Se­niors warm to rep­tiles

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS at Bap­tist­care’s Yal­lam­bee Res­i­den­tial Care in Mundaring have got up close and per­sonal with a gi­ant python and other scaly friends.

Many of the se­niors faced their fears of rep­tiles when han­dler and ed­u­ca­tor Brian Bush came to the vil­lage to give a hands-on pre­sen­ta­tion.

Res­i­den­tial Care’s act­ing man­ager Jodi Tay­lor said at first many res­i­dents and staff were re­luc­tant to touch the rep­tiles.

“As time went on cu­rios­ity won over and be­fore long, snakes and lizards were be­ing stroked and han­dled with con­fi­dence,” she said.

Even 95-year-old res­i­dent Doris Field got in on the ac­tion, but said she was ner­vous to in­tro­duce her­self to the gi­ant python vis­i­tor.

“Brian as­sured me the snake wouldn’t hurt me and I ended up with it around my neck, like a scarf, which is some­thing I never imag­ined do­ing.”

Ms Tay­lor said Bap­tist­care Yal­lam­bee of­ten hosted speak­ers as part of their on­go­ing pro­gram for in­for­ma­tive, ed­u­ca­tional and fun ac­tiv­i­ties for its res­i­dents.

“It keeps our res­i­dents mo­ti­vated, in­ter­ested in life and con­nected to their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.”

Doris Field with her new friend.

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