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Furry Friends for Older Adults

National Golden Retriever Day. National Love Your Pet Day. National Walking the Dog Day. International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. These are just some of the official and unofficial pet-related holidays in February. We know that isolation can be a significant issue for older adults, especially now when face-to-face interactions are still limited. This begs the question, could a pet help? 

Benefits 

Source: National Poll on Healthy Aging

Challenges 

Other Options 

If you want to reap the benefits of a pet without the challenges, there are options!  

Whatever you choose, make sure you weigh all the pros and cons. A pet (real or robotic) is a lifetime commitment.  

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