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Ageing Well Public Talks Series 2023-24: Talk 9. Making friends in blue and green spaces

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posted on 2024-05-15, 13:30 authored by Yoseph ArayaYoseph Araya, Grainne OConnorGrainne OConnor, Jitka VseteckovaJitka Vseteckova

22nd May 2024 - In this talk Yoseph will explore how Ecosystems provide us with various services, from the well-publicised provision and regulation of resources to the social and well-being benefits of ecosystem services as humans engage with nature. Gráinne will then focus on the benefits and challenges of keeping companion animals (pets) as we age. Keeping a pet has been shown to improve our heart health, reduce depression and help us make friends. What are the emotional, practical, and financial implications of pet ownership as we age and how can we enjoy the benefits of our companion animals for longer.

Dr Yoseph Araya is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology & Environmental Sciences within the Ecosystems and Biodiversity Research discipline at The Open University.

Dr Gráinne O’Connor is an independent researcher with thirty years of experience in the field of health and social care. Gráinne currently works as a consultant researcher for The Open University on the Ageing Well Public Talks Series. Other research interests include Human-Animal Interactions (HAI) in people living with long term health conditions or disability. Personal and professional experiences of working with both companion animals and working assistance dogs has given Gráinne insights into the ways the interactions humans have with animals can enrich our lives as we age.


Research Group

  • Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)