Companion animals and the health of older people

The International Federation on Ageing has published Companion animals and the health of older persons as one response to the projected costs associated with caring for ageing populations. A literature review examined the relationship of older people living both independently and in long-term care facilities, including dementia sufferers and people with a mental illness, with their pets.

The study focused on the physical, mental, emotional and social health of these people, as well as the role of animals in their perceptions of inclusion in their community. The economic impact of animals interacting with older people was also examined and some promising initiatives explored, including one in Victoria and one in NSW. It was acknowledged that research on this topic has been very limited.

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Re-Posted from "HealthInfo Blog"

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