Study Shows Dogs Keep People a Decade Younger

DOG_TOUCH_FeaturedAccording to a new study, dog owners over the age of 65 have fitness levels a decade younger than their actual age.

This is not the first study to document the positive effects that a dog can have on the elderly, but it is the first to carefully compare the levels of physical activity between older people with and without a dog. The researchers believe that older people could benefit from spending time with a dog, even if the dog did not live with them full-time.

The study showed that older dog owners had a higher level of physical activity compared to the non-dog owning group, and that they were 12 percent more active.

The results of the study showed that the participants who owned dogs had activity levels that matched people a decade younger than them. The researchers are encouraging public health officials to set up walking groups to encourage more exercise, or to consider "dog-loaning" opportunities.

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One thought on “Study Shows Dogs Keep People a Decade Younger

  1. PremierDogs

    Hmmm... I wonder if I get to be 20 years younger because I have two dogs? Hmmm... I think I should head down to the shelter and get one more, just in case my 'multiplication theory' has some validity
    !! 😉

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