Have you ever noticed how snuggling and petting a dog, or giving a cat on your lap gentle strokes seems to create a sense of calm and wellbeing? Turns out, there is a scientific reason behind these good vibe feelings.
Pets and Health
According to an article in TIME magazine, pets can improve your health and happiness. People who have pets tend to have lower blood pressure, heart rate and heart-disease risk than those who don’t. Those health boosts may come from the extra exercise that playing and walking require, and the stress relief of having a steady best friend on hand.
Scientists are now digging up evidence that animals can also help improve mental health, even for people with challenging disorders. Though the studies are small, the benefits are impressive enough that clinical settings are opening their doors to animal-assisted interventions–pet therapy, in other words–used alongside conventional medicine.
The rise of animal therapy is backed by increasingly serious science showing that social support–a proven antidote to anxiety and loneliness–can come on four legs, not just two. Animals of many types can help calm stress, fear and anxiety in young children, the elderly and everyone in between.
Pets and Martin Luther Campus
That is why most Ebenezer locations welcome our furry friends along with their human counterparts to our senior living communities. We have witnessed the joy a dog can bring to the face of an elder, even a nonverbal, expressionless dementia resident. They suddenly light up and reach out for the dog. We have also seen animals bring together residents and help forge new friendships. It is a common denominator that people love - sharing funny and meaningful stories about their pets. As long as pets are well behaved/good neighbors - they help bring life into all our Ebenezer homes. Martin Luther Campus is a pet-friendly location. Contact us for more information.
Martin Luther Campus is part of the Ebenezer family of Lutheran Senior Care Communities. We provide transitional care and assisted living apartments for seniors in Bloomington. We also have adult day clubs and memory care programs for seniors living at home. We’re located at 1401 East 100th St. Bloomington, MN. Are you interested in transitioning to assisted living or do you have a loved one that needs assisted living? Call us at 952.888.7751.
Director of Community Relations
Hello friends, my name is Luke and I'd love to share with you ALL of the wonderful things happening at Martin Luther Campus. Be sure to check our Blog, Lifestyle page and Facebook page often to stay updated on the happenings at our community!