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Anybody who owns a dog will surely tell you their four-legged friend has improved their quality of life, and there is ample research to back up their assertion. Most recently, a study from the American Heart Association found that pet ownership may help adults reduce their risk of developing heart disease. There are also many mental health benefits of having a pet nearby, and residents at Sunrise of Annapolis, Md., are testament to that, according to Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch.
It was the first-ever outdoor dog show at Sunrise, and will continue on as an annual tradition. The pups leapt hurdles, fetched dumbbells, scent-tracked missing gloves, dashed through tunnels, walked teeter-totters, wove their bodies through poles, paraded in costumes, and offered love and lots of petting time to everyone. The canine participants did all this and more while Sunrise residents, the public and their dogs enjoyed a fun outdoor dog show at Sunrise Senior Living of Wayne, NJ, on June 22. Our staff all pitched in to provide hydration, sell raffle tickets, usher guests in to watch and answer visitors’ questions that arose.
The love and affection of a canine companion can benefit seniors in a number of ways. Dogs are there for us when we are feeling lonely or sad, and they're always happy to help older adults keep up with their healthy senior living activities, such as going for jogs or walks. The residents at Sunrise of Fort Worth, Texas, know this firsthand, as there is a canine companion who is an important part of the community.
Dogs make great companions for seniors. Not only do canines bring joy and excitement to everyday life, they offer older adults plenty of opportunities to get up and get moving. After all, a dog needs several walks a day and plenty of playtime to live a happy life. Seniors who live in a retirement community may be worried that they'll have to give up on pet ownership, but that's not the case at Sunrise of Barrington near Chicago, Illinois. The community has a beloved pet who lives on the grounds, and she brings happiness to many of the residents who call Barrington home.
Many pet owners can't imagine living without their dogs or cats, but when they are hospitalized, they often have to part with one of their greatest sources of comfort. Fortunately, many hospitals and senior living communities across the United States are recognizing the benefits animals have for seniors, especially when they are being treated for an injury or illness.
Buster and Lulu are special dogs that make residents at Sunrise of Wayland, MA, feel special!
April, the community dog at Sunrise of Newtown Square, PA, is a Jack Russell who loves fashion and has more than 20 custom-made outfits!
The residents and team members at Brighton Gardens of West Orange, NJ, are just wild about their community cat, Harry!