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The Healthy Benefits of Pet Ownership

SGV resident Pat Smith says it just wouldn’t feel like home without her faithful companion, Mia.

Evidence suggests that four-legged friends provide a number of health benefits for older adults, according to Pet Partners, a nonprofit organization that promotes positive human-animal interactions to improve the physical, emotional and psychological lives of both.  A number of studies have shown that seniors who own pets actually go to the doctor less with minor health issues.

Additionally, research has shown that interacting with animals can help people decrease their cholesterol levels, fight depression and may even help protect against heart disease and stroke. And, the companionship that pets provide motivates older adults to be more involved in daily activities and encourages socializing.

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