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Owning Pets May Protect Against Memory Loss

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We all need a pet in our lives and it could actually be good for your health and memory!

Owning pets is linked to lower stress and blood pressure and according to new research, pets can also contribute to maintaining a sharp memory.

The University of Michigan Medical Center tested more than 1,300 people with the average age of 65 years old. 53% of them already had animals, and the third of the sampled groups had owned their precious pets for more than five years.

The participants then were told a list of 10 words and immediately had to recite them and then after after 5 minutes. The participants also counted backward from 20, and then from 100 by subtracting seven from each number, according to Daily Mail

After six years the researchers found that , the long-term pet owners scored higher on average than those without pets.

So you might want to get yourself a furry friend to love!

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