Joan’s Journey: Hollywood Comes To Senior Living

In “Tinsel Town,” aka Hollywood, almost anything is possible, including At-Home Spa PAWdicures for pets. What fun Holiday Villa East (HVE) residents had as our furry friends enjoyed deluxe treatment at a senior discount from Hollywood Grooming. Nail trims, teeth brushing, fur grooming, and lots of love and attention were part of the act “where every pet is a star!”

Joan's Journey - Pet Spa DayOur senior community, located near Hollywood but close to the Pacific Ocean, has a beach atmosphere. Therefore, feline owners declined the bling of paw polish and the glitz of rhinestone bows. We kept to our budgets and loved the experience—and the convenience of not leaving home. My beautiful Ragdoll Breed kitten, Heather who is 11 months, looks absolutely “Red Carpet” ready.

In addition, we have the satisfaction that our best friends and roommates will not scratch us or other residents, or catch long nails on clothes, chairs or carpets. Cat Scratch Disease may cause a serious infection, and cutting cats’ nails, not declawing, is recommended by veterinarians and animal rights groups.

Last Joan’s Journey, I reinvented Cindi Lauper’s ever-popular song from the 1980s, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. For me, the lyrics represent seniors who have worked hard throughout their lives and have reached a milestone where they too want to have fun.

HVE’s Spa PAWdicure Day showcases seniors working with the activity director and a local pet mobile-grooming company toward the common goal of having fun. Senior communities, which allow pet ownership and provide daily meals, housekeeping, planned activities, exercise classes, scheduled transportation and no maintenance concerns, encourage and enhance one’s free time to enjoy life—whatever that means to each individual.

In the next Joan’s Journey follow me on a fun adventure until a spontaneous change of plans and an unwise decision potentially lead to disaster. and I invite you to share your fun experiences in the Comment Section. Until the next Joan’s Journeyers, enjoy the trip day-by-day.

Joan London is a freelance medical and social service writer who specializes in topics on aging. London moved from Maryland to California to enjoy life in a senior living community and enhance her quality of life by living closer to her children and grandchildren

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