Pets may help slow the rate of dementia in people over 50.


A new study suggests getting it A cute dog in one’s more mature years Might be a good idea after all.

Researchers at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, found that pet ownership may be linked to a slower rate of dementia progression.

The study, published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open, determined that having a pet makes a difference to verbal memory and fluency in adults living alone.

A slower rate of decline in verbal memory and fluency was seen in those who lived alone – but not in those who lived with others, study author Professor Seung Lu said in the study.

“Pet ownership moderates the association between living alone and declining rates of verbal memory and verbal fluency,” he said.

The study included more than 7,900 participants over the age of 50, of whom about 35 percent owned pets and 27 percent of whom lived alone.

In the study, Lowe said people who live alone with a pet have lower rates Developing symptoms of dementia

Researchers have found that owning a pet can help people with dementia. Getty Images

“These findings suggest that pet ownership may be associated with slower cognitive decline in older adults living alone,” he said.

“Unlike living alone,” the authors also wrote, “pet ownership (eg, having dogs and cats) is associated with a reduction in loneliness, which is a significant risk factor for dementia and cognitive decline.”

Clinical trials will be necessary to confirm the study’s findings, Lu said.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), currently, more than 55 million people worldwide suffer from dementia – with approximately 10 million new cases each year.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, currently the seventh leading cause of death, WHO also noted.

Early symptoms of dementia include forgetfulness, confusion, losing track of time, misjudging distances, feeling anxious, personality changes, inappropriate behavior, and more.

There is currently no cure for dementia or anyone who develops dementia symptoms, but the WHO suggests that staying active and continuing to stimulate the brain can help.

Fox News Digital reached out to Lowe for further comment.

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