Pet ownership and its influence on mental health in older adults
Contributor(s):: Genieve Zhe Hui Gan, Anne-Marie Hill, Polly Yeung, Sharon Keesing, Julie Anne Netto
Assistive Device Use among Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Profile of Canadians Using Hearing, Vision, and Mobility Devices in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging
Contributor(s):: Ishigami, Yoko, Jutai, Jeffrey, Kirkland, Susan
There is increasing recognition that using assistive devices can support healthy aging. Minimizing discomfort and loss of function and increasing independence can have a substantial impact physically, psychologically, and financially on persons with functional impairments and resulting activity...
Animal-Assisted Therapy Improves Communication and Mobility among Institutionalized People with Cognitive Impairment
| Contributor(s):: Rodrigo-Claverol, M., Malla-Clua, B., Marquilles-Bonet, C., Sol, J., Jové-Naval, J., Sole-Pujol, M., Ortega-Bravo, M.
Disorders of communication, social relationships, and psychomotricity are often characterized by cognitive impairment, which hinders daily activities and increases the risk of falls. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) program in an institutionalized...
Pros and cons of pet ownership in sustaining independence in community-dwelling older adults: a scoping review
| Contributor(s):: Obradović, Nataša, Lagueux, Émilie, Michaud, Frédéric, Provencher, Véronique
Bergeyella zoohelcum isolated from oral cavities of therapy dogs
| Contributor(s):: Muramatsu, Y., Haraya, N., Horie, K., Uchida, L., Kooriyama, T., Suzuki, A., Horiuchi, M.
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...
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,...
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...
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
When 'Places' Include Pets: Broadening the Scope of Relational Approaches to Promoting Aging-in-Place
| 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...
Conditions for pets to prevent depression in older adults
| Contributor(s):: Cheung, C. K., Kam, P. K.
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.
Companion Animals and Health in Older Populations: A Systematic Review
| Contributor(s):: Hughes, M. J., Verreynne, M. L., Harpur, P., Pachana, N. A.
Human-animal interaction as a social determinant of health: descriptive findings from the health and retirement study
| Contributor(s):: Mueller, M. K., Gee, N. R., Bures, R. M.
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...
Pet therapy: Enhancing social and cardiovascular wellness in community dwelling older adults
| Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A., Kolassa, John
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...
Animais solidários: a zooterapia como extensão universitária para idosos institucionalizados
| Contributor(s):: Gisele Dela Ricci, Carina Torelli, Maria de Fatima Martins, Thiago William de Almeida
This study aimed to introduce different animals into Vicente de Paulo Asylum quotidian, in Pirassununga city, State of São Paulo, through the lonely animals’ project of veterinary medicine and husbandry faculty of São Paulo State University, researching identify the best way...
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...
Re-evaluating the Role of Companion Animals in the Era of the Aging Boomer
| Contributor(s):: Rebecca J. Huss
The Census Bureau reports that the number of Americans sixty-five years and older is expected to double to 88.5 million by 2050, and will represent 19% of the population by 2030. Not only is the percentage of the population over sixty-five years of age growing, but the...