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The Rocky Mountain Development Council Area IV Agency On Aging is giving out life-like robotic pets to senior citizens in need. The "Joy For All" companion pets were bought with federal CARES Act funding and a donation from Blue Cross-Blue Shield. The pets range anywhere from $60-$160, and RMDC was able to buy about 25 cats and dogs.
Even during normal years, many senior citizens face a constant struggle with loneliness and isolation. And both issues have been exacerbated in the time of COVID-19. With social isolation now being encouraged and in some cases required to help prevent the spread of the virus, Helena's Area IV Agency On Aging is utilizing a new tool to help seniors combat loneliness: robotic pets. These uncanny creatures take the form of battery-powered dogs and cats, which stimulate the same parts of the brain as real-life pets.
With temperatures dropping and the coronavirus still causing strain on the economy the Montana Low Income Energy Assistance Program wants people to know they are here to help. Anyone who lives in Montana is eligible for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program or LIEAP.
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