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Companion animals and the elderly

By Roberta Erickson

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

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?

Submitter

Megan Kendall administrator

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
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0197457285800069
Language English
Notes This article was used with permission by Elsevier
Additional Language English
Tags
  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Comfort
  5. Human-animal relationships
  6. Interactions
  7. Older adults
  8. Pets and companion animals