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Have you heard that dogs are often called man’s best friend? A study of more than 10,000 elderly Tokyo residents found that owning a dog is the best prescription for good health in old age. Owning a dog lowered the risk of loss of independence–requiring nursing care or dying–by about half.

Read more about the health benefits of owning a dog in old age at The Asahi Shimbun here: Owning a dog best prescription for good health in old age


Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

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