Broome Office for Aging Hosts Program on Robo-Pets

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The Broome County Office for Aging is hosting a presentation later this month for family caregivers aiming to reduce loneliness in the elderly by introducing a pet into the lives of their loved ones.

The pet, however, would not require the extra expense and labor of the traditional pet. July 18e The presentation at the Broome County Library is about “How Robotic Companion Cats and Dogs Bring Comfort to People.”

Caregiver specialist Danielle Schaeffer will give the presentation from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Broome County Office for Aging

Broome County Office for Aging

Shaffer will talk about the different types of robo-pets that exist, how to use them, and how pseudo-pets bring benefits to real people.

According to a press release announcing the upcoming presentation, some studies have shown that robotic pets are beneficial in preventing loneliness and reducing restlessness.

A quote in the release says “My wife has benefited so much from her pet dog. It has been a great therapeutic tool for her. I can’t tell you how much joy this dog has given her. It’s great to see how well the animal is doing. his day.

July 18e The program is available free of charge to all family caregivers, but pre-registration is required.

Call Caregiver Services at (607) 778-2411 for more information and to pre-register.

The Broome County Office for Aging provides a variety of services to county seniors and their families and caregivers.

Some other events on the senior calendar include the annual senior picnics. After a hiatus and changes due to the pandemic, these gatherings returned with special events at Johnson City Senior Center on July 13. More picnics are planned at the North Shore Towers Senior Center on July 21 and at the Vestal Senior Center on August 3.

For more information, visit www.gobroomecounty.com/senior/seniornews.

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