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Healthy Aging

Research

Scientific research has demonstrated the link between human-animal interaction and healthy aging.

  • One study found that strong attachment to a pet was associated with less depression among elderly people[1]
  • AAT can effectively reduce loneliness in residents of long-term care facilities, particularly for those who have a strong life-history of a relationship with pets[2]
  • In one trial of 68 nursing home residents in Australia, individuals who visited a dog reported less fatigue, tension, confusion and depression[3]

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