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When it comes to caring for the elderly, there are some obvious things that come to mind, and physical health is foremost among them. Given the prevalence of medical conditions relating to the body among the elderly, concerns about broken bones, strokes, and so forth are all vital aspects of care. However, one thing that can sometimes sadly be overlooked is the mental component of elderly care.
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Obviously, there are a variety of benefits animals have when placed with an elderly care taker. They don’t have to worry about finding a safe and warm place to sleep at night, there is always plenty of food around, and constant companionship makes them feel loved and secure. It just so happens that there are also many benefits that seniors can take advantage of when paired with an animal companion. Here are just a few:
Senior centers usually rank near the top of most-widely used services among America's aging adults. According to recent statistics, approximately 11,000 senior citizens cater to over one million senior citizens who frequent those senior centers every year.
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As the number of seniors in the United States passes the 40 million mark, or a full 14 percent of the total US population, many older Americans are wondering how they can stay fit and healthy through their golden years.
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