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  1. Wirkungen tiergestützter Interventionen auf Menschen mit Demenz in ambulant betreuten Wohngemeinschaften

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    | Contributor(s):: Sabrina Naber

    Die vorliegende Dissertation untersucht die Auswirkungen von regelmäßig stattfindenden tiergestützten Interventionen auf Menschen mit Demenz, die in ambulant betreuten Wohngemeinschaften leben. Zudem werden die Auswirkungen der tiergestützten Interventionen auf die...

  2. Okanagan dog visitation's impact on seniors' social support : comparing group and individual conditions

    | Contributor(s):: Lindsay Burton

    Introduction: Social support (SS) is an important determinant of senior health. Dogs are an underutilized modality for seniors’ SS promotion, and dog visitation programs are emerging to address this underutilization. Dogs impact SS in two ways according to the Social Support Theory, as an...

  3. Sällskapsdjurens betydelse för de äldres välbefinnande

    | Contributor(s):: Emma Gäddnäs

    Denna studie undersöker sällskapsdjurens betydelse för de äldres välbefinnande. Syftet med studien är att diskutera vad sällskapsdjur betyder för de äldres välbefinnande och vad djur kan betyda för de äldre som bor på...

  4. The Experiences of the Central Texas Elderly and Animal-Assisted Interventions in Assisted-Living Facilities via Medicalization

    | Contributor(s):: Heather Nicole Yonce

    Medicalization is defined as a “process in which personal and social problems and behaviors have come to be viewed as diseases or medical problems that the medical and allied health professionals have a mandate to ‘treat’” (Kaufman 1994, 45-46). Medicalization is enacted...

  5. Animals in recovery: how to develop an animal therapy program at a residential treatment facility for people with a mental health diagnosis

    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Ann Kintz

    Animal therapy has many health benefits for people and can be incorporated into the mental health recovery process. People with a mental health diagnosis can suffer from many negative mental health symptoms. Currently there is not a formal animal therapy program for people living at a residential...

  6. Predictors of participation in an animal-assisted activity program

    | Contributor(s):: Stacie Lynn Davison

    The purpose of this study was to assess the significance of demographic variables, depression, and pet attitude as predictors of willingness to participate in animal-assisted activity (AAA) programs. The final sample included 57 residents at assisted-living centers in California, most of whom...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. Dog visitation's impact on seniors' social support: comparing group and individual conditions

    | Contributor(s):: Lindsay Burton

    Introduction: Social support (SS) is an important determinant of senior health. Dogs are an underutilized modality for seniors’ SS promotion, and dog visitation programs are emerging to address this underutilization. Dogs impact SS in two ways according to the Social Support Theory, as an...

  10. The Effect of the presence of a pet animal on the socialization behavior of withdrawn hospitalized persons with a psychiatric diagnosis

    | Contributor(s):: Barbara P. Olchowy

    In recent years increased attention has been given to the special benefits that animals provide to the medically ill, the emotionally disturbed, the elderly, the physically impaired and the normal healthy person.  The effect of the presence of animal companionship has been associated with...

  11. The Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy at a Long Term Care Facility

    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Kendziorski, Carol Treacy

    This thesis is a qualitative study on how resident pets impacted the lives of residents in a nursing home. Through the hermeneutic process, ten participants were interviewed to determine their relationships with the animals. Five common themes emerged from this study; (a) the participants enjoyed...

  12. Does the Addition of Animal-Assisted Therapy as an Adjunct Therapy Improve the Morbidity and Mortality of Hospitalized Patients?

    | Contributor(s):: Ryan Hamm

    Background: Animals have been associated with humans for thousands of years and have fulfilled numerous roles. The use of animals as an adjunct therapy is not a new concept has been shown to have numerous positive effects including improved hemodynamic measures, decreased pain, and an improved...

  13. Burrowing Deeper: What Rabbit-Assisted Activities Mean to Older Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Natalie Pitheckoff

    Using animal-assisted activities as a recreational program for older adults has long been practiced. Despite its utilization, there is limited research on this topic and no research has exclusively focused on rabbits. The purpose of this study, therefore, was to explore the meaning and experience...

  14. Implementing a Therapy Dog Program in a Long-Term Geriatric Care Facility: A Seminar for Health Administrators

    | Contributor(s):: Jaime Lee Hollingsworth

    This thesis outlines the many benefits of animal-assisted therapy and discusses the necessary process for the successful planning and implementation of a therapy dog program in a long-term geriatric care facility. An ever-increasing amount of research proves the physiological,...

  15. Effects of a Pet Visitation Program on the Psychological Satisfaction, Social Interaction and Self Esteem of Institutionalized Elderly Women

    | Contributor(s):: Melva Juanita Bost

    A descriptive study was conducted to determine if a pet visitation program was an effective intervention in promoting psychological satisfaction and improvingsocial interaction and self-esteem of elderly women living in a nursing home. Six subjects, aged 60 to 94 years, participated in this...

  16. The effect of animal-assisted therapy on levels of measured anxiety and depression in residents of assisted living and health care communities

    | Contributor(s):: Hagmann, Catherine Smith

  17. Effect of the human-animal bond on nursing home and assisted living facility residents

    | Contributor(s):: Erin Betts Foster