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Older people deciding not to have pets as challenges and concerns outweigh benefits – ABC News

Many older Australians are deciding against keeping companionship animals despite the wellbeing benefits. Some fear a new pet might outlive them, while others simply…



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It’s well known that pets are good for our wellbeing, can reduce our anxiety and stress, and offer love and companionship.
But as we get older we’re less likely to have a furry friend in our lives.
The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey found just 11 per cent of Australian pet owners are aged 65 and over. That age group made up nearly 23 percent of those Australians who don’t own a pet.
University of South Australia’s Janette Young, who has researched the positive…

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