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Pets help the elderly

Is your dog crooning, “Will you still need me? Will you still feed me when you’re 64?”
Answer him yes. A recent study suggests older people with pets have a better quality of life.
The March issue of the journal of American Geriatrics Society states that pet ownership in the golden years of life has a positive effect on seniors’ physical and mental well being.
Caring for a dog or a cat can ease the loneliness of the elderly, as well as provide ample opportunities for physical activity bolster overall health, the report states.
The study was conducted by telephone interviews with more than 1,000 Canadian residents, all of whom lived independently and of which 286 had either a dog or cat.
And petting the pooch does more than just keep you fit, wire report said. Researchers think that the nurturing aspects of pet care give older people a sense of purpose. The added responsibility in their lives encourages them to be less apathetic and more involved in daily activities.
Also, pets give companionship to those owners without family and support systems, which helps them remain emotionally healthy during times of crisis, as compared to their non-pet owning counterparts, the study said.


1. According to the text, it’s correct to say that …
a) pets are useless to support old people.
b) pets help old people physically and mentally.
c) the interviews were realized in many hospitals in Canada.
d) 286 people lived with their relatives.
e) pets give more responsibility to young people.

2. Pela leitura do texto, pode-se afirmar que as pessoas idosas:
a) alimentam os animais quando têm 64 anos de idade.
b) melhoram a qualidade de vida através de leituras.
c) sentem menos solidão quando têm um animal de estimação.
d) sentem-se nervosos quando têm de cuidar dos animais.
e) desenvolvem um sentimento de culpa nos períodos de crise.

3. Considere as afirmações sobre as palavras destacadas no seguinte trecho do texto. “Researchers think that the nurturing aspects of pet care give older people a sense of purpose. The added responsibility in their lives encourages them to be less apathetic and more involved in daily activities.”

I – A expressão “sense of purpose” pode ser traduzida por “senso de justiça”.
II – “Their” refere-se a animais de estimação.
III – “More involved” pode ser substituído por “more concerned”, sem alteração de sentido no texto.

Sobre as afirmações podemos dizer que:
a) somente a alternativa I é verdadeira.
b) as alternativas I e II são verdadeiras.
c) as alternativas I e III são verdadeiras.
d) as alternativas II e III são verdadeiras.
e) somente a alternativa III é verdadeira 

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