health benefits for seniors with pets

6 Ways Pets Help Seniors

Many things get better with age and owning a pet is one of them. Research has shown that pet ownership for seniors is beneficial for a healthy heart.

Market Watch reports that “Researchers studied just under 1,800 people between the ages of 25 to 64 who had healthy hearts, almost half of which (42%) owned a dog. And those with canine companions were more likely to practice heart-healthy lifestyle habits such as exercising, eating well and having ideal blood sugar levels than those without a dog.”

The National Poll on Healthy Aging surveyed 2,051 adults aged 50 to 80 last fall, more than half of whom reported owning a pet. And 88% said that their pets helped them enjoy life, and 86% said their pets made them feel loved. The poll sponsored by the AARP and the University of Michigan also reported that 79% of senior pet parents said that their four-legged (or feathered, or finned) friends reduced stress.

Here are 6 ways that having a four legged friend can improve your health:

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