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Dogs and humans both can get dementia. More walks can help.

By Gretchen Reynolds

16 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post explains the benefits of walking: for both you, and your dog.

Whether you walk on two legs - or gambol happily on four and happen to bark - being physically active lowers the risk of developing dementia with age, according to two new studies involving people and dogs.

One of the studies monitored the activities of 15,019 pet dogs. The other tracked the daily steps of 78,430 men and women. Together they provide inspiring, new data about the precise amounts of walking that best protect brains and also how detrimental excessive sitting - and staying - can be.

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