Seniors Bond with Pets
Each week, the hour-long program lets them enjoy that time with pets.
College senior Andrea Gayer, a family studies major, started the project.
"They're not just man's best friend anymore, they're actually being used to physically and emotionally help people's attitudes, moods, everything about people," she explained. "So, they're a great medium to use in working with people and helping people."
Older adults may feel isolated and lonely, so interacting with pets can cheer them up.
"It makes me feel good," said resident Eva Oleean. "But, I feel bad because I lost my cat. I don't know what happened to him, if he died or what."
In the past year, the program has featured visits from cats, dogs, horses and even pot-bellied pigs.
The program now includes other retirement home residents, and coordinators hope to continue it next year.