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  1. The companion dog as a model for human aging and mortality

    Contributor(s):: jessica m hoffman, Kate E. Creevy, Alexander Franks, Dan G O'Neill, Daniel E. L. Promislow

    Around the world, human populations have experienced large increases in average lifespan over the last 150 years, and while individuals are living longer, they are spending more years of life with multiple chronic morbidities. Researchers have used numerous laboratory animal models to...

  2. Human-animal interaction as a social determinant of health: descriptive findings from the health and retirement study

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    | Contributor(s):: Megan Kiely Mueller, Nancy Dreschel, Regina M. Bures

    Background We focused on human-animal interaction (HAI) as an important aspect of social functioning at the individual level, framing this emerging field from a public health perspective. Methods Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) 2012 HAI module, we describe the...

  3. Demographic Change Across the Lifespan of Pet Dogs and Their Impact on Health Status

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    | Contributor(s):: Lisa J. Wallis, Dóra Szabó, Boglárka Erdélyi-Belle, Enikö Kubinyi

    Although dogs' life expectancies are six to twelve times shorter than that of humans, the demographics (e. g., living conditions) of dogs can still change considerably with aging, similarly to humans. Despite the fact that the dog is a particularly good model for human healthspan, and the...

  4. 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...

  5. ‘I'd rather wear out than rust out’: autobiologies of ageing equestriennes

    | Contributor(s):: Davis, Dona L., Maurstad, Anita, Dean, Sarah

  6. Internet users' perception of the importance of signs commonly seen in old animals with age-related diseases

    | Contributor(s):: M. Davies

    Unless practices are running a screening programme to detect disease, veterinarians rely on owners to recognise abnormal signs and present their animal to them for examination and diagnosis. Common age-related diseases often present with similar clinical signssuch as polydipsia, weight loss...

  7. 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...

  8. [The Oopoeh Foundation pairs owners and the elderly. Cosy and healthy: a 55+ babysitter for companion animals]

    | Contributor(s):: Brouwer, S.

  9. 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...

  10. Fostering the human-animal bond for older adults: Challenges and opportunities

    | 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...

  11. Human-animal interaction in the aging boom

    | Contributor(s):: Johnson, Rebecca, Bibbo, Jessica, Fine, Aubrey H.

  12. The role of pet ownership in the lives of older people: a review

  13. Animal Care and the Elderly

    | Contributor(s):: Bennett, Amy E.

  14. 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...

  15. Assessment and treatment of nonpain conditions in life-limiting disease

    | Contributor(s):: Villalobos, A. E.

  16. 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.

  17. Development of a novel paradigm for the measurement of olfactory discrimination in dogs ( Canis familiaris): a pilot study

    | Contributor(s):: Salvin, H. E., McGrath, C., McGreevy, P. D., Valenzuela, M. J.

    Olfactory dysfunction in older human beings has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline, yet age-related changes in olfactory behavior have received little attention in the dog model of human aging. We developed an odor habituation and fine odor discrimination...

  18. The effect of breed on age-related changes in behavior and disease prevalence in cognitively normal older community dogs, Canis lupus familiaris

    | Contributor(s):: Salvin, H. E., McGreevy, P. D., Sachdev, P. S., Valenzuela, M. J.

    Variation in breed longevity in the dog has led to the inference that large dogs age at a faster rate than small dogs, possibly because of an increased oxidative load. Potential differences in behavioral aging (the rate of age-related decline in cognito-behavioral performance) across breeds...

  19. Newsletter of The American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, Volume 18

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    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...

  20. Does the attachment system towards owners change in aged dogs?

    | Contributor(s):: Mongillo, P., Pitteri, E., Carnier, P., Gabai, G., Adamelli, S., Marinelli, L.