You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can give an old person a dog! Walking a dog has significant health benefits for senior citizens, says a study in The Medical Journal of Australia.

Compared to elderly subjects who didn’t walk a dog, those who did reported less stress and improved wellbeing. Even patting and talking to a dog improved the body’s “rest and digest” functions. Don’t wait ’till you’re old and gray to get your own fido. Research suggests that a furry friend can make you more relaxed and fit at any age!

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