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It once seemed common [cents / sense] to believe that having and walking a dog was good for older people. Dogs are great companions and provide a healthy [excuse / accuse] to go for a walk and get a [bite / bit] of exercise. However, new research shows that taking [the / that] dog for a walk can have its downsides for [seniority / seniors] . A report published in the American medical journal 'JAMA Surgery' says injuries among seniors related [of / to] dog-walking are becoming increasingly [prevalence / prevalent] . From 2004 to 2017, researchers [calculated / calculus] that there were over 32,000 cases of people in the USA aged 65 and over suffering fractures attributed [of / to] walking their dog. Some of the injuries were serious and required the senior to [undergo / underdo] emergency surgery.

The researchers [advised / advice] the elderly to consider the possible dangers to [downing / owning] and walking a dog. They said: "For [older / olden] adults - especially those living alone and with decreased [bone / bony] mineral density - the risks associated with walking [lashed / leashed] dogs merit consideration." They added: "Even one injury could result in a potentially lethal [hippy / hip] fracture, lifelong complications, or the loss of their independence." Lead researcher Dr Jaimo Ahn blamed what he [teamed / termed] as a "small person/big dog" scenario for many of the accidents. He said a dog is sometimes mismatched with its owner's inability and [strong / strength] to handle it. One [elderly / elder] dog owner said: "Old people need dogs. We need our [soul / sole] mates."

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