Library: Health Benefits of Animals for Seniors

Updated: 01/24/2013 (*denotes newest articles)


Companion Animals in the lives of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease. Mara M. Baun, D.N.Sc., FAAN University of Texas-Houston School of Nursing

For Seniors: Pets Are Just Plain Healthy. By Ed Kane, PhD

The Role of Pets in Enhancing Human Well-Being: Effects for Older People. Lynette A. Hart
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Effects of Watching Aquariums on Elders' Stress. Mary M. DeSchriver and Carol Cutler Riddick

Stressful Life Events and Use of Physician Services Among the Elderly. Judith M. Siegel

Pet Ownership and Attachment as Supportive Factors in the Health of the Elderly. Thomas F. Garrity, et al


* Pets for Older People: A Matter of Value. Interviews by Marian Brickner. Parks, Beatrice; Thies, Garnett; Harris, Doris; Stockton, Peggy; Thomason, Nada Lee. Care Management Journal. 2011 Fall; 12(3): 115-121.

* Regular Dog-Walking Improves Physical Capacity in Elderly Patients After Myocardial Infarction. Ružić, Alen; Miletić, Bojan; Ružić, Tatjana; Peršić, Viktor; Laškarin, Gordana. Collegium Antropologicum. 2011 Sep; 35, Suppl., 2: 73-75.

* Assistive Robotics and an Ecology of Elders Living Independently in Their Homes. Forlizzi, Jodi; DiSalvo, Carl; Gemperle, Francine. Human-Computer Interaction. 2004 Mar; 19(1-2): 25-59.

Attachment to Pet Dogs and Depression in Rural Older Adults. Miltiades, Helen; Shearer, Juliette. Anthrozoös. 2011 Jun; 24(2): 147-154.

About Cats and Dogs … Reconsidering the Relationship Between Pet Ownership and Health Related Outcomes in Community-Dwelling Elderly. Rijken, Mieke; van Beek, Sandra. Social Indicators Research. 2011 Jul; 102(3): 373-388. 

AAA and AAT Projects In A Geriatric Institute: Effects On The Patients’ Welfare. Michelazzi, M.; Besana, F.; Santarato, D.; Diudici, P.; Verga, M. Journal of Veterinary Behavior. 2007 May-Jun; 2(3): 83-83.

Companions In Presence: Animal Assistants And Eldercare. Koppel, Michael S. Pastoral Psychology. 2011 Feb; 60(1): 107-115.

A Comparison Of Animal-Assisted Therapy And Animal-Assisted Activities With Dogs In Swedish Residential Care. Nord, C. Gerontologist. 2010 Oct; 50: Supplement 1: 32-32.

Effect Of Animal-Assisted Therapy On Engagement Of Rural Nursing Home Residents. Martindale, Brianne P. American Journal of Recreation Therapy. 2008 Fall; 7(4): 45-53.

Companion Animals For Elderly Women: The Importance Of Attachment. Chur-Hansen, Anna; Winefield, Helen Russell; Beckwith, Melinda. Qualitative Research in Psychology. Oct 2009; 6(4): 281-293.

Pets And Elderly People: Single Company Or Something Else? Rodrigo Claverol, M. D.; Ortega Bravo, M.; Sarmiento Cruz, M.; Rodrigo Claverol, E.; Capdevila Andreu, M.; Nadal Braque, N. Swiss Medical Weekly. 2009 Aug 22; 139(3-4): Supplementum 175: 120S-120S.

Petmanship: Understanding Elderly Filipinos' Self-Perceived Health And Self-Esteem Captured From Their Lived Experiences With Pet Companions. de Guzman, Allan B.; Cucueco, Denise S.; Cuenco, Ian Benedict V.; Cunanan, Nigel Gerome C.; Dabandan, Robel T.; Dacanay, Edgar Joseph E. Educational Gerontology. 2009 Nov; 35(11): 963-989.

The Influence Of Companion Animals On The Psychological Health Of Older Adults. May, Cybele. Australian Veterinary Practitioner. 2007; 37 (1): 14-16,18-19.

Walking For Therapy With Man's Best Friend. Cangelosi, Pamela R.; Sorrell, Jeanne M. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 2010 Mar; 48(3): 19-22.

Effect Of Dog-Walking On Autonomic Nervous Activity In Senior Citizens. Motooka M, Koike H, Yokoyama T, Kennedy NL. Medical journal of Australia. 2006 Jan 16; 184(2): 60-63.

Pet Encounters: Animal-assisted Therapy for Frail Older Adults. Buettner, Linda L. Activities Directors' Quarterly for Alzheimer's & Other Dementia Patients, 2008 Winter; 9(1): 29-45.

Dog Visitation Therapy in Dementia Care: A Literature Review. Williams, Elizabeth; Jenkins, Rhiannon. Nursing Older People. 2008 Oct; 20(8): 31-35.

Animal-assisted Therapy As a Nondrug Approach to Pain and Depression for Older Adults with Dementia. Richeson, Nancy E. Activities Directors' Quarterly for Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Patients, 8(1) 2007 Winter: 3-6.

Association with Companion Animals and the Expression of Noncognitive Symptoms in Alzheimer's Patients. Fritz, C.L.; Farver, T.B., Kass, P.H., Hart, L.The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, July 1995, 183 (7)

Pets and the Health of Older People. J. McNicholas, G. M. Collis 

Influence of Companion Animals on the Physical and Psychological Health of Older People: An Analysis of a One-Year Longitudinal Study. P. Raina, D. Waltner-Toews, B. Bonnett, C. Woodward, and T. Abernathy. 

Relationship Between Pet Ownership and Healthcare Use Among Seniors. P. Raina, B. Bonnett, and D. Waltner-Toews.

Pet Ownership May be a Factor in Improved Health of the Elderly. D. Dembicki and J. Anderson.

The Impact of Pet Ownership on the Functional Transitions Among Elderly. P Raina, D. Waltner-Toews, and B. Bonnett. 

The Relationship of Loneliness and Stress to Human-Animal Attachment in the Elderly. C. Keil and B. Barba.

The Role of Pet Dogs in Casual Conversations of Elderly Adults. J. Rogers, L.A. Hart, and R.P. Boltz.

The Importance of Companion Animal Relationships in the Lives of Older People. McColgan, G., Schofield, I. Nursing Older People, 19(1) 2007 Feb: 21-3. 

The Mediating Effect of Pet Attachment Support Between Loneliness and General Health in Older Females Living in the Community. Krause-Parello, Cheryl A. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 2008 Jan-Mar; 25(1): 1-14.



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