Animal assisted therapy for elderly residents of a skilled nursing facility

@article{Pope2016AnimalAT,
  title={Animal assisted therapy for elderly residents of a skilled nursing facility},
  author={William Stuart Pope and Caralise W. Hunt and Kathy Jo Ellison},
  journal={Journal of Nursing Education and Practice},
  year={2016},
  volume={6},
  pages={56-62}
}
There is a growing population of those with dementia and other cognitive impairments that affect the quality of life.  This is attributed to advances in science, technology and medicine leading to reductions in maternal mortality, infectious and parasitic diseases, occupational safety measures, and improvements in nutrition and education of the global population.  According to the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2000, approximately… 
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