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Pawsitive Living How Pets Boost Health and Happiness

Pawsitive Living: How Pets Boost Health and Happiness

Blog  |  June 26, 2024

Did you know that the American Heart Association found that owning a furry (or scaly, or hairy) companion reduces a person’s mortality rate by 24 percent?

This month we invite you to explore the wonderful world of pet-friendly living and delve into the numerous health benefits of owning a pet. Pets are more than just companions; they’re beloved family members who bring boundless love and joy. From majestic dogs to gentle cats, Lutheran Life communities embrace pets of all kinds. 

The Health Benefits of Pets.

Pets offer a myriad of health benefits, particularly for older adults. Research has shown that regular pet interaction can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, decrease chronic pain and boost overall mental well-being. These benefits are particularly valuable for older adults, helping to alleviate feelings of loneliness and providing a sense of purpose and companionship. Plus, all that unconditional love that pets shower on us every day has to help. It definitely makes you smile.

One of the most significant advantages of owning a dog is the opportunity for excuse-free physical activity. Having a dog by your side makes walking less like exercise or a chore and more like a joyful adventure. An active game of fetch can burn a lot of calories. Dogs thrive on outdoor activities and love nothing more than a good romp on one of our many walking trails or a relaxing afternoon in our pet-friendly areas. We have good news on that front: Pleasant View, Luther Oaks and Wittenberg Village all host very walkable locales where dogs and their owners have room to roam. 

And let’s face it. Even on those rainy days, when we prefer to be cuddled up inside, when you see that tail wagging and smiling brown eyes looking up asking for a walk, we stoically put on that coat, grab the umbrella and get out there. And we are so thankful for our dogs who give us one more reason to keep moving.

Creating a Pet-Friendly Community.

Tail wags and happy purrs are integral to community life at Lutheran Life Communities. We understand the importance of creating a welcoming environment for both residents and their furry friends. From designated walking areas to pet-friendly amenities, our communities are designed to accommodate pet owners’ needs, ensuring that every member feels valued and included.

“Caring for a pet not only fills our lives with joy and companionship but also provides a powerful boost to our physical and emotional well-being,” said Jennifer Darnell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Lutheran Life Communities. “Some of our team members bring their dogs to work with them. They love going on walks, seeing friends and meeting residents. In the simple act of wagging their tails, dogs remind us to embrace each moment with enthusiasm and unconditional love.”

From companionship and emotional support to improved physical health to increased social interaction, our furry friends enrich our lives in countless ways. Lutheran Life Communities are pet-friendly, so residents can enjoy the joy of companionship while embracing a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle. So why wait? Join us and experience the “pawsitive” power of community living!

Residents Rob and Lynne with their Jack Russell Terrier, “Trini.”

Residents Rob and Lynne with their Jack Russell Terrier, “Trini.”