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Exploring the Health Benefits of Companion Animals on Older Adults

By Matt Long, Julie M. Fagan

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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 considering a furry companion. We can help our senior citizens by requesting animal shelters to waive adoption fees (potentially of “senior”, less adoptable, pets), requesting that veterinarians lower their fees for seniors and incorporating resident pets in senior facilities. 


Katie Carroll

Date 2015
Pages 12
Publisher Rutgers University
Department Animal Science
Language English
University Rutgers University
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  1. Aging
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal roles
  4. Animal shelters
  5. Animals in culture
  6. Assisted living facilities
  7. Dogs
  8. Facility Dogs
  9. Health
  10. Human-animal relationships
  11. Long-term care facilities
  12. Mammals
  13. Nursing homes
  14. Older adults
  15. pet adoption
  16. Pets and companion animals
  17. Senior center
  18. Shelter pets