Dog Ownership & Senior Mental Health

Many already know that owning or having the companionship of a dog can be of considerable help in improving the health of seniors. Now a definitive study by Missouri University agrees with those of us who already knew and understood the value of seniors, among others, of having a dog.

The study found that that canine companionship can improve the health and overall outlook of seniors in that it creates an important bond between the senior and his/her companion. For those who are ambulatory, walking the dog, getting out into parks and socializing with others and other physical activity associated with the care and feeding of a dog translates to fewer trips to see a doctor. After a short period of building an understanding with a pet, many seniors feel that the very term “owning” dog is something of a misinterpretation. A real love with his/her companion can be likened in some ways, if not to marriage, at least a partnership, each driving certain pleasures and benefits from the devoted companionship of the other.

The team researched data from the health and retirement study (2012), which was sponsored by the National Institute on Aging as well as the SSA. This also included information on the interactions between humans and animals, their physical activity, and doctor visits needed as well as health in general in its national sample of participants.

The team affirmed that dog/human alliances benefit from the bond created between the human and the dog. A stronger bond also indicates that dog walking and other pet-related exercises resulted in better health for the seniors as well as, frequently, new friendships and social activities due to the interaction with other dog walkers.

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention recommends about two hours of moderate physical activity per adult of all ages; their study indicates that dog walking is not only an effective way to keep up to this minimum level but provides a satisfying way for seniors to get the most enjoyment from their physical activity.

Rebecca Johnson (MU College of Vet. Medicine) said that knowing and understanding these results might provide a basis for medical professionals to recommend the acquisition of a pet to older adults. All this may be translated into fewer doctor visits and lower health care expenses for our aging population.

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Johnson added in addition that encouraging a pet-friendly policy in retirement communities could enable residents t enjoy not only the many health benefits of canine companionship but an opportunity to have more social interactions with peers. This sort of pet-friendly environment might include such amenities as dog walking trails, etc.

Many other recent studies from affirm this human/pet research and the benefits of sharing one’s later years with a loyal pet, but this can also apply to people of all ages, not merely seniors.

A study done in 2015 by a Swedish team studied the data collected by more than a million Swedish children. Their study indicated that those who grew up with the companionship of a dog had a fifteen percent lower risk of contracting asthma.

Last year, in a study done by a U.S. team and published in the journal Preventive Chronic Disease, found that children with a pet dog had lower anxiety scores. This, the team believes, is directly attributable to the bond created between children and their furry friends.

Another study done in 2013 by Las Vegas Dog Hotel and Daycare indicated another way, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, that having a canine companion may be good for our health. At first, this latter may sound a bit far-fetched, but researchers mostly agree that the germs a dog will bring into your home may be good for your overall health. Although this may, at first, not sound like a good idea, studies show that homes with dogs had a wider variety of bacteria than homes without pets. This extra bacterial activity in the home helps to strengthen our immune systems.

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Maintaining good dental health is important as many people would agree. What makes a trip to the dentist unpleasant however comes down to several factors that can cause many to put off such a visit until it is truly needed. This can only make matters worse considering that stepping into a bad dentist’s office could deter many people from ever going to the dentist at all. Thankfully there are several ways you can tell if your dentist isn’t worth keeping.

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How to Workout at a Playground

You can make getting into shape fun, just like child’s play. Games that children may partake in within gym classes or even on playgrounds can be as challenging and difficult as your very own workout plan you currently participate in. The children’s routines are probably more fun to partake in then yours is. Of course, we will not sit here and tell you that playing duck, duck, goose or wave a rainbow-colored parachute around will make you lean but there are a few exercises that personal trainers use to help youth members continue staying lean with along with helping their speed, endurance, and their coordination.

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Habits That Can Help You In Reaching Your Fitness Goal


Belly fat is the worst type of fats and makes you look crap. It also creates other health issues like diabetes, obesity, heart diseases etc. And there is no magic trick to lose that stubborn belly fat. To lose it you will have to work hard, really hard. A healthy diet with proper workout is the key to get rid of belly fat. So here are tips that can help you in getting the beautiful flat stomach.

You can stay fit all your life by making small changes in your daily routine. When you do these small changes you will see the change in your body, a healthy change. I constantly incorporate good habits in my lifestyle to stay fit and healthy.

You can also try, here they are:

Watch what you eat: Most people don’t even realize how much calories they are consuming in whole day. So have a look at what you are eating. Sit down and write what you are eating in whole day then only you will come to know your calories intake. This way you will be able to control your diet.

Fill your fridge with fruits and vegetables: If you fill your fridge with all the unhealthy snacks and junk food then nothing can stop you from eating that. So always stock it with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Stop eating when you are 80 % full: This helps in reducing your weight also. Always have small meals rather than a heavy large meal. Smaller meal will also digest easily.

Avoid overeating: Before eating your favorite dish drink a glass of water to avoid overeating. Overeating not only makes you fat but also upset your digestion system.

Eat when you feel hungry: The best time to eat is when you are feeling hungry not when some dietician or doctor has advised you to eat. If you deprived yourself of food when your body needs it then that means you are punishing your body.

Make fitness an enjoyable journey: Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t put yourself on highly restrictive diets and hard workouts. Take it easy. Enjoy what you do and what you eat to make your fitness journey smooth.

Eat your food comfortably without any distraction: When you eat food while watching tv or reading magazine, you tend to eat more because you don’t pay attention to what you are stuffing your mouth with. So eat your food peacefully while enjoying every bit of it.

Never skip breakfast: It is the most important meal of your day. So never skip it.

Eat in a small plate or bowl: If you eat in a large plat you will end up eating more. So eat in a small plate.

Don’t drink your calories: Avoid cold drinks as they are full of calories. Drink water instead and stay healthy and fit.