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The power of pet therapy is thought to be stronger than any medication, not only for people going through tough times or in poor health, but also for the elderly as well. Proven to increase mental alertness, build self-esteem and decrease loneliness, pets can provide a warm and fulfilling relationship that older people — or indeed all of us — desire.
“Pet ownership for older people can be very beneficial by giving them something to love and care for, as well as a companion in the home, especially if they live alone,” said Dr. Sonny Presnal, director of the Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “I don’t believe there are any appreciable risks, providing that good decisions are made in the choice of a pet for older people.”
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