|Title||Neighborhood Engagement, Dogs, and Life Satisfaction in Older Adulthood.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Authors||Curl, AL, Bibbo, J, Johnson, RA|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Gerontology|
|Date Published||2020 Sep 10|
|Keywords||Engagement, Life Satisfaction, neighborhood|
OBJECTIVES: This study examined the relationships between dog ownership, dog walking, and the emotional bond with a dog to neighborhood engagement and life satisfaction among those over age 50.
METHOD: Using data from the Health and Retirement Study ( = 476), two path analysis models were conducted to test the research hypotheses.
RESULTS: Findings indicated that dog ownership did not have a direct or indirect relationship on life satisfaction. However, time spent in dog walking was associated with frequency of social interactions, which itself had a positive association with life satisfaction. The bond with a dog was not directly associated with life satisfaction but was associated with dog walking.
DISCUSSION: Dog walking is a promising strategy for simultaneously promoting better health and social engagement, and these factors in turn can promote greater life satisfaction of older adults.