Aging is inevitable, but it can be better if you get a pet. University of Michigan researchers polled 2,000 adults ages 50 to 80. Fifty-five percent said they owned at least one pet– most owned dogs, but no matter the type of animal, the majority of owner said their pets boosted their mental and physical health. Ninety percent said their animals helped them enjoy life and feel loved; about 80 percent said their pets reduced stress; and nearly 75 percent said their pet gave them a sense of purpose. Study authors say if you can’t own a pet you could try volunteering at an animal shelter, arranging pet therapy visits, or pet sitting. (Time)

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