Owning a pet may help many seniors to reduce their stress levels while also offering them some company, it has been claimed.
In news that may be of interest to those looking for active living advice, the British organization Saga has stated that 90 per cent of the people surveyed have an animal at home as a companion.
And 86 per cent of pet owners chose a dog or cat to help get their endorphins flowing which can result in feelings of happiness and contentment.
Nearly half of these (48 per cent) said having an animal chum had also helped to relieve their stress levels, while 44 per cent claimed it had made them healthier, increased their exercise levels and improved their lifestyle.
However, many respondents still had concerns about the responsibility of owning a pet.
While 93 per cent admitted to being worried about vets bills, 92 per cent were fearful of losing their furry loved-ones through illness or old age.
But 72 per cent were most concerned about the cosmetic appearance of their pampered pet, claiming a glossy coat was a high priority.
Meanwhile, LA-based Hollywood Grooming has claimed that good hygiene is just as important to animals as it is to people in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.