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Pet Ownership and Effect on Mental Health in Seniors. Picture of an elderly caucasian female hugging a small black dog.

Pet Ownership and Effect on Mental Health in Seniors

As people get older, there is a risk of decline in mental health. Dr. Genieve Zhe Hui Gan and her team of researchers set out to explore the relationship between pet ownership in older adults and the influence on mental health.[1] The results of this study were published in the journal of Aging and Mental […]

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Gardening for Health

Anybody who’s ever weeded a row of turnips, planted petunias, or mowed a thriving lawn knows that gardening can be hard work. That hard work pays off in more ways than having the best roses on the block or a tasty salad. Gardening in its various forms has a multitude of benefits: Increase hand strength, […]

Do Pets Increase Fall Risk in the Elderly? Picture of a grown tan colored dog and a tan colored puppy beside each other.

Do Pets Increase Fall Risk in the Elderly?

Anyone who has a dog or cat knows the benefits they offer. Besides the obvious joy and love they give so much; pets have been linked to a variety of health benefits.[1] Acknowledging this is important, but it also must be taken into consideration that pets can sometimes become a fall hazard for elderly people. […]

Rescue Them, They Rescue Us. Picture of a small brown and white dog on a girls shoulder.

Rescue Them, They Rescue Us

We might find it interesting to know that adopting a pet comes with some surprising health benefits for the new owner. For those who truly consider a dog to be man’s best friend, it helps to know the health benefits dogs can bestow on a human being. In fact, some studies show that dog ownership […]

Technology and Health Checks. Picture of a caucasian male with a cell phone in his right hand and looking at his fitbit watch on his left arm.

Technology and Health Checks

Doctors at Northwestern Medicine and others are working with Google to develop ways to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to improve many areas of health screening and subsequently, overall improved health. Future health screening could be as simple as using your phone. Imagine the ability to use AI to check heart rate and respirations from a […]