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Animal assisted therapy and its effects on the elderly

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"Another type of AAT is a non-institutional program for older adults Animal companionship is extremely important for all people, but it is especial important for the elderly. Many people think that the majority of elders live in nursing homes, but the fact is that the vast majority of older people live in their own homes (Beck 28) Older people living alone benefit tremendously from the companionship of animals as well. In The Journal of Social Psychology, Rogers states that, "Animals may serve to buffer and normalize aging persons' sense of social isolation" (256) Animals provide unconditional love, never judging or rejecting anyone and unconditional love is something that many elderly people desperately need."

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Deborah Maron

Date 2001
Degree Bachelor of General Studies
URL http://repositories.tdl.org/ttu-ir/bitstream/handle/2346/23293/31295017978007.pdf?sequence=2
Language English
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University Texas Tech University
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Care
  3. Cats
  4. Dogs
  5. Health
  6. Nursing homes
  7. Older adults
  8. Quality of life
  9. therapy animals