Pets can help seniors maintain physical, mental functioning

01/13/2010 | San Antonio Express-News

Elderly individuals residing in assisted-living homes, as well as seniors living independently, can benefit from the companionship and stimulation of animal visits or pet ownership, experts say. Studies indicate that in addition to easing loneliness, increasing socialization and encouraging exercise, pets may help older adults overcome depression and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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