Cat people

Animals provide therapy at the Strathcona Alzheimer Care Centre.

David Younie and Shadow were destined to be good friends. He loves cats and she is one, and both live at the Strathcona Alzheimer Care Centre.

Since Younie, who is 55 and the youngest person at the centre, moved in last April, the pair have become a common sight. They often hang out in Younie’s room, which is lined with cat bric-a-brac, photos of his former feline friends, and bulletin boards pinned with newspaper stories about animals.

Small bowls of water and cat food sit on the floor by a desk and a red cat brush rests on a small table –all signs that the smoky-grey cat is a frequent and welcome visitor.

Sometimes she sleeps over, Younie says smiling.

“I was around cats all the time growing up,” he says. He had two cats before moving into the facility.

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