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Pet Benefits for Aging Seniors

New Jersey Senior Care News

Having a pet at a senior’s home may be just what the doctor ordered. A three-year study at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia showed that pet owners were healthier than non-owners. This finding could not be explained by such personal differences as cigarette smoking, diet, weight, or socioeconomic profile.

Pet owners were found to have significantly lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels, as well as lower systolic blood pressure readings than non-pet owners. When examining the results, researchers could not find any other factors other than pet ownership that influenced the outcome. Pet owners reported they were more active, but they also drank more alcohol and ate more take-out food.

Lola pictured above, our 7 year old Havanese, is Pet therapy certified and available to visit our senior clients at no extra cost.

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