Pets can help people stay sharp as they age, new study finds. Here’s how

Your dog or cat might be better for your health than you realize, a new study found — especially as you get older.

The benefits of owning a pet have been touted by researchers for years. A companion animal has the potential to decrease anxiety and loneliness, improve heart health and combat allergies, studies have shown.

A pet might also be able to help older adults stay mentally sharp, according to a preliminary study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 74th Annual Meeting in April.

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