Community and senior centers benefit mental health in older adults | News

jstrawser@dailyitem.com SUNBURY — After Susan Ditty and her husband lost their son four years ago, the friends they made at the Sunbury Adult Community Center were a vital part of their recovery from grief. Susan Ditty, 71, of Sunbury, has been attending Adult Community Center — formerly known as a senior action center — for … Read more

Officers past and present advocating for police therapy dogs | Tri-Cities News

ELTOPIA, Wash. – When you think about police dogs it is usually a K-9 that comes to mind, a dog that hunts down bad guys and sniffs out drugs or bombs. However there is now a new effort get police therapy dogs in departments for the officers themselves. Michelle Goenen is a retired/disabled police officer … Read more

Community and senior centers benefit mental health in older adults | News

SUNBURY — After Susan Ditty and her husband lost their son four years ago, the friends they made at the Sunbury Adult Community Center were a vital part of their recovery from grief. Susan Ditty, 71, of Sunbury, has been attending Adult Community Center — formerly known as a senior action center — for at … Read more

Ask the Doctors: Owning a dog may protect against later mental illness | fitness-and-wellness

Dear Doctors: My wife read somewhere that when kids grow up with a dog in the house, it can keep them from getting schizophrenia. I know that having a pet can help kids develop responsibility, but preventing mental illness seems like a stretch. Is this based on psychology—or something else? Dear Reader: Your wife is … Read more