The Broome County Office for Aging is holding a presentation later this month for family caregivers aimed at reducing the loneliness of seniors by bringing a pet into their loved ones’ lives.

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

Caregiver Specialist, Danielle Schaeffer will be giving the presentation from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Broome County Office for Aging
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Shaffer will talk about the different types of robo-pets that are out there, how to use them and how the pseudo-pets bring benefit to real people.

According to a news release announcing the upcoming presentation, some studies have show robotic pets are beneficial in preventing loneliness and reducing agitation.

A quote in the release says “My wife has benefited so much from her companion pet dog. It has been a great therapeutic tool for her.  I can’t tell you the joy this dog has provided to her.  It’s great to see how much the pet makes her day.” 

The July 18th program is available free for all Family Caregivers but preregistration is required.

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

The Broome County Office for Aging offers a variety of services for seniors in the county as well as their families and caregiver.

Some other events on the Senior Calendar include the annual Senior Picnics. After a break and modifications due to the pandemic, those gatherings returned with special events at the Johnson City Senior Center July 13. Other picnics are scheduled for the North Shore Towers Senior Center on July 21 and the Vestal Senior Center on August 3.

For information go to www.gobroomecounty.com/senior/seniornews. 

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