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Want to spend your day with adorable puppies, while supporting The Alzheimer’s Association in its mission to end Alzheimer’s in our lifetime? Then join us for our Puppies and Pastries event, July 27, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Arbor Terrace Herndon. This event is sponsored by Arbor Terrace Herndon and Arbor Terrace Fairfax. The festivities begin in the back patio area, and the event is open to the public. 

Puppies, Pastries, and More 

Puppies and Pastries will benefit The Alzheimer’s Association. Donations will be accepted, $5 donation is appreciated to play with puppies.

The event will be a rollicking good time for both four-legged and two-legged attendees. So bring your leashed, well-behaved dogs to enjoy some snacks, water bowls, and a doggie pool. Families will get to enjoy a live band, delicious homemade pastries, a lemonade and tea stand, and cornhole—everyone’s favorite summer game. If we’re lucky, maybe even the pups will even participate.

A photographer will document the event, and there will be multiple raffles. To ensure we have enough pastries and drinks, please RSVP by contacting us before the event date.

More Than Just a Fun Event

This is more than just a chance to pet a few fluffy canine companions. Arbor cares about the health of its residents and their families, and research consistently shows that time with animals can do wonders for your health. The benefits of having a pet include: 

  • Stress relief. 
  • Better heart health, including lower triglyceride levels and lower blood pressure. 
  • Better mental health. 
  • Decreased feelings of loneliness. Some public health officials have warned that loneliness may be as harmful as smoking
  • More opportunities to get moving, meet people, and embrace new activities and new joy. 

Animals are especially beneficial for people with dementia. One study found that therapy animals in memory care can reduce behavioral problems in people with dementia. People with dementia may eat healthier when they have a pet. And of course, having an animal friend can encourage people with dementia to get moving. Exercise may slow the progress of dementia. By drawing attention to Alzheimer’s as part of our event, we’re also emphasizing the role animals can play in improving quality of life for people with dementia. Dementia is not the end of a meaningful life; it’s only a transition to a different way of living. 

Dementia can be scary to young children, who wonder what’s happening to their loved one. At Arbor, we like to help kids understand that their loved one is still in there and still loves them, and that dementia doesn’t have to be so scary. So this event serves a deeper purpose. We’re welcoming kids to come visit their loved ones and spend some time having fun together. In doing so, we hope to demystify dementia and bring families closer together.

Come See Arbor for Yourself! 

This family-friendly event is a great opportunity to come see Arbor for yourself. If you’re considering a move, we’d love to give you a tour and show you what makes us so special. If your loved one is weighing the benefits of a move to Arbor, this is a great chance to ask questions and catch a glimpse of the joyful life your loved one can have in an Arbor community. Arbor is revolutionizing senior care, and continually working to ensure that people with dementia lead happier, dignified lives. So mark your calendars, and bring your pups!

Nicole Ramsey

About the Author: Nicole Ramsey

Nicole comes to us with over 24 years of office management and financial analysis experience. She has a master's degree in Business Administration, is a US Navy veteran and a former business owner. She has had a passion for seniors from a very young age. When not at work she enjoys reading, traveling, cheering on her favorite sports teams and spending time with her loved ones.

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