Scheme is the cat’s whiskers

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A re­tire­ment home in Ari­zona has found a way to give de­men­tia and Alzheimer’s pa­tients a new sense of pur­pose – look­ing af­ter kit­tens. The el­derly at Catalina Springs Mem­ory Care fa­cil­ity are be­ing given very young foster kit­tens that re­quire non-stop cud­dling and feed­ing. The fa­cil­ity’s health ser­vices di­rec­tor, Re­becca Hamil­ton, told the Up­wor­thy web­site: “We have some res­i­dents who are chron­i­cally search­ing, chron­i­cally look­ing for some­thing that… holds mean­ing to them. We can place one of the kit­tens in their hands, and sud­denly they’re not search­ing, they’re not stressed.” It’s a win-win.

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