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  1. 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

  2. A Systematic Review of Research on Pet Ownership and Animal Interactions among Older Adults

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    | Contributor(s):: Gee, Nancy R., Mueller, Megan K.

    Research on the impact of companion animals in the lives of older adults is considered from two perspectives: pet ownership and in animal-assisted interventions (AAI). This paper first presents a discussion of potential theoretical explanations of the impact of animals on human health and...

  3. Pet Ownership and Human–Animal Interaction in an Aging Population: Rewards and Challenges

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    | Contributor(s):: Enders-Slegers, Marie-José, Hediger, Karin

    Older adults in most developed countries can now expect to live nearly 80 years without significant disability. To maximize the quality of the years after retirement, societies, governments, and organizations are seeking strategies to help older adults maintain their mental and physical health,...

  4. Pets in the Lives of Older Adults: A Life Course Perspective

    | Contributor(s):: Bibbo, Jessica, Curl, Angela L., Johnson, Rebecca A.

    This study employed the life course perspective to investigate the convergence of two demographic shifts: the aging of the population and the increase of pet ownership. Specifically, we examined whether pet ownership, the degree of bond with a pet, and reasons for and against pet ownership...

  5. Dog Visiting Programs for Managing Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults: A Meta-Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Borgi, Marta PhD, Collacchi, Barbara MSc, Giuliani, Alessandro PhD, Cirulli, Francesca PhD

  6. When 'Places' Include Pets: Broadening the Scope of Relational Approaches to Promoting Aging-in-Place

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    | Contributor(s):: Ann M. Toohey, Jennifer A. Hewson, Cindy L. Adams, Melanie J. Rock

    Aging-in-place is a well-established concept, but discussions rarely consider that many older adults live with pets. In a ‘pet-friendly’ city, we conducted semi-structured interviews to explore perspectives of community-based social support agencies that promote aging-in-place, and...

  7. Conditions for pets to prevent depression in older adults

    | Contributor(s):: Cheung, C. K., Kam, P. K.

  8. Critical Review of Research Methods Used to Consider the Impact of Human–Animal Interaction on Older Adults' Health

    | Contributor(s):: Friedmann, Erika, Gee, Nancy R.

  9. Companion Animals and Health in Older Populations: A Systematic Review

    | Contributor(s):: Hughes, M. J., Verreynne, M. L., Harpur, P., Pachana, N. A.

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

    | Contributor(s):: Mueller, M. K., Gee, N. R., Bures, R. M.

  11. 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...

  12. Pet therapy: Enhancing social and cardiovascular wellness in community dwelling older adults

    | Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A., Kolassa, John

  13. 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...

  14. Animais solidários: a zooterapia como extensão universitária para idosos institucionalizados

    | Contributor(s):: Gisele Dela Ricci, Carina Torelli, Maria de Fatima Martins, Thiago William de Almeida

    This study aimed to introduce different animals into Vicente de Paulo Asylum quotidian, in Pirassununga city, State of São Paulo, through the lonely animals’ project of veterinary medicine and husbandry faculty of São Paulo State University, researching identify the best way...

  15. Animal Therapy for Elderly with Memory Disorders : A Literature Review

    | Contributor(s):: Jessica Powell

    Memory loss is not a natural and normal part of ageing, but rather a symptom of a disease process. Most individuals with memory loss experience emotional distress or behavioral problems. There is an enormous amount of pressure on caregivers to manage individuals with memory loss without resorting...

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

    | 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. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. Neighbourhoods, dogs and walking: An exploration of factors relevant to healthy aging in place

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    | Contributor(s):: Toohey, Ann Madeline

  20. Understanding the Human-Animal Bond: Implications for Practice with Community-Living Older Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Callahan, Ann M., Brotherton, Regina, Vakalahi, Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue, Simpson, Gaynell M., Giunta, Nancy