Pets Play an Increasingly Important Role at Senior Living Centers

cat healthDid you know, simply by petting an animal can lower heart rate and body temperature. A recent study by Purina found that seniors with pets had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

The elderly who interact with pets experience better health and reduced stress. The study also found that older males who have dogs are less likely to die a year after a heart attack than those without dogs.

Hundreds of retirement communities across the country now allow seniors to live with their pets and more and more keep house pets that provide the benefits without the responsibility.


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