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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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

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

  4. Animal-assisted therapy : a volunteer's perspective

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    | Contributor(s):: Moorhead, Jesse Rose

    Animal Assisted Therapy is a non-traditional therapy method that has gained recognition in recent years. The literature on the subject is largely provided by professional counselors and licensed social workers. This study investigated the perspectives of the volunteer animal handlers who...

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

    | Contributor(s):: Veilleux, A.

  6. Animal-Assisted Therapy Improves Communication and Mobility among Institutionalized People with Cognitive Impairment

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    | 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...

  7. 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

  8. [Impact of animal-assisted interventions on the resident]

    | Contributor(s):: Chrusciel, J., Letty, A., Armaingaud, D., Hay, P. E., Sanchez, S.

  9. Engagement in elderly persons with dementia attending animal-assisted group activity

    | Contributor(s):: Olsen, C., Pedersen, I., Bergland, A., Enders-Slegers, M. J., Ihlebaek, C.

  10. Risk Factors of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Logistic Regression Tree Analysis

    | Contributor(s):: T Yamashita, D Noe, A Bailer

  11. Some recent work on the psychotherapeutic value of caged birds with older people

    | Contributor(s):: RA Mugford, JG M'Comisky

  12. A Review of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Long-Term Care Facilities

    | Contributor(s):: Jenna Ebener, Hunhui Oh

    Past research fails to make connections comparing appropriate settings for the benefits of different species of therapy and resident animals in long-term care facilities specifically for the elderly. Two types of animal-assisted interactions (therapy and resident) and four animal species (birds,...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  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. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...