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
- 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
- In one trial of 68 nursing home residents in Australia, individuals who visited a dog reported less fatigue, tension, confusion and depression
For more information about Healthy Aging:
Banks, Marian R., and William A. Banks. “The effects of animal-assisted therapy on loneliness in an elderly population in long-term care facilities.” The journals of gerontology series A: biological sciences and medical sciences 57.7 (2002): M428-M432.