Mary Janevic

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How dogs help us lead longer, healthier lives

Mary Janevic quoted in the Wall Street Journal

Research shows that canine companions can help with stress, allergies and even cardiovascular disease, in part by giving us a reason to focus on the future.

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Improving the Health of Older Adults in Detroit

Q&A with Mary Janevic

Older adults face a unique set of public health challenges. We spoke with Mary Janevic, an associate research scientist in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, to learn about two new projects that aim to improve the health of older adults impacted by chronic pain and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Virtual Senior Center Helps Older Adults in Detroit Connect While Social Distancing

Low-income older adults and those with serious health problems are particularly vulnerable to negative health and social impacts caused by social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers from the University of Michigan and partner, Methodist Children’s Home Society, are piloting a virtual senior center that offers enrichment and educational programs via phone to help combat the isolation.

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Q&A: How Pets Can Help Older Adults Manage Chronic Pain

New Research from Mary Janevic

New research led by Mary Janevic, associate research scientist in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, found that pets have the potential to help older adults cope and function better with chronic pain.

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Furry Friends Help Older Adults Cope with Health Issues, Get Active, Connect with Others

New Research from Cathleen Connell and Mary Janevic

A curled-up cat, a tail-wagging dog, a chirping parakeet or even a serene goldfish may help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, according to a new national poll. While pets come with benefits, they can also bring concerns, and some people may even put their animals' needs ahead of their own health, the poll finds.