Looking for the fountain of youth? Get a dog! A recent study published in Preventive Medicine shares that dog owners over the age of 65 can turn back the clock by as much as 10 years.
Advantages of Owning a Dog
Your furry friend may help:
And, a study at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland found that dog owners over the age of 65:
But, do pets cause falls?
Do you trip over Fido?
In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control found that in a year, more than 86,000 Americans went to the ER because of a fall linked to a pet. And these were mostly from dogs.
If you’re thinking about getting a dog, or if you already have a furry companion, here are a few tips to help reduce your risk of falling:
When does a fall need medical attention?
There are no hard and fast rules for knowing when to get care after a fall. But here are some things to think about:
If there is pain or bleeding that doesn't stop right away, you should call 911.
Lastly, make sure you tell your doctor about any falls at your next visit. Also bring up if you felt faint or dizzy before the fall.
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