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Pet Ownership and Human–Animal Interaction inan Aging Population: Rewards and Challenges

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dc.contributor.author Enders-Slegers, Marie-José
dc.contributor.author Hedinger, Karin
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-31T14:15:44Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-31T14:15:44Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Enders-Slegers, M.-J. & Hediger, K. (2019). Pet Ownership andHuman–Animal Interaction in an Aging Population: Rewards and Challenges. Anthrozoös: 32(2), 255-265. DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2019.15699 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/08927936.2019.1569907
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1907
dc.description.abstract 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, and retain their independence. Increasingly, the impact of pet ownership and other forms of human–animal interaction in healthy aging are discussed and investigated. In the Western world, more than 50% of households own one or more pets. The popularity of pets means they are well positioned to provide opportunities for companionship and nurturance. Since social networks tend to decrease as people age, pets may fill some gaps. While it is common to read about the benefits of pets and human–animal interactions, pet ownership in older age is also related to challenges and animal welfare concerns. This paper aims to briefly review the benefits and then explore risks and challenges related to pet ownership in older adulthood. In addition, we present strategies for maintaining beneficial pet ownership and human–animal interaction for older adults. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.subject Research Review en_US
dc.subject Older Adults en_US
dc.subject Seniors en_US
dc.subject Elderly en_US
dc.subject Aging en_US
dc.subject Companion Animals en_US
dc.subject Pets en_US
dc.subject Informal Support en_US
dc.subject Social Support en_US
dc.subject Well-being en_US
dc.subject Animal Welfare en_US
dc.subject Protective Factors en_US
dc.subject Risk Factors en_US
dc.title Pet Ownership and Human–Animal Interaction inan Aging Population: Rewards and Challenges en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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