New study finds that adults aged 65 and over walk more if they own a dog
For older adults, owning a dog increases the likelihood of achieving World Health Organization (WHO) recommended levels of physical activity according to a study published recently. Physical activity is known to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, multiple cancers and depression. This research adds evidence to show that owning a pet dog can help support health as people age.
"We all know that as we get older we tend to slow down a little," says Professor Daniel Mills, project leader. "By staying active we can improve our health and other aspects of our quality of life. Factors driving higher levels of physical activity in adults are not well defined. We were interested in assessing whether dog ownership has the potential to improve the health of older adults though
"Dog owners were found to walk over 20 minutes more a day and this additional walking was at a moderate pace," says Dr Philippa Dall, lead researcher. "For good health WHO recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week. Over the course of a week this additional 20 minutes walking each day may in itself be sufficient to meet these guidelines. Our findings represent a meaningful improvement in physical activity achieved through dog walking."
Blistering hot, summer days and nights are on the way in northern Nevada and keeping Washoe County seniors cool is a real concern this time of year. KOLO TV and Washoe County Senior Services announce the return of the Fan Drive for Washoe County seniors. The community is encouraged to donate new fans for seniors who have no way of staying cool.
Seniors, ages 60 and older, who do not have air conditioning or are in need of a fan to help cool their home are encouraged to contact Washoe County Senior Services at (775) 3282575 or stop by the Senior Center at 1155 E. 9th Street, Building E., Reno. Fans will be collected through August 31. Drop off or pickup is between 93 p.m., MondayFridays.
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