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

By Keith A. Anderson, Linda K. Lord, Lawrence N. Hill, Sandra McCune

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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 well-being. Despite these potential benefits, older adults face challenges in adopting and owning pets, including functional limitations, financial considerations, and concerns should the pet owner fall ill or die. In this article, the authors detail the literature on pet ownership for older adults, hurdles they face in adopting pets, and steps that could be taken to address these challenges.

Publication Title Activities, Adaptation & Aging
Volume 39
Issue 1
Pages 32-42
ISBN/ISSN 0192-47881544-4368
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/01924788.2015.994447
Language English
Author Address Anderson, Keith A., School of Social Work, University of Montana, Jeannette Rankin Hall, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT, US, 59812-4392
Additional Language English
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  • Anderson, Keith A.; Lord, Linda K.; Hill, Lawrence N.; McCune, Sandra (2015), "Fostering the human-animal bond for older adults: Challenges and opportunities,"

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  1. Aging
  2. Human-animal bond
  3. Interspecies interactions
  4. Older adults
  5. peer-reviewed
  6. pet adoption
  7. Pet ownership
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Poverty
  10. socioeconomics
  1. peer-reviewed