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  1. Associations of Pet Ownership with Older Adults Eating Patterns and Health

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    | Contributor(s):: Roschelle Heuberger

    Pet ownership has been shown to improve quality of life for older adults. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to compare older pet owners and older non-pet owners and assess differences between groups. This study was conducted on adults over 50 years of age, who owned either one cat...

  2. The influence of dog ownership on objective measures of free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour in community-dwelling older adults: a longitudinal case-controlled study

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    | Contributor(s):: Philippa Margaret Dall, Sarah Lesley Helen Ellis, Brian Martin Ellis, P Margaret Grant, Alison Colyer, Nancy Renee Gee, Malcolm Howard Granat, Daniel Simon Mills

    Background There is some evidence to suggest that dog ownership may improve physical activity (PA) among older adults, but to date, studies examining this, have either depended on self-report or incomplete datasets due to the type of activity monitor used to record physical activity....

  3. Paws From The Heart

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    We are a compassionate and supportive 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing qualified and specialty trained pet therapy dog teams into local communities to deliver various outreach programs while  promoting  health, happiness and healing to those in need.  We...

  4. Attachment Style Is Related to Quality of Life for Assistance Dog Owners

    | Contributor(s):: White, N., Mills, D., Hall, S.

  5. 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.

  6. Pet Encounters—Tiergestützte Intervention für hilfebedürftige ältere Menschen

    | Contributor(s):: A. Beckmann, S. Wesenberg

  7. Animal-assisted therapy—Novi trend u liječenju osoba s psihičkim i intelektualnim smetnjama

    | Contributor(s):: N. Prosinečki

  8. Exploring bereaved older adult pet owner's relationship and grief experiences following the death of a companion animal

    | Contributor(s):: Sabine B. J. Volkmann

  9. Pet ownership and survival in the elderly hypertensive population

    | Contributor(s):: Enayet K. Chowdhury, Mark R. Nelson, Garry L.R. Jennings, Lindon M.H. Wing, Christopher M. Reid

  10. Risk Factors of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Logistic Regression Tree Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: T Yamashita, D Noe, A Bailer

  11. A survey of elderly dog and cat owners and their attitudes to their pets

    | Contributor(s):: Y. Tokura, K. Noda, M. Azuma, M. Kato, T. Kobayashi, N. Kajiwara, K. Endo

  12. Percepción de los Beneficios de los Animales de Compañía para los Adultos Mayores con Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2

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    | Contributor(s):: B. Hugues H., A. M. Alvarez A., L. Castelo E., L. Ledon L., M. Mendoza T., E. Dominguez A.

  13. Some recent work on the psychotherapeutic value of caged birds with older people

    | Contributor(s):: RA Mugford, JG M'Comisky

  14. A Review of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Long-Term Care Facilities

    | Contributor(s):: Jenna Ebener, Hunhui Oh

    Past research fails to make connections comparing appropriate settings for the benefits of different species of therapy and resident animals in long-term care facilities specifically for the elderly. Two types of animal-assisted interactions (therapy and resident) and four animal species (birds,...

  15. "She's a dog at the end of the day": guide dog owners' perspectives on the behaviour of their guide dog

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    | Contributor(s):: Craigon, P. J., Hobson-West, P., England, G. C. W., Whelan, C.

    A guide dog is a domestic dog (Canis familiaris) that is specifically educated to provide mobility support to a blind or visually impaired owner. Current dog suitability assessments focus on behavioural traits, including: trainability, reactivity or attention to environmental stimuli, low...

  16. Stepping out of the shadows of Alzheimer's disease: a phenomenological hermeneutic study of older people with Alzheimer's disease caring for a therapy dog

    | Contributor(s):: Swall, A., Ebbeskog, B., Lundh Hagelin, C., Fagerberg, I.

  17. Effects of horseback riding exercise on the relative alpha power spectrum in the elderly

    | Contributor(s):: Cho, S. H.

  18. Effects of a Form of Equine-Facilitated Learning on Heart Rate Variability, Immune Function, and Self-Esteem in Older Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Ann L. Baldwin, Barbara K. Rector, Ann C. Alden

    Equine-facilitated learning (EFL) helps people access their immediate sensations and feelings because horses, as prey animals, are continually aware of their environment and provide instant feedback to human behaviors and emotions. We hypothesize that during EFL, older people become more aware...

  19. Evaluation of the Dogs, Physical Activity, and Walking (Dogs PAW) Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Richards, N. Ogata, C. Cheng

    Background. To facilitate physical activity (PA) adoption and maintenance, promotion of innovative population-level strategies that focus on incorporating moderate intensity, lifestyle PA are needed. Objectives. The purpose of this randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the Dogs, Physical...

  20. Depression, loneliness, and pet attachment in homebound older adult cat and dog owners

    | Contributor(s):: Sandy M. Branson, Lisa Boss, Stanley Cron, Dennis C. Turner

    Background: Companion animals may reduce depression and loneliness in socially isolated homebound older adults. However, whether owning a cat or dog is more beneficial in this population remains unknown.Materials and Methods: Pet attachment and the levels of depressive symptoms and loneliness...