Many adults in their retirement years have considered living at a retirement community. This thought may cross your mind for many reasons: the burden of housework has become more than just a casual annoyance, the winter driving starts to feel more hazardous, the neighborhood doesn’t feel as safe as it once did, a health scare or fall has made you a little less confident – the list could go on.
At Concordia, we have been bringing pet therapy services to a variety of our locations for over 15 years. We believe this form of therapy brightens the days of our residents and helps to improve socialization. We recently interviewed volunteer Mary Ann Birsa, who has been conducting pet therapy at our Concordia at Ridgewood Place location in Plum Borough. During her interview, Mary Ann described one of her greatest memories being the day one of our residents, who is very nonverbal due to a stroke, met her dog, Pepper. “As he interacted with Pepper, he actually began to talk,” Mary Ann said. “It was such an amazing experience to witness how people interact with animals. I believe animals can see into your soul.”