Tricare Kawana have pets for therapy program to boost morale with the elderly residents. Resident Anne Simpson, 95, takes time out with Augie, Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily
Tricare Kawana have pets for therapy program to boost morale with the elderly residents. Resident Anne Simpson, 95, takes time out with Augie, Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily Patrick Woods

Pets more rewarding than pills for the elderly

ANNE Simpson is certain there would be less medication prescribed to the elderly if every aged care facility allowed pets.

The 95-year-old is a resident at TriCare Kawana Waters Aged Care.

It was her idea for Augie the cat to be adopted by the nursing home earlier this year.

And she says the green eyed boy has boosted everyone's spirits.

"I think there'd be less medication for elderly people if more animals like cats were here," she said.

"There is no medication that can take the place of a living thing."

"Everyone needs love.

"They're (cats) the sort of thing that can fill that space."

Ms Simpson said cats were perceptive to when their love was needed.

She said a Tricare resident who had been feeling down had become a different person when they met Augie.

They took to each other immediately.

Ms Simpson said TriCare hasa wishing well and they asked for another cat because Augie needs to spread himself too thin.


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