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  1. A Qualitative Analysis of Pets as Suicide Protection for Older People

    Contributor(s):: Young, Janette, Bowen-Salter, Holly, O’Dwyer, Lisel, Stevens, Kristen, Nottle, Carmel, Baker, Amy

    An unanticipated finding during research on the role that pets play in the health of older adults was that pets had protected some from suicide. Given that older people are more vulnerable to fatal first attempts, understanding protective factors in this population is vital. Twelve older adults...

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

    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. Future Directions for Research on Human–Animal Interaction in an Aging Population

    Contributor(s):: Gee, Nancy R., Galik, Elizabeth

    This final paper in the thematic issue, “Human–Animal Interaction and Healthy Human Aging,” highlights and distills key points from the series of papers and provides recommendations for improving and expanding Human–Animal Interaction (HAI) research into healthy human aging. This paper also...

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

    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,...

  5. 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...

  6. Successful Aging, Social Support, and Ownership of a Companion Animal

    Contributor(s):: Pruchno, Rachel, Heid, Allison R., Wilson-Genderson, Maureen

    Studies consistently find that higher levels of social support improve the psychological and physiological health of older people, but findings from empirical research are mixed regarding the presence of a “pet effect”— the idea that living with an animal can improve human health, psychological...

  7. 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

  8. Paving the Path Toward Retirement for Assistance Animals: Transitioning Lives

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    | Contributor(s):: Ng, Z., Fine, A.

  9. Beyond ‘Hobby Farming’: towards a typology of non-commercial farming

    | Contributor(s):: Sutherland, Lee-Ann, Barlagne, Carla, Barnes, Andrew P.

  10. Anxiety and impulsivity: Factors associated with premature graying in young dogs

    | Contributor(s):: King, Camille, Smith, Thomas J., Grandin, Temple, Borchelt, Peter

    The present study examined the association of anxiety and impulsivity with premature muzzle grayness among young dogs. A sample of 400 dogs, ages 1–4 years was obtained at dog parks, shows, veterinary clinics, and other venues. Each dog was photographed and the degree of muzzle grayness was rated...

  11. 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...

  12. Conditions for pets to prevent depression in older adults

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

  13. The Intersection of Aging and Pet Guardianship: Influences of Health and Social Support

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    | Contributor(s):: Ranell L. Mueller, Elizabeth G. Hunter

    Studies of the human-animal bond show many positive health effects for pet guardians including a sense of companionship, reduced depression and loneliness, and higher activity levels, yet few studies have examined factors such as how the pet guardians’ health, age, and social networks...

  14. 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.

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

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

  16. Aging animal bodies: horse retirement yards as relational spaces of liminality, dwelling and negotiation

    | Contributor(s):: Franklin, Alex, Schuurman, Nora

  17. Can pets help make aging better? What do we know and believe?

    | Contributor(s):: Resnick, B.

    2019Geriatr Nurs402121-1220197-457210.1016/j.gerinurse.2019.03.001engSchool of Nursing, University of Maryland, 655 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA. Electronic address: barbresnick@gmail.com.text

  18. The companion dog as a model for human aging and mortality

    | Contributor(s):: jessica m hoffman, Kate E. Creevy, Alexander Franks, Dan G O'Neill, Daniel E. L. Promislow

    Around the world, human populations have experienced large increases in average lifespan over the last 150 years, and while individuals are living longer, they are spending more years of life with multiple chronic morbidities. Researchers have used numerous laboratory animal models to...

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

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    | Contributor(s):: Megan Kiely Mueller, Nancy Dreschel, Regina M. Bures

    Background We focused on human-animal interaction (HAI) as an important aspect of social functioning at the individual level, framing this emerging field from a public health perspective. Methods Using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) 2012 HAI module, we describe the...

  20. Demographic Change Across the Lifespan of Pet Dogs and Their Impact on Health Status

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    | Contributor(s):: Lisa J. Wallis, Dóra Szabó, Boglárka Erdélyi-Belle, Enikö Kubinyi

    Although dogs' life expectancies are six to twelve times shorter than that of humans, the demographics (e. g., living conditions) of dogs can still change considerably with aging, similarly to humans. Despite the fact that the dog is a particularly good model for human healthspan, and the...