Category: Dogs & Older People

  • Jihu injects a lot of positivity in our lives!

    Rolf and Vyrna are the proud owners of Jihu, the 2nd assistance dog to be placed in a Melbourne home in October. Vyrna recently reported that “all is going well”. It is just one month since Jihu joined us, and I will never forget the sight of Alberto (from Assistance Dogs Australia) at the open front door, […]

  • The New Breed of Service Dog: Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients

    What does it take to be a Certified Service or Therapy Assistance Dog for Dementia Patients? There are two ways a dog can help dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, either as a Visiting therapy dog or Companion service dog, who lives full-time with the patient.  In a way, some dogs are born for this type of role. Animals are non-judgmental […]

  • 75% of doctors say patients’ health improved as result of getting a pet!

    HABRI Survey of Doctors confirms what research is showing about the Health Benefits of Pets. Results showed 75% of doctors said patients’ health improved as the result of getting a pet. “Doctors and their patients really understand the human health benefits of pets, and they are putting that understanding into practice,” said HABRI Executive Director Steven […]

  • Habri Foundation calling for research proposals

    The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation vision is to demonstrate that our relationship with pets and animals make the world a better place by significantly improving human health and quality of life. HABRI is calling for research proposals to investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for […]

  • Dogs 4 Dementia launches pilot scheme with Assistance Dogs Australia

    Dogs for Dementia is one of Australia’s first assistance dog programs to help people and their families live with dementia. Dogs 4 Dementia is the first time in Australia that expert Dementia Centre consultants have partnered up with skilled Assistance Dogs Australia trainers to place dogs into the homes of people living with dementia. Dogs 4 Dementia […]

  • New research on older people and pets

    Measuring the Benefits Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons – IFA’s new report The health impact of pets on older people is explored in a new report published by the International Federation on Ageing (IFA). The report Companion Animals and the Health of Older Persons provides a literature review into the ways pets contribute […]

  • Dogs & Older People

    The role of pets in the lives of the aged is particularly significant for those who live in a nursing home or in some situation of assisted care. Numerous studies show pets provide one of the few interventions capable of permanently lifting the atmosphere of hospices and nursing homes.  Despite all this evidence, many nursing […]

  • Animeals – Meals on Wheels now catering for Pets

    Many people living on a fixed income rely on the Meals on Wheels services in their area.  But they’re not eating the food – their animals are.  That’s why many distributors are now bringing people’s pets their own meals. “Many of our homebound senior clients who live alone depend on their pets for companionship but […]

  • Pets for Life Campaign

    Approximately one quarter of all people over retirement age own pets but SCAS research revealed that the majority of care homes and sheltered housing complexes in the UK do not have pet policies resulting in many older people having to part with their pets.There are many situations where people of all ages find themselves facing difficulties […]