Dogs may just be the secret to senior well-being
Seniors who want to live longer, be healthier and be more integrated into the community should consider getting a dog. Researchers at the University of Missouri recently dug into data from the 2012 Health and Retirement Study and revealed many upsides to dog ownership. For example, seniors who share a strong bond with their dogs walk 12 percent more than those without a four-legged friend. These walks around the neighborhood also helped seniors to dodge loneliness as they interact regularly with fellow dog owners and others in the community. Furthermore, according to researchers, integrating dog visits in senior living facilities could boost emotional, physical and social well-being on a larger scale.