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Bridle Paths is a nonprofit organization that offers strength, support, and healing to individuals and families through safe, effective, and high-quality equine-assisted activities and therapies. We provide therapeutic horseback riding instruction, equine-assisted learning, and equine-assisted...
Companion animals and human health: benefits, challenges, and the road ahead for human-animal interaction
| Contributor(s):: Friedman, E., Krause-Parello, C. A.
Case–Control Study of Hazards in the Home and Risk of Falls and Hip Fractures
| Contributor(s):: Lindy Clemson, Robert G. Cumming, Maryanne Roland
The importance of environmental hazards in the home as risk factors for falls and fractures is uncertain. A case–control study was conducted, involving people aged 65 years and over referred to an occupational therapy department for home assessment. There were 52 subjects with a recent...
Therapeutic effects of dog visits in nursing homes for the elderly
| Contributor(s):: Thodberg, Karen, Sørensen, Lisbeth Uhrskov, Christensen, Janne Winther, Poulsen, Pia Haun, Houbak, Birthe, Damgaard, Vibeke, Keseler, Ingrid, Edwards, David, Videbech, Poul B.
Effect of animal‐assisted interventions on depression, agitation and quality of life in nursing home residents suffering from cognitive impairment or dementia: A cluster randomized controlled trial
| Contributor(s):: Olsen, Christine, Pedersen, Ingeborg, Bergland, Astrid, Enders‐Slegers, Marie‐José, Patil, Grete, Ihlebæk, Camilla
Animal-assisted therapy and agitation and depression in nursing home residents with dementia: A matched case–control trial
| Contributor(s):: Majić, Tomislav, Gutzmann, Hans, Heinz, Andreas, Lang, Undine E., Rapp, Michael A.
Identification and management of cognitive decline in companion animals and the comparisons with Alzheimer's disease: A review
| Contributor(s):: Cory, Julie
New Horizon Ranch
New Horizon Ranch, Inc. is a therapeutic horseback riding center located in Rantoul, Kansas and currently offering Hippotherapy, Therapeutic Riding, Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and Summer Day Camp programs to individuals of all...
Hoarding of Animals: An Under-Recognized Public Health Problem in a Difficult-to-Study Population
| Contributor(s):: Gary J. Patronek
The objective of this study was to better characterize the problem of hoarding, or pathological collecting, of animals. Methods. The author summarized data from a convenience sample of 54 case reports from 0 animal control agencies and humane societies across the country.The majority (76%) of...
The Dog Wish Foundation
Dog Wish is a charitable non-profit organization that trains top quality Service Dogs, and places them with those with Autism, Dementia, PTSD, Seizures and more at cost effective rates. For over thirty years, Dog Wish has offered the best in dog training for working dogs, service dogs, and family...
Dogs as an intervention for behavioral symptoms of older adults with dementia: a systematic review
| Contributor(s):: Katie E. McLellan, Kirsten Wilbur (adviser)
The purpose of this systematic review was to determine if dogs are an effective occupational therapy intervention for reducing agitation and increasing social participation among older adults with symptoms of dementia by examining and rating the current published evidence. Studies were included...
| Contributor(s):: Katie E. McLellan, Kirsten Wilbur (adviser), Anne B. James (adviser), George Tomlin (adviser)
The impact of different dog-related stimuli on engagement of persons with dementia
| Contributor(s):: Marcia S. Marx, Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Natalie G. Regier, Maha Dakheel-Ali, Ashok Srihari, Khin Thein
Objective: To provide further empirical evaluation of the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy in nursing home residents with dementia. Methods: Participants were 56 residents of 2 suburban Maryland nursing homes and had a diagnosis. Activities of daily living performance was assessed via the...
Effects of animal-assisted therapy for responding to passive behavior in elderly nursing home residents with dementia: A single subject design study
| Contributor(s):: Cherie Ann Soprano
Passive behavior (PB) is a behavioral disturbance that affects 61 to 88 percent of nursing home residents (NHRs) with dementia. PB in persons with dementia (PWD) often leads to such negative consequences as, social isolation, loss of physical functioning, excess disability, and further cognitive...
Old man's best friend: Animal-assisted intervention for older people with dementia
| Contributor(s):: Ann-Marie Wordley
Dementia results in the loss of memory, intellect, rationality and social skills and is often accompanied by behavioural and psychological symptoms such as agitation, aggression, wandering and noisiness. Previous research has demonstrated that Animal-Assisted Interventions have some promise in...
The benefits and limitations of pet therapy for people with dementia
| Contributor(s):: Audrey Cowling, Susan McFadden (adviser)
Evidence of a human-animal bond goes back to the origins of man. More recently, therapy that utilizes animals has been implemented in long-term care facilities to aid in the well-being of people with dementia. Pet therapy, or animal-assisted therapy, increases engagement with the environment,...
Management of agitation in individuals with Dementia: An animal-assisted therapy approach
| Contributor(s):: Karen L. Tanner
Dementia is not a natural and normal part of aging, but rather a symptom of a disease process. Most individuals with dementia experience emotional distress or behavioral problems best summed up by the term agitation. Approximately 90% of individuals with dementing illnesses demonstrate problem...