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  1. Revisión de la literatura sobre los beneficios e inconvenientes de la terapia con animales en personas mayores

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    | Contributor(s):: Laura Guillén Javaloyes

    Introducción: desde hace décadas, los animales han sido objeto de estudio multidisciplinar para los humanos por los efectos positivos que generan a las personas. El aumento de la esperanza de vida y de los cuidados necesarios en la última etapa del ciclo vital, nos hizo...

  2. Why Did I Share My Life With Glucio? A Life Course Approach to Explaining Pet Ownership Motivations in Late Adulthood

    | Contributor(s):: Uribe, Ana Cecilia Reyes

    The main purpose of this study was to gain insight into the motivations for pet ownership in late adulthood using a life course approach. A qualitative research methodology based on deductive thematic analysis was applied to examine the accounts given by 21 pet owners living in Mexico: 14 women...

  3. Loneliness, Depression, and Physical Activity in Older Adults: The Therapeutic Role of Human–Animal Interactions

    | Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A., Gulick, Elise E., Basin, Basilia

    The global population of older persons is projected in 2050 to reach approximately 2.1 billion. As people age, feelings of loneliness, depression, and physical inactivity often occur due to a multitude of reasons. These feelings may manifest and cause adverse health outcomes. With the predicted...

  4. 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...

  5. 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,...

  6. 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...

  7. The Effects of a Therapy Dog on the Blood Pressure and Heart Rate of Older Residents in a Nursing Home

    | Contributor(s):: Handlin, Linda, Nilsson, Anne, Lidfors, Lena, Petersson, Maria, Uvnäs-Moberg, Kerstin

    The aim of the present project was to investigate whether repeated visits by a therapy dog to nursing homes might affect the older residents’ systolic blood pressure and heart rate. A secondary aim was to investigate and compare effects (differences in responses) in older people with high and...

  8. An Experience Sampling Approach to Investigating Associations between Pet Presence and Indicators of Psychological Wellbeing and Mood in Older Australians

    | Contributor(s):: Bennett, Pauleen C., Trigg, Joshua L., Godber, Tim, Brown, Cynthia

    In this study we examined associations between pet ownership and presence and indicators of psychological wellbeing in older Australians, using an innovative, experience sampling methodology and a community-living sample of 68 adults, including 41 pet owners, all aged over 65 years. In response...

  9. Rendering Connection: Symbiosis Through Overlapping and Layering

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    | Contributor(s):: Haomin Yang

    This thesis seeks to create a space that enables social energy in traditional senior apartments by overlapping with another program, the animal center. Animals, as spiritual beings, may help ease stress and loneliness in the elderly. Also, animals can be seen as catalysts for intergenerational...

  10. The psychological and behavioural effects of an animal-assisted therapy programme in Korean older adults with dementia

    | Contributor(s):: Baek, S. M., Lee, Y., Sohng, K. Y.

    AIM: The purpose of this study was to investigate the psychological and behavioural effects of animal-assisted therapy on cognitive function, emotional state, problematic behaviours, and activities of daily living among older adults with dementia. METHODS: A nonequivalent control group pretest...

  11. An Exploration of Equine-Assisted Therapy to Improve Balance, Functional Capacity, and Cognition in Older Adults With Alzheimer Disease

    | Contributor(s):: Borges de Araujo, T., Martins, W. R., Freitas, M. P., Camargos, E., Mota, J., Safons, M. P.

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Alzheimer disease (AD) is a chronic, progressive dementia syndrome that features cognitive and behavioral symptoms, as well as physical and functional limitations that develop over the course of the disease. As an activity that involves physical and cognitive aspects,...

  12. Effectiveness of the dog therapy for patients with dementia - a systematic review

    | Contributor(s):: Klimova, B., Toman, J., Kuca, K.

    BACKGROUND: Dementia represents a mental and economic burden for both patients and their caregivers. Therefore, the aim of this study is to explore the effectiveness of animal assisted therapy (AAT) with special focus on canis therapy among people with dementia, specifically Alzheimer's disease....

  13. Animal-Assisted Activity in Critically Ill Older Adults: A Randomized Pilot and Feasibility Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Branson, S., Boss, L., Hamlin, S., Padhye, N. S.

    BACKGROUND: Limited evidence suggests the efficacy of animal-assisted activities (AAA) in improving biobehavioral stress responses in older patients in intensive care units (ICUs). OBJECTIVES: To assess the feasibility of an AAA (dog) intervention for improving biobehavioral stress response,...

  14. Effects of an animal visitation intervention on the depression, loneliness, and quality of life of older people: A randomised controlled study

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    | Contributor(s):: Chanelle J Buckle

    Older people—especially those living in residential facilities—comprise a vulnerable and oftentimes frail, but large and growing subset of the global population. Various age-related and socio-political, -economic, and -environmental factors place the quality of life of older people...

  15. It's all about the sex, or is it? Humans, horses and temperament

    | Contributor(s):: Fenner, K., Caspar, G., Hyde, M., Henshall, C., Dhand, N., Probyn-Rapsey, F., Dashper, K., McLean, A., McGreevy, P.

  16. Dogs in public spaces of Buenos Aires, Argentina: Exploring patterns of the abundance of dogs, the canine faecal contamination, the behaviour of people with dogs, and its relationships with demographic/economic variables

    | Contributor(s):: Rubel, D., Carbajo, A.

  17. Benefits, challenges, and needs of people living with cancer and their companion dogs: An exploratory study

    | Contributor(s):: Ingram, K. M., Cohen-Filipic, J.

  18. [Impact of animal-assisted interventions on the resident]

    | Contributor(s):: Chrusciel, J., Letty, A., Armaingaud, D., Hay, P. E., Sanchez, S.

  19. "There Is a Cat on Our Ward": Inpatient and Staff Member Attitudes toward and Experiences with Cats in a Psychiatric Ward

    | Contributor(s):: Wagner, C., Lang, U. E., Hediger, K.

  20. Animal-Assisted Intervention Improves Pain Perception in Polymedicated Geriatric Patients with Chronic Joint Pain: A Clinical Trial

    | Contributor(s):: Rodrigo-Claverol, M., Casanova-Gonzalvo, C., Malla-Clua, B., Rodrigo-Claverol, E., Jove-Naval, J., Ortega-Bravo, M.