The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton (TN) residents Nancy Alley and Mary Ruth Stansberry enjoy a visit with Randy, an animal “volunteer” with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee) program. Thanks to the UT HABIT program, residents at the memory care community receive regular animal visitors to engage and comfort them. “For many of our residents, spending time with animals is truly therapeutic. It provides them with a since of peace. Sometimes, it will even spark a memory of a beloved pet they once had,” says Lantern program director Sarah Smith. “As always, we are so grateful to UT HABIT for partnering with us to bring pet therapy to our residents!”
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