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  1. The relationships between older, physically impaired men and their pets

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennifer Hughes Williams

    The present study examined older male adults' lived experiences with pet ownership. There is robust literature on older adults and the human-animal bond, but presently there are no qualitative phenomenological studies that focus solely on older physically impaired males who live alone and...

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

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. Okanagan dog visitation's impact on seniors' social support : comparing group and individual conditions

    | Contributor(s):: Lindsay Burton

    Introduction: Social support (SS) is an important determinant of senior health. Dogs are an underutilized modality for seniors’ SS promotion, and dog visitation programs are emerging to address this underutilization. Dogs impact SS in two ways according to the Social Support Theory, as an...

  10. Sällskapsdjurens betydelse för de äldres välbefinnande

    | Contributor(s):: Emma Gäddnäs

    Denna studie undersöker sällskapsdjurens betydelse för de äldres välbefinnande. Syftet med studien är att diskutera vad sällskapsdjur betyder för de äldres välbefinnande och vad djur kan betyda för de äldre som bor på...

  11. Hännänheilahduksia : koira-avusteisen työskentelyn pilottiprojekti Turun kaupungin ympärivuorokautisessa hoidossa olevien vanhusten parissa

    | Contributor(s):: Johanna Lundén

    Kehittämistyön tarkoituksena oli seurata ja dokumentoida Turun kaupungin vanhusten ympärivuorokautisen hoidon yksiköissä toteutettavaa koira-avusteisen työskentelyn pilottiprojektia helmikuusta syyskuuhun 2012. Projekti tukee Green care ideologian...

  12. Eficácia da intervenção assistida por animais na autopercepção de saúde, autoestima, sintomas depressivos e qualidade de vida relacionada à saúde em idosos residentes em instituição de longa permanência

    | Contributor(s):: Renata Coelho Freire Batista Queiroz

    O envelhecimento populacional e as mudanças na dinâmica familiar estão levando um número maior de pessoas a residirem em Instituições de Longa Permanência (ILPI), refletindo na qualidade de vida dos idosos. Algumas terapias não medicamentosas...

  13. The psychological Impact of Companion Animals for Older Adults who Reside Alone

    | Contributor(s):: Tess Reed

    Companion animals have been identified as improving the physical and emotional health of some older adults (Collis & McNicholas, 1998). This qualitative study explored the psychological impact of owning a cat or a dog for persons aged 65 or older who resided alone. Nine participants, two male...

  14. The Connection between Animal Abuse and Family Violence: A Selected Annotated Bibliography

    | Contributor(s):: Sharon L. Nelson

    This selected annotated bibliography assembles legal and social literature that examines the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Drawing from an ever-growing body of written works dedicated to the issue, the bibliography presents the works that are most informative and useful to the...

  15. Pet Companion Robot for Visually Impaired Elderly

    | Contributor(s):: Fanglin Chao

    The proposed concept serves as the middle person to feed, detect, trash collect and communicate between the elderly and the pet. Several kind of interaction mode was also proposed to fulfill the ability and living characteristics of the elderly. Although only part of function...

  16. Dr Dog

    Animals Asia’s Dr Dog is an innovative animal-assisted therapy programme that provides people in need with what they need most – a best friend. The programme is also changing the way people feel about dogs. In China, where we focus our work, Dr Dog is challenging beliefs and changing...

  17. A narrative exploration of the meaning of companion animals throughout the lives of non-institutionalized elderly widows living alone

    | Contributor(s):: Teresa Angela Stokowski

    The purpose of this study was to explore the meaning of companion animals throughout the lives of non-institutionalized elderly widows living alone. Three widows ranging in age from 70 to 85 were recruited from friends and acquaintances for participation in this study. The meaning of companion...

  18. Exploring the relationship between motivation and dog-walking behaviour: what motivates older adults to walk with their dogs?

    | Contributor(s):: Ashley Hope

    Dog ownership in older adulthood has been connected with  increased likelihood of meeting the physical activity guidelines. There are older dog  owners, however, that do not walk their dogs. Investigation utilizing the Self-  Determination Theory was used to identify differences in...

  19. Animal Cruelty and Elder Abuse

    | Contributor(s):: Edward F. Ansello

    Do people who mistreat animals also mistreat humans? Over the course of time, does someone who mistreats small creatures “graduate” to abusing humans, especially vulnerable older adults?We’ve heard, of course, about the extreme, sociopathic murderers who escalated from...

  20. Pets are Wonderful Support (PAWS) New York

    The mission of PAWS NY is to help New York City’s most vulnerable residents remain with their pets by delivering critical programs and services through a community of partners and volunteers. Our programs help keep pets in their homes while protecting and promoting the human-animal bond...