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Effects of an animal visitation intervention on the depression, loneliness, and quality of life of older people: A randomised controlled study
| 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...
Paws for Thought: The Importance of Dogs in a Seniors Social Intervention
| Contributor(s):: Elisa Maria Concetta Papotto, Jessica Lee Oliva Dr
As Australia faces an aging population with an unprecedented life expectancy, it is the community’s obligation to ensure seniors are offered resources to support their well-being. Studies investigating loneliness in aged-care facilities attest to the therapeutic properties of dogs for...
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...
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 male...
The Psychological Benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy on Elderly Nursing Home Patients
| Contributor(s):: Sophia M. Elliott
This literature review of the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is centered on four scholarly articles published in major psychological journals discussing the reduction of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and cognitive impairments as well as the increase in well-being and happiness in...
Animal-Assisted Therapy and Application to Older Adults in Long Term Care
| Contributor(s):: Mercer, Kimberly Ann
A Meta-Analysis of Interventions to Reduce Loneliness
| Contributor(s):: Masi, C. M., Chen, H. Y., Hawkley, L. C., Cacioppo, J. T.
Granny and the robots: ethical issues in robot care for the elderly
| Contributor(s):: Sharkey, A., Sharkey, N.
Animal Care and the Elderly
| Contributor(s):: Bennett, Amy E.
Pet ownership may attenuate loneliness among older adult primary care patients who live alone
| Contributor(s):: Stanley, I. H., Conwell, Y., Bowen, C., Van Orden, K. A.
OBJECTIVES: Older adults who report feelings of loneliness are at increased risk for a range of negative physical and mental health outcomes, including early mortality. Identifying potential sources of social connectedness, such as pet ownership, could add to the understanding of how to promote...
Does owning a pet protect older people against loneliness?
| Contributor(s):: Pikhartova, J., Bowling, A., Victor, C.
An exploration of loneliness in community-dwelling older adults
| Contributor(s):: Smith, Judith M.
Pets and the level of loneliness in community dwelling older adults
| Contributor(s):: Nunnelee, Jane Baker
Relationships among loneliness, human social support, pet attachment support, and subjective well-being in older adults
| Contributor(s):: Krause-Parello, Cheryl A.
Pets and Loneliness
| Contributor(s):: Woodward, John C., Queen, Janel
Canine Assisted Therapy (C.A.T) Dogs
Unconditional Love. That is the main attribute of all Canine Assisted Therapy (C.A.T.) Dogs. Canine Assisted Therapy, (C.A.T.), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in August of 2009 to address the need of companionship for those in nursing homes, hospice, assisted living, and...
| Contributor(s):: Wolfson, Elissa
Animal-assisted therapy and loneliness in nursing homes: use of robotic versus living dogs
| Contributor(s):: Banks, Marian R., Willoughby, Lisa M., Banks, William A.
Canaries, cats, and canines
| Contributor(s):: Donker, Catherine E., Heidenreich, Heidi M.
Effects of animal-assisted therapy on loneliness in an elderly population in long-term care facilities
| Contributor(s):: Banks, Marian R., Banks, William A.
BackgroundAnimal-assisted therapy (AAT) is claimed to have a variety of benefits, but almost all published results are anecdotal. We characterized the resident population in long-term care facilities desiring AAT and determined whether AAT can objectively improve loneliness. MethodsOf 62...