Human-animal interaction as a social determinant of health: descriptive findings from the health and retirement study
Contributor(s):: Mueller, M. K., Gee, N. R., Bures, R. M.
Human–Animal Interaction and Older Adults: An Overview
Contributor(s):: Nancy R. Gee, Megan K. Mueller, Angela L. Curl
Both pet ownership and animal-assisted therapy are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and the science of human–animal interaction (HAI) seeks to explore how these relationships with animals can impact health and well-being. In particular, one burgeoning area of research is...
Pet therapy: Enhancing social and cardiovascular wellness in community dwelling older adults
Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A., Kolassa, John
Exploring the Health Benefits of Companion Animals on Older Adults
Contributor(s):: Matt Long, Julie M. Fagan
Companion animals can do wonders for people, especially older adults. Living with a pet can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation as well as lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress. However, the increased costs of owning an animal may discourage seniors on a fixed income from...
Animais solidários: a zooterapia como extensão universitária para idosos institucionalizados
Contributor(s):: Gisele Dela Ricci, Carina Torelli, Maria de Fatima Martins, Thiago William de Almeida
This study aimed to introduce different animals into Vicente de Paulo Asylum quotidian, in Pirassununga city, State of São Paulo, through the lonely animals’ project of veterinary medicine and husbandry faculty of São Paulo State University, researching identify the best way...
Animal Therapy for Elderly with Memory Disorders : A Literature Review
Contributor(s):: Jessica Powell
Memory loss is not a natural and normal part of ageing, but rather a symptom of a disease process. Most individuals with memory loss experience emotional distress or behavioral problems. There is an enormous amount of pressure on caregivers to manage individuals with memory loss without resorting...
Using the incidence and impact of health conditions in guide dogs to investigate healthy ageing in working dogs
Contributor(s):: Caron-Lormier, G., England, G. C. W., Green, M. J., Asher, L.
This study aimed to use retirement data from working guide dogs to investigate healthy ageing in dogs and the demographic factors that influence ageing. Using a dataset of 7686 dogs spanning 20 years, dogs withdrawn for health reasons before they reached retirement were identified. Cases of...
Re-evaluating the Role of Companion Animals in the Era of the Aging Boomer
Contributor(s):: Rebecca J. Huss
The Census Bureau reports that the number of Americans sixty-five years and older is expected to double to 88.5 million by 2050, and will represent 19% of the population by 2030. Not only is the percentage of the population over sixty-five years of age growing, but the...
Fostering the human-animal bond for older adults: Challenges and opportunities
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Contributor(s):: Anderson, Keith A., Lord, Linda K., Hill, Lawrence N., McCune, Sandra
Older adults are at high risk for physical illness and emotional disorders, particularly those of lower socioeconomic status. Pet ownership has the potential to reduce the impact of these problems by providing companionship, reducing social isolation, and enhancing physical activity and...
Neighbourhoods, dogs and walking: An exploration of factors relevant to healthy aging in place
| Contributor(s):: Toohey, Ann Madeline
Understanding the Human-Animal Bond: Implications for Practice with Community-Living Older Adults
| Contributor(s):: Callahan, Ann M., Brotherton, Regina, Vakalahi, Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue, Simpson, Gaynell M., Giunta, Nancy
Animal Care and the Elderly
| Contributor(s):: Bennett, Amy E.
Pets and the Aging: Science Supports the Human-Animal Bond
In April 2003, PAWSitive InterAction held its second annual educational summit — “Think PAWSitive! 2003: Pets and The Aging” — in Atlanta, Georgia, to explore current scientific thinking about the important role pets play in the lives of people as they grow older. With 76...
Companion animals for elderly women: The importance of attachment
| Contributor(s):: Chur-Hansen, Anna, Winefield, Helen Russell, Beckwith, Melinda
Much research exploring the relationship between companion animals and physical and psychological health is quantitative and inconclusive, and inconsistent findings have been reported. In this study, we conducted interviews with 11 elderly women and considered the themes that emerged from the...
The Evaluation of an Animal Assisted Therapy Intervention for Elders with Dementia in Long-Term Care
| Contributor(s):: Sellers, Debra M.
This study examined the effects of animal assisted therapy (AAT) on the social and agitated behaviors of elders with dementia residing in long-term care. A purposefully selected sample of four elders from one skilled nursing facility in a rural community participated in the study. Utilizing an...
Transitioning registered handler-animal therapy from the institution to the community
| Contributor(s):: Green, Analeah
Dog ownership, functional ability, and walking in community-dwelling older adults
| Contributor(s):: Gretebeck, Kimberlee A., Radius, Kaitlyn, Black, David R., Gretebeck, Randall J., Ziemba, Rosemary, Glickman, Lawrence T.
Clinical feasibility of cognitive testing in dogs ( Canis lupus familiaris)
| Contributor(s):: Heckler, M. C. T., Tranquilim, M. V., Svicero, D. J., Barbosa, L., Amorim, R. M.
Several cognitive tests have been developed to evaluate specific aspects of human and animal learning and memory. These tests have been used for early detection of cognitive deficits and to monitor the treatment of dogs with cognitive impairment. Thus, this article evaluated the feasibility of...
The quality of life of pet dogs owned by elderly people depends on the living context, not on the owner's age
| Contributor(s):: Pitteri, E., Mongillo, P., Adamelli, S., Bonichini, S., Marinelli, L.
Social and physical changes associated with human aging may influence the characteristics of the relationship between dogs and their owners and ultimately pets' quality of life. In view of the need of data on this aspect, this study examined the effects of owners' age on the quality of life of...
Newsletter of The American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, Volume 18
Contents:A Prescription for Healthy Aging, pg 1The Human-Animal Bond at Work, pg 1Message from the Dean, pg 3Clinical Skills Course Maintains the Bond, pg 6Veterinary Public Health and Human Animal Bond, pg 8Serving to Learn, Learning to Serve, pg 9Josh Project, pg 10Going South, pg...