The RoboCats Are Taking Over

Animatronic Therapy Cats Bring Laughter and Smiles to Memory Care Unit

RiverSpring Health

(originally published by Kelli Bender 07/21/2016 AT 4:11 PM ET)

The memory care floors of the Hebrew Home nursing center are home to some difficult narratives.

Stories of bright, lively individuals, who have become resigned, agitated or silent as they battle with the frustrating effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, are the norm.

So Mary Farkas, the Director of Therapeutic Activities at the Hebrew Home, is always delighted when she hears a beautiful burst of laughter from one of the residents. And lately, there has been a surge of happiness in the nursing home, thanks to the introduction of some special feline friends.

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