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  1. Effects of a Form of Equine-Facilitated Learning on Heart Rate Variability, Immune Function, and Self-Esteem in Older Adults

    Contributor(s):: Ann L. Baldwin, Barbara K. Rector, Ann C. Alden

    Equine-facilitated learning (EFL) helps people access their immediate sensations and feelings because horses, as prey animals, are continually aware of their environment and provide instant feedback to human behaviors and emotions. We hypothesize that during EFL, older people become more aware...

  2. Evaluation of the Dogs, Physical Activity, and Walking (Dogs PAW) Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial

    Contributor(s):: Elizabeth Richards, N. Ogata, C. Cheng

    Background. To facilitate physical activity (PA) adoption and maintenance, promotion of innovative population-level strategies that focus on incorporating moderate intensity, lifestyle PA are needed. Objectives. The purpose of this randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the Dogs, Physical...

  3. Depression, loneliness, and pet attachment in homebound older adult cat and dog owners

    Contributor(s):: Sandy M. Branson, Lisa Boss, Stanley Cron, Dennis C. Turner

    Background: Companion animals may reduce depression and loneliness in socially isolated homebound older adults. However, whether owning a cat or dog is more beneficial in this population remains unknown.Materials and Methods: Pet attachment and the levels of depressive symptoms and loneliness...

  4. 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...

  5. Shelter Dog Behavior Improvement: Dog Walking as Enrichment

    Contributor(s):: Rebecca A Johnson, Charlotte McKenney, Sandra McCune

    Background: Several million dogs are euthanized in animal shelters annually after multiple relinquishment reasons (Scarlett, 2002; Salman, 1998; New, 2000 & Kass, 2001). Gains in pet adoptions are happening via shelter enrichment programs. We hypothesized that shelter dogs participating in a...

  6. Walk A Hound, Lose A Pound, & Stay Fit for Seniors

    Contributor(s):: Rebecca Ann Johnson, Charlotte McKenney, Sandra McCune

    Background: Obesity rates in older adults are linked with the national problem of limited physical activity (PA), resulting in chronic illness. Obesity-related illness and functional loss require innovative interventions. Older adult dog walkers maintained physical functioning over a 3 year...

  7. 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...

  8. Eläinavusteinen toiminta osana sosiaali- ja terveysalaa : Pirkanmaan Hali-Bernit tuottamassa hyvää oloa

    Contributor(s):: Sini Reini

    Opinnäytetyön tarkoituksena on tutkia ja tarkastella eläinavusteista toimintaa ja sen yhteyttä sosiaali- ja terveysalaan. Tarkemmin eriteltynä tarkoituksena on selvittää mitä eläinavusteinen toiminta on, miten eläinavusteinen toiminta voi...

  9. GREEN CARE -TOIMINTA VANHUSTEN HOIDOSSA JA KUNTOUTUKSESSA : Integroitu kirjallisuuskatsaus

    Contributor(s):: Anu Kosomaa

    Green Care eli Vihreä hoiva on yläkäsite monille eri sosiaalisille ja terveyden edistämisen sekä kuntoutuksen toiminnoille, joille on yhteistä luonnon, eläinten, maaseutuympäristön ja -työn hyödyntäminen ihmisten elämänlaadun...

  10. 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...

  11. Hännänheilahduksia : koira-avusteisen työskentelyn pilottiprojekti Turun kaupungin ympärivuorokautisessa hoidossa olevien vanhusten parissa

    Contributor(s):: Johanna Lundén

    Kehittämistyön tarkoituksena oli seurata ja dokumentoida Turun kaupungin vanhusten ympärivuorokautisen hoidon yksiköissä toteutettavaa koira-avusteisen työskentelyn pilottiprojektia helmikuusta syyskuuhun 2012. Projekti tukee Green care ideologian...

  12. Eficácia da intervenção assistida por animais na autopercepção de saúde, autoestima, sintomas depressivos e qualidade de vida relacionada à saúde em idosos residentes em instituição de longa permanência

    Contributor(s):: Renata Coelho Freire Batista Queiroz

    O envelhecimento populacional e as mudanças na dinâmica familiar estão levando um número maior de pessoas a residirem em Instituições de Longa Permanência (ILPI), refletindo na qualidade de vida dos idosos. Algumas terapias não medicamentosas...

  13. Behavioral responses of nursing home residents to visits from a person with a dog, a robot seal or a toy cat

    Contributor(s):: Thodberg, K., Sorensen, L. U., Videbech, P. B., Poulsen, P. H., Houbak, B., Damgaard, V., Keseler, I., Edwards, D., Christensen, J. W.

    Previous studies suggest that contact with dogs can positively affect the wellbeing of elderly people in nursing homes, but there is a lack of research investigating the causal pathways of these effects. One such pathway may relate to the behavioral responses of the elderly when interacting with...

  14. Examining differences between homebound older adult pet owners and non-pet owners in depression, systemic inflammation, and executive function

    Contributor(s):: Branson, S., Boss, L., Cron, S., Kang, DuckHee

    Homebound older adults are prone to depression, which is linked to systemic inflammation that promotes executive function decline. A companion animal may reduce the negative biobehavioral processes associated with depression, inflammation, and reduced executive function in homebound older...

  15. "She's a dog at the end of the day": Guide dog owners' perspectives on the behaviour of their guide dog

    Contributor(s):: Craigon, P. J., Hobson-West, P., England, G. C. W., Whelan, C., Lethbridge, E., Asher, L.

  16. Djurens inverkan på den äldre människans välbefinnande

    Contributor(s):: Alexsina Gustafsson

    Detta examensarbete var ett beställningsarbete av Lovisa stad. Syftet med arbetet var att ta reda på hur djuren påverkar den äldre människans välbefinnande. Frågeställningarna var två stycken och de löd; 1. Hur påverkar djuren den...

  17. Maneig dels símptomes psicològics i conductuals de la demència en persones institucionalitzades: disseny d'una intervenció de teràpia assistida amb gossos

    Contributor(s):: Danae Montañés Bernad

    L’envelliment de la població comportarà un gran augment en la prevalença de demències, i més en pacients institucionalitzats. Les repercussions de la malaltia, que no només afecten la persona, sinó també l’entorn sociofamiliar,...

  18. The psychological Impact of Companion Animals for Older Adults who Reside Alone

    Contributor(s):: Tess Reed

    Companion animals have been identified as improving the physical and emotional health of some older adults (Collis & McNicholas, 1998). This qualitative study explored the psychological impact of owning a cat or a dog for persons aged 65 or older who resided alone. Nine participants, two...

  19. 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...

  20. Animal-assisted intervention as health promotion for elderly persons with dementia

    Contributor(s):: Christine Olsen

    Dementia is an increasing health concern for old people, their families, and their social and health care providers. A range of health care services is needed for persons with dementia, ranging from home-based services, respite care (e.g. attending a day-care centre), to residential care at a...