Seniors and Pets: Health Benefits and Challenges

A buddy to share a morsel of food with, a walking companion, a mischievous friend and a profound comfort. Older adults reap great benefit from caring for dogs, cats or other household animals. Pets may provide a talisman against lonelinessisolation and inactivity. Study after study show the good pets can do.

What happens, however, when a beloved pet becomes chronically ill or disabled? Below, experts share their insights on the health connection between seniors and beloved pets.

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