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Morning Pointe of Columbia (TN) volunteer Patrick Barger introduces his green-cheeked conure, Rikka, to resident Barbara Shakleford. Every week, volunteers like Barger share their pets with the assisted living community’s residents, as spending time with animals has been proven to reduce anxiety and depression in seniors. “We are so grateful to all of our volunteers who brighten our residents’ days by sharing their animal friends,” says Morning Pointe life enrichment director Bridget Barger.