Pet Ownership and Health in Older Adults: Findings from a Survey of 2,551 Community-Based Australians Aged 60–64

@article{Parslow2004PetOA,
  title={Pet Ownership and Health in Older Adults: Findings from a Survey of 2,551 Community-Based Australians Aged 60–64},
  author={Ruth Adeline Parslow and Anthony F Jorm and Helen Christensen and Bryan Rodgers and Patricia A. Jacomb},
  journal={Gerontology},
  year={2004},
  volume={51},
  pages={40 - 47}
}
  • Ruth Adeline Parslow, Anthony F Jorm, +2 authors Patricia A. Jacomb
  • Published in Gerontology 2004
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Background: It is commonly assumed that owning a pet provides older residents in the community with health benefits including improved physical health and psychological well-being. [...] Key Result We found that caring for a pet was associated with negative health outcomes including more symptoms of depression, poorer physical health and higher rates of use of pain relief medication. No relationship was found between pet ownership and use of GP services.Expand Abstract

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