50+ Adults and Pets—Why It’s a Perfect Match

A new study shows older adults who own dogs are more physically active than non-dog owners Simply walking their pets caused senior dog parents in the study to meet internationally recognized exercise goals Researchers also observed that dog owners had fewer continuous periods of sitting down than non-dog

Keep Fit with Your Fur Baby

By Dr. Becker Dog ownership makes sense for Baby Boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964. There are countless benefits to sharing life with a dog, especially for people in their 50s and 60s who are retired or planning for retirement. A canine companion can help you stay physically fit and

Conflicted About Getting a Pet Because You Think You’re Too Old?

Story at-a-Glance Pet ownership offers many physical and emotional benefits for seniors, although practical matters, such as health status, must be considered In a study of older adults, dog walking was associated with lower body mass index, fewer doctor visits, fewer limitations to daily living and

Caring for Aging Pets can be Emotionally and Physically Taxing

Pets age faster than people, so it’s important to be realistic regarding the demands of pet ownership as both you and your pet age. When pets get older, they may have trouble seeing or hearing, or they may require help going up and down stairs. If you’re having trouble with balance, frailty or are

Owning a Pet Is Good for Your Health

Walking is great for your health, including when you’re older, and having a dog is a great impetus for getting out there and walking. In fact, in a study of older adults, dog walking was associated with lower body mass index, fewer doctor visits, fewer limitations to daily living and more frequent

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