Impact of pets on older adults’ social networks and well-being

You are invited to participate in a research study about the impact of pets on older adults’ social networks and well-being. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be age 60 or older; live year-round in Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes or Yancey counties; and live in a home in the community, rather than an assisted living or nursing center.

If you agree to be part of the research study, you will be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.
Upon completion of the survey, you will be asked if you want to be added to the drawing for the $75 gift card. If you would like to be, you will click on the link that will take you to another website where you can input your name, county, and address. You will be added to that county’s drawing, and there will be one gift card given for each county.

Please go to the following link to complete the survey.

The benefits of pets for elders in Appalachia Principal Investigator: Maureen MacNamara, Ph.D., MSW Department: Appalachian State University Department of Social Work Contact Information: 828.262.8207,

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