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  1. Analysis of Trunk Neuromuscular Activation During Equine-Assisted Therapy in Older Adults

    Contributor(s):: de Mello, E. C., Diniz, L. H., Lage, J. B., Ribeiro, M. F., Bevilacqua Junior, D. E., Rosa, R. C., Cardoso, F. A. G., Ferreira, A. A., Ferraz, M. L. F., Teixeira, V. P. A., Espindula, A. P.

  2. Functional Outcomes in a Randomized Controlled Trial of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Middle-Aged and Older Adults with Schizophrenia

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    | Contributor(s):: Chen, C. R., Hung, C. F., Lee, Y. W., Tseng, W. T., Chen, M. L., Chen, T. T.

    Deficits in cognition, physical, and social functions in adults with schizophrenia may become salient with aging. While animal-assisted therapy (AAT) can benefit physical function in older adults and improve symptoms of psychotic disorders, the effect of AAT on middle-aged patients with...

  3. Leashes, Litterboxes, and Lifelines: Exploring Volunteer-Based Pet Care Assistance Programs for Older Adults

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    | Contributor(s):: McLennan, K., Rock, M. J., Mattos, E., Toohey, A. M.

    At the convergence of population aging and pet-ownership, community stakeholders are well-positioned to support older adults’ relationships with companion animals through age-related transitions in health and living arrangements. In this study’s setting, a volunteer-based pet care...

  4. Assessing chimpanzees’ fluency of movement: Applications for monitoring health and welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Hopper, Lydia M., Lake, Benjamin R., Leinwand, Jesse G., Fultz, Amy, Ross, Stephen R.

    With age, primates’ activity levels and ease of movement may decline and changes in locomotory behaviour may reflect changes in health. Thus, developing quick and reliable measures of movement has important applications for measuring recovery from disease, injury, or any age-related mobility...

  5. Visiting Hours: Spacetimes of Human-Animal Interaction in South African Elder Care

    | Contributor(s):: Golomski, C.

    This article examines human-animal interaction in elder care by focusing on an old age home in postapartheid South Africa. Residents admire and desire to be near animals, but staff mostly prohibit pets and service animals due to regulations about hygiene and frailty. Instead, people make...

  6. Assistive Technology Use among Older Adults with Vision Loss: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Canadian Newspapers

    | Contributor(s):: Fuchigami, Katharine, McGrath, Colleen, Bengall, Jordana, Kim, Stephanie, Debbie Laliberte, Rudman

    Low vision assistive devices are often positioned as enabling continued social participation and engagement by older adults in everyday activities; however, previous research suggests that the use of such technologies is restricted by various environmental factors. With little attention...

  7. Independent living with mobility restrictions: older people's perceptions of their out-of-home mobility

    | Contributor(s):: Luoma-Halkola, Henna, Häikiö, Liisa

  8. Understanding the Experiences of Elderly Bereaved Men and the Bond with Their Pets

    | Contributor(s):: Thompson, Monique C.

  9. Animal-Assisted Therapy in Middle-Aged and Older Patients With Schizophrenia: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    | Contributor(s):: Chen, T. T., Hsieh, T. L., Chen, M. L., Tseng, W. T., Hung, C. F., Chen, C. R.

    Objective: Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) has the potential to improve the symptomology, negative emotions, and level of well-being in older adults, as well as patients with mental illness. However, there remains limited evidence supporting the treatment efficacy of AAT in middle-aged and older...

  10. The Relation Between Pet Ownership, Anxiety, and Depressive Symptoms in Late Life: Propensity Score Matched Analyses

    | Contributor(s):: Bolstad, Courtney J., Porter, Ben, Brown, Cynthia J., Kennedy, Richard E., Nadorff, Michael R.

  11. Dog Walking and the Social Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Loneliness in Older Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Carr, Dawn, Friedmann, Erika, Gee, Nancy R., Gilchrist, Chelsea, Sachs-Ericsson, Natalie, Koodaly, Lincy

  12. Effects of a Nutritional Supplement on Cognitive Function in Aged Dogs and on Synaptic Function of Primary Cultured Neurons

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    | Contributor(s):: Maria Elena Pero, Laura Cortese, Vincenzo Mastellone, Raffaella Tudisco, Nadia Musco, Anna Scandurra, Biagio D’Aniello, Giuseppe Vassalotti, Francesca Bartolini, Pietro Lombardi

    The objective of this research was to investigate the efficacy of DìSeniorTM, a nutraceutical formulated to improve cognitive functions in elderly dogs. To this purpose, some clinical and metabolic investigations and a spatial navigation test were performed in treated and untreated dogs....

  13. Companion animals likely do not spread COVID-19 but may get infected themselves

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    | Contributor(s):: Anna Csiszar, Ferenc Jakab, Teresa G. Valencak, Zsófia Lanszki, Gábor Endre Tóth, Gábor Kemenesi, Stefano Tarantini, Vince Fazekas-Pongor, Zoltan Ungvari

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). From the epidemiological data, the picture emerges that the more severe etiopathologies among COVID-19 patients are found in elderly...

  14. Pet ownership and its influence on mental health in older adults

    | Contributor(s):: Genieve Zhe Hui Gan, Anne-Marie Hill, Polly Yeung, Sharon Keesing, Julie Anne Netto

  15. Associations of pet ownership with biomarkers of ageing: population based cohort study

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    | Contributor(s):: G David Batty, Paola Zaninotto, Richard G Watt, Steven Bell

  16. Using the incidence and impact of health conditions in guide dogs to investigate healthy ageing in working dogs

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    | Contributor(s):: Caron-Lormier, G., England, G. C. W., Green, M. J., Asher, L.

    This study aimed to use retirement data from working guide dogs to investigate healthy ageing in dogs and the demographic factors that influence ageing. Using a dataset of 7686 dogs spanning 20 years, dogs withdrawn for health reasons before they reached retirement were identified. Cases of...

  17. Assistive Device Use among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Profile of Canadians Using Hearing, Vision, and Mobility Devices in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

    | Contributor(s):: Ishigami, Yoko, Jutai, Jeffrey, Kirkland, Susan

    There is increasing recognition that using assistive devices can support healthy aging. Minimizing discomfort and loss of function and increasing independence can have a substantial impact physically, psychologically, and financially on persons with functional impairments and resulting activity...

  18. Animal-Assisted Therapy Improves Communication and Mobility among Institutionalized People with Cognitive Impairment

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    | Contributor(s):: Rodrigo-Claverol, M., Malla-Clua, B., Marquilles-Bonet, C., Sol, J., Jové-Naval, J., Sole-Pujol, M., Ortega-Bravo, M.

    Disorders of communication, social relationships, and psychomotricity are often characterized by cognitive impairment, which hinders daily activities and increases the risk of falls. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) program in an institutionalized...

  19. Brakes and levers to implement an animal-assisted intervention in nursing homes: Preliminary study

    | Contributor(s):: Forget, S., Pennequin, V., Agli, O., Bailly, N.

  20. Pros and cons of pet ownership in sustaining independence in community-dwelling older adults: a scoping review

    | Contributor(s):: Obradović, Nataša, Lagueux, Émilie, Michaud, Frédéric, Provencher, Véronique