Health benefits of companion animals for seniors: pros and cons

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 11:00am

Do you have a pet? If not, should you get one? Are the benefits of animal companionship worth the effort to take care of a pet? 

In our January workshop, Professor Pam Schreiner will lead a discussion of the pros and cons of companion animals for older people. She will review research on the degree to which pets are beneficial for older people, including those living on their own and those in clinical settings. She will also discuss how to read news reports about pets for accuracy. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and share personal experiences.

Pam Schreiner is a professor in the U of M School of Public Health (SPH) Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. Her research over the past 30 years has studied cardiovascular disease risk factors and prevention of early heart disease. She has been the principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health-funded Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study and its ancillary studies since 1994. 

Schreiner is also the director of the SPH Center to Study Human-Animal Relationships and Environments, her avocation.

Please register for this Zoom webinar and join us at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18. 

—Ron Matross, UMRA president-elect and Program Committee chair

Event Location: 
Event to be held via Zoom webinar.
Publication date: 
November 29, 2021
At A Glance
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

2022 Annual Meeting and Forum

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Campus Club, Fourth Floor
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Coffman Memorial Union


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11:15 a.m.

Buffet lunch


Annual Meeting and Forum

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John Coleman, dean
College of Liberal Arts

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