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  1. The role of pets in the support systems of community-dwelling older adults: a qualitative systematic review

    Contributor(s):: Reniers, P. W. A., Declercq, I. J. N., Hediger, K., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Gerritsen, D. L., Leontjevas, R.

  2. The Significance of Pets for Vulnerable Older Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Explorative Qualitative Study

    Contributor(s):: Reniers, Peter W. A., Leontjevas, Ruslan, Declercq, Ine J. N., Enders-Slegers, Marie-José, Gerritsen, Debby L., Hediger, Karin

    Older adults receiving long-term care at home (LTCH-clients) were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its countermeasures. Previous research suggests that pets can mitigate some of the pandemic’s impacts for older adults but results are contradictory. Our aim was to investigate experiences of...

  3. First-Time Experience in Owning a Dog Guide by Older Adults with Vision Loss

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    | Contributor(s):: Kitsum Li, Jeffrey Kou, Yvonne Lam, Patricia Lyons, Susan Nguyen

    Introduction: Dog guides were found to be effective in helping adults with vision loss navigate in the community and improve overall well-being. In spite of the vast amount of literature on pet therapy and dog companionship, limited study exists on older adult with vision loss experience...

  4. A Systematic Review of the Effect of Assistance Dog Ownership on Practical Support, Health, and Wellbeing: Implications for Older Adults

    | Contributor(s):: Salmon, A. J., Pachana, N. A.

  5. The Effects of Pet Dog-Assisted Activities on Self-Esteem, Depression and Cognitive Function among Elderly People

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    | Contributor(s):: Esther Shin, Sung-Kook Lee

    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of pet dog-assisted activities on self-esteem, depression and cognitive function of elderly people Method: The experimental group(pet dog-assisted group) consisted of 22 people over 65 years old out of about 90 elderly people...

  6. Aggressiveness, ADHD-like behaviour, and environment influence repetitive behaviour in dogs

    | Contributor(s):: Sulkama, S., Salonen, M., Mikkola, S., Hakanen, E., Puurunen, J., Araujo, C., Lohi, H.

  7. Leashes, Litterboxes, and Lifelines: Exploring Volunteer-Based Pet Care Assistance Programs for Older Adults

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    | Contributor(s):: McLennan, K., Rock, M. J., Mattos, E., Toohey, A. M.

    At the convergence of population aging and pet-ownership, community stakeholders are well-positioned to support older adults’ relationships with companion animals through age-related transitions in health and living arrangements. In this study’s setting, a volunteer-based pet care...

  8. Visiting Hours: Spacetimes of Human-Animal Interaction in South African Elder Care

    | Contributor(s):: Golomski, C.

    This article examines human-animal interaction in elder care by focusing on an old age home in postapartheid South Africa. Residents admire and desire to be near animals, but staff mostly prohibit pets and service animals due to regulations about hygiene and frailty. Instead, people make...

  9. Assistive Technology Use among Older Adults with Vision Loss: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Canadian Newspapers

    | Contributor(s):: Fuchigami, Katharine, McGrath, Colleen, Bengall, Jordana, Kim, Stephanie, Debbie Laliberte, Rudman

    Low vision assistive devices are often positioned as enabling continued social participation and engagement by older adults in everyday activities; however, previous research suggests that the use of such technologies is restricted by various environmental factors. With little attention...

  10. Benefits and challenges of animal-assisted therapy in older adults: a literature review

    | Contributor(s):: Veilleux, A.

  11. COVID 19 - induced stress in dogs owned by elderly people

    | Contributor(s):: Malancus, R. N.

  12. Independent living with mobility restrictions: older people's perceptions of their out-of-home mobility

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    | Contributor(s):: Luoma-Halkola, Henna, Häikiö, Liisa

    We studied older people's perceptions of how they organise their out-of-home mobility and independent living when they face mobility restrictions, based on seven focus groups with older people (N = 28) from a suburb in Finland. This article provides an everyday life view of how the ability...

  13. The Impact of Robotic Companion Pets on Depression and Loneliness for Older Adults with Dementia During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    | Contributor(s):: Fogelson, D. M., Rutledge, C., Zimbro, K. S.

  14. Dog visits in nursing homes - increase complexity or keep it simple? A randomised controlled study

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    | Contributor(s):: Thodberg, K., Videbech, P. B., Hansen, T. G. B., Pedersen, A. B., Christensen, J. W.

    OBJECTIVE: To compare the immediate response of nursing home residents to dog visits with or without an activity, and the impact of cognitive ability. METHODS: In a randomly controlled trial, 174 nursing home residents were allocated to 12 bi-weekly 10-minute visits: either ordinary dog visits...

  15. Understanding the Benefits, Challenges, and the Role of Pet Ownership in the Daily Lives of Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Case Study

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    | Contributor(s):: Obradović, N., Lagueux, É, Latulippe, K., Provencher, V.

    Human-animal interactions may positively impact the health and well-being of older adults. Considering about one third of community-dwelling older adults report owning a pet, better understanding the benefits, challenges, and the role of pet ownership may help support the relationships between...

  16. The experience of animal therapy in residential aged care in New Zealand: a narrative analysis

    | Contributor(s):: Wong, Gemma, Breheny, Mary

  17. Animal-Assisted Therapy as an Intervention for Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis to Guide Evidence-Based Practice

    | Contributor(s):: Chang, S. J., Lee, J., An, H., Hong, W. H., Lee, J. Y.

  18. Recreational Horseback Riding and Its Association with Physical, Mental, and Social Wellbeing and Perceived Health

    | Contributor(s):: Schwarzmüller-Erber, Gabriele, Maier, Manfred, Stummer, Harald, Kundi, Michael

  19. The Relation Between Pet Ownership, Anxiety, and Depressive Symptoms in Late Life: Propensity Score Matched Analyses

    | Contributor(s):: Bolstad, Courtney J., Porter, Ben, Brown, Cynthia J., Kennedy, Richard E., Nadorff, Michael R.

  20. Needs and Preferences of Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Taiwan for Companion Robots and Pets: Survey Study

    | Contributor(s):: Chiu, Ching-Ju, Hsieh, Shiuan, Li, Chia-Wei