Learn how your dog can help you live longer
The major contribution family pets make to the health and wellbeing of older Australians is highlighted by COTA Victoria’s new ‘A Pat, Chat and a Walk A Day Helps Keep the Doctor Away’ campaign.
Launched this month by Victoria’s Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers the Hon Luke Donnellan, the project highlights the vital daily role pets play in encouraging millions of older people to exercise, while at the same time providing comfort, happiness, companionship and opportunities to socialise.
These activities are vital in the battle against anxiety and depression. Regular physical activity such as walking the dog can also help reduce the risk of conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and dementia, and help with weight management and bone health. Walking can also reduce the risk of falls and fall-related injury for older people, which can affect their ability to live independently.
Join COTA Victoria’s ‘A Pat, Chat and a Walk’ campaign by taking part in our Facebook group with your friends and neighbours, make new friendships and enjoy keeping active mentally and physically.
Benefits of ‘A Pat, Chat and a Walk’
- Gentle exercise to help keep you fit, mobile and independent
- Fresh air and body strength development
- Have fun and exercise with children or grandchildren
- Conversations with family and friends
- Learning about the local environment
- Getting to know your neighbours
- Enjoy the changing seasons and gardens on your walks.