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  1. 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...

  2. The Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Older Adults with Dementia

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    | Contributor(s):: Alison Waid Higgins

  3. 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.

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. Tripping Over Pets Can Have Life-Changing Consequences

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    | Contributor(s):: Harold Herzog

    Falls caused by pets can cause serious injuries, especially to the elderly.

  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. The Challenges and Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors

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    | Contributor(s):: Zazie Todd

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

    | Contributor(s):: Veilleux, A.

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

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

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. Pets: Their Effects On The Elderly

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    | Contributor(s):: Marjorie Flynn

    Pets have always had a capacity for putting human beings in touch with life. Watching a puppy or a kitten at play stirs a joy somewhere deep within us bringing with it a smile or a chuckle. Pets remind us of spring, of youth, of all there is to see on this earth that is new and alive. Pets keep...

  16. An examination of pet ownership among elderly caregivers and how it contributes to their well-being

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    | Contributor(s):: Cynthia Ann Fiello

    As the older population increases, there is a need for increased support for caregivers most of them older themselves. Owning a pet may providesome of this support. This study looked at caregivers age 55 and older of brain-impaired adults and examined whether or not the social support provided...

  17. Animal Assisted Therapy: An Effective Solution for Symptoms of Dementia in Institutionalized Elderly Patients

    | Contributor(s):: Peter Ashley, Jennifer Eriksson, Ashley Jeon

    Background: Dementia is a term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a severe decline in core mental abilities that are not part of the normal ageing process. Memory, communication and language, attention, reasoning and judgement, and visual perception may be significantly...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

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

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