Robot Pets Helping Reduce Isolation Among Seniors
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Anne Houtz
Senior citizens, especially those in nursing homes or with family living far away, have had a higher risk of social isolation this year.
This growing issue can be fixed by companionship, and the West Alabama Area Agency on Aging has developed a unique and heartwarming solution.
With the help of a grant funded by the Alabama Department of Senior Services, the AAA has purchased robotic pets to help reduce risks of intensifying social isolation – and it is already helping a great deal.
The West Alabama AAA has purchased 40 pets and already distributed 28 of them to clients.
The robotic pets can interact with their owners through touch and voice activation, brightening the days of those who would otherwise go all day without any interaction.