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Beneficios terapéuticos por empleo de los animales de compa?ía en el cuidado de salud de las personas mayores

Keywords: health public policy, elderly, companion animals, public health, police making, pets, health public policy, human-animal relationships.

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objective: this article evaluated the compatibility of human-companion animal relationships, which were explored from the perspective of emotional and psychological benefits of companion animals. the main aims were to develop a measure of pet attachment that reflects psychologists' use of the attachment concept, and to see if pet ownership or attachment added to the health variance explained by known predictors. method: community-older adults (n=267) gave information by interview using structured questionnaire. multiple regressions were then conducted to examine the possible predictive role of health habits, human social supports, pet ownership, and owners' attachment to the pet, on health and well-being. results: this study confirm the results of therapeutic profit by companion animals' employment in health care of older people, which can make a difference to the health status levels. conclusion: the aging process involves new demands for services, benefits and attention that constitute challenges for governments and society.


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