estimate because she is a rescue.