The Meaning of Companion-Animal Support in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: An Integrative Review

Activity: Talk or presentation typesTalk or presentation (not at a conference)Academic


Because of an aging population and increasing number of community-dwelling older adults (CDOA) receiving long-term care, many Western countries have reformed their healthcare system to reduce costs and improve care. A source of support for CDOA may be their pets. In Western countries, approximately half of the households owns pets. Some studies support the idea that pets can provide social support and improve the mental, physical, and social wellbeing of CDOA. At this time there is little attention from healthcare organisations for this phenomenon and few healthcare organisations have implemented guidelines or tools concerning pets of healthcare clients. This integrative review of qualitative studies attempted to provide more insight into the roles and the meaning of pets in the support system of CDOA.
Period18 Nov 2021
Event title2021 International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Virtual Congress: Inclusion, Creativity and Rights - The Future of Mental Health Care for Older Adults
Event typeConference
LocationUnited StatesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational