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Canine Caregivers: Dog “Therapists” Trained To Help Elderly, Alzheimer's Patients

A pack of pups is proving to be a big hit in the La Roseliere retirement home in France, where residents just can’t resist the charms of the big silly tail waggers. Other area nursing homes are also starting to experiment with dog therapy.

Golden Retreivers and Black Labs are reputed to be gentle and sociable breeds
Golden Retreivers and Black Labs are reputed to be gentle and sociable breeds
Martine Laronche

KUNHEIM -- Tracy, Dakar, Upton and Virgule are dearly loved at the La Roseliere retirement home in Kunheim, in France's Alsace Region. These four big and energetic dogs come out all paws blazing to fulfill their mission: to provide the facility's guests a jolt of happiness and comfort. Their sheer presence tends to do the trick.

Still, this is a proper job for which the pups were well trained. Their education lasted two years: first in a foster home, then in a specialized center. The three Labradors and one Golden Retriever are well behaved and know not to jump on patients, and not to bark. But they do wiggle their tails a lot.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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