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Have Pets? Great! We Welcome Them!

Have you ever known a senior closer to their pet than their children? Or, spoil their pets more than they would have ever their own children? I am talking from experience, as my own father just received a new power wheel chair and who gets to ride on it first? You guessed it, his little toy poodle his sitting high and mighty on his lap~! Sophie now has him trained to take her out for a potty break by jumping up in his power chair.

Since I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Eden Alternative early on with Dr. Bill Thomas, the Center for Aging studies at the University of Missouri Columbia developed a facility that integrated pets, children and life-long education as its teaching community. The program still exists today, and greatly improved by Dr. Marylin Ranz, School of Nursing.

So what will make Anthem Lakes special? This community of Pets and Nature is an integral part of why we can say “Finally, a Better Choice.” You do not have to leave the quality of life that you have by leaving your pet behind. Our community will have a dog park, grooming stations and pet therapy sessions for all to enjoy.

Will we allow other pets besides dogs? Yes, but with the guidance of our consulting veterinarians, staff and resident leadership. What we do believe is that pets create a bond that goes creates value and health for our communities. On an article recently featured by, pets can contribute to greater overall well-being of seniors in the following ways:

  • Combats loneliness
  • Keeps you more active
  • Creates a more consistent schedule
  • Associate with reduced health conditions such as lower blood pressure

Dr Brune

Dr. Brune has more than 25 years of experience extending from acute hospital administration to home healthcare services. His academic credentials include his designation as a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare. Dr. Brune has applied these philosophies of care in the development and operation of 19 long-term care facilities, two retail and wholesale pharmacy operations, two MRDD and one mental health facility. He has over $150 million of construction management development experience.

Anthem Lakes in Atlantic Beach, part of the Jacksonville Florida metro area, is a full-service, multi-tier, active senior living community. Newly constructed and opened in Spring 2017, Anthem Lakes offers 91 senior retirement units for independent living and assisted living and 28 units for those with memory care needs. The community sits on 14 acres with a lake and campus for outdoor activities and enjoyment and is near Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. Anthem Lakes is the first location of a local and national partnership that seeks to provide unique options for senior living and state-of- the-art memory care. For more information, call 904-583- 5399 or visit the on-site leasing office at 905 Assisi Lane, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.


Anthem Lakes Resident

Ed H.

“This time last year we were having mother’s 90th birthday and we were wondering what the best place was going to be [for her]…”

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