Does owning a pet protect older people against loneliness?

@inproceedings{Pikhartova2014DoesOA,
  title={Does owning a pet protect older people against loneliness?},
  author={Jitka Pikhartova and Ann Bowling and Christina R Victor},
  booktitle={BMC geriatrics},
  year={2014}
}
BACKGROUND Pet ownership is thought to make a positive contribution to health, health behaviours and the general well-being of older people. More specifically pet ownership is often proposed as a solution to the problem of loneliness in later life and specific 'pet based' interventions have been developed to combat loneliness. However the evidence to support this relationship is slim and it is assumed that pet ownership is a protection against loneliness rather than a response to loneliness… CONTINUE READING