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FREE LUNCH CONTEST - Date 06/25/2014
We would like to show our gratitude to all of our wonderful residents at Prairie Villas Apartments by giving you a FREE LUNCH!
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Thank you for making Prairie Villas a great place to live.
Animals have moved from the backyard into the bedrooms. ….and it might just save your life! - Date 06/05/2014
We realize that these days a back yard comes at a premium, but is that the real reason 80% of pet owners allow their pets to sleep on their bed? There are a number of reasons why people choose to have pets, but did you know there there are a number of proven health benefits for pet owners, including physical, mental and emotional improvements.
We all know that a pet’s love fills the heart but does it improve the physical heart health? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) both seem to think so. Dr. Deborah Wells of Queen’s University, Belfast, for the British Journal of Health Psychiatry, also found that dog owners tend to suffer less from ill health, decreased levels in blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride which in turn reduce the risk of heart attacks. Dr Wells also stated that dog owners who had experienced a heart attack were 8.6% more likely to be alive one year following the attack than those who did not own dogs.
Breathe Easier? Yes! Forget that old mindset that a family pet could be the cause of allergies in your children. University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician James E. Gern has conducted a number of studies that demonstrate having a pet in the home can actually lower a child's likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent. In fact, his research -- as published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology -- shows if a dog lived in the home, infants were less likely to show evidence of pet allergies, less likely to have eczema, and showed higher levels of immune system chemicals.
They don’t call them Man’s best friend for nothing. We all know pets will offer you unconditional love regardless of the type of day you have had, but did you know that it has been found pets also reduce depression? Caring for a pet gives a sense of purpose, which is critical in fighting the blues. They provide companionship, which reduces feelings of loneliness and in turn brings joy to their owners.
Need some motivation to get off the couch? Well your furry friends might just be the motivation you need to get up and go for a walk outside. You could choose to ignore your pet’s plea and suffer the consequences of an accident inside. I think I’ll get up! Don’t you?
In addition to motivation, the additional exercise can lead to lower stress levels and overall health benefits. Consider this, Midland life Insurance company of Columbus Ohio asks their clients over the age of 75 if they have a pet as part of their medical screening. This often tips the scale in their favor as "Studies have shown that Alzheimer's patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home," as quoted from Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Walking the pet or tending to its needs provides exercise and companionship for the elderly lowering the risk in this particular medical policy.
Pets won’t necessarily make you the life of the party but they will definitely serve as icebreakers, conversation topics, and can be the common factor to help otherwise different people connect. Pets seem to break down the communication barriers for those who tend to be shy or not as extroverted.
Forget internet dating, a dog might be what you need. “We have very strict unspoken rules on how physically close we get to one another depending on the relationship,” said Deborah Wood, author of The Dog Lover’s Guide to Dating: Using Cold Noses to Find Warm Hearts, adding that, during a typical conversation, people tend to stand about three feet apart. “The moment we add a dog, however, they change.”
So come lease with us, and bring your pet into your bedroom at Prairie Villas Apartments, it may just save your life.
Gern, Dr. James E. "Effects of dog ownership and genotype on immune development and atopy in infancy." Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 02/11/2004.
McCartney, Dr. Jennifer. "Vet Talk: Health Benefits of Pet Ownership." 02/16/2009. http://www.yorknewstimes.com/articles/2009/02/16/news/doc499863da54963000243651.txt
Dr. Deborah Wells of Queen’s University, Belfast, for the British Journal of Health Psychiatry, Domestic dogs and human health: An overview. Article first published online 24 Dec 2010
National Institute of Health. "Can Pets Keep You Healthy? Exploring the Human-Animal Bond." 02/2009. http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2009/February/feature1.htm
Deborah Wood, Author. “The Dog Lover’s Guide to Dating: Using Cold Noses to Find Warm Hearts.”. http://www.amazon.com/The-Dog-Lovers-Guide-Dating/dp/0764525018
Saloman, Laurie. "Can a Pet Help You Defeat Depression?" Quality Health. 04/06/2009. http://www.qualityhealth.com/depression-articles/pet-help-you-defeat-depression
Nadine Kaslow, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University in Atlanta. http://www.emory.edu/grady/emory-at-grady/doctors/kaslow.html