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One important "significant other" that often goes unrecognized in professional circles is the companion animal with whom many elders share their daily lives. Yet, more than a century ago, Florence Nightingale wrote that pets were excellent companions for patients confined by long-term illness. Why, then, should pets not make fine companions for elders in any state of-health?


Megan Kendall

Purdue University

Date 1985
Publication Title Geriatric Nursing
Volume 6
Issue 2
Pages 92-96
Publisher Elsevier
DOI 10.1016/S0197-4572(85)80006-9
Language English
Notes This article was used with permission by Elsevier
Additional Language English
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