United States President Ronald Reagan made the observation that “the best thing for the inside of a man is to be on the outside of a horse.”
He could well have been talking about any sort of animal, even those with a digital approach to life.
Animals provide a myriad of benefits for people and that particularly includes those who are getting older. Studies abound that show the health benefits of having companion animals in one’s life. These include physical fitness, gained from taking a pet for a walk, through to increased mental wellbeing.
Pet owners have been found to have lower cholesterol and blood pressure than non-pet owners. Across the whole Animal Kingdom it’s clear that dogs, and cats, bring out the best in people helping them to stay more active and retain their ability to perform daily activities for longer.
The presence of a pooch increases self-esteem and life satisfaction, and dramatically lowers loneliness and rates of depression. So it’s no surprise, then, that pet owners tend to live longer.