Date Presented 03/27/20

As the population ages, the risk of loneliness increases. Loneliness is linked to a decrease in overall health and performance in older adults. The purpose of this study was to explore loneliness in relation to pet ownership. This research investigates alternative ways to decrease loneliness in this specific population, which can advance practice development of OT by providing practitioners a reliable method when addressing older adults who live in their communities.

Primary Author and Speaker: Dahlia Castillo

Additional Authors and Speakers: Destiny Rodriguez, Ja’Nice Wyatt, Valeria Alvarez

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