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Meet Bacon, a therapy pig for Anchorage seniors

  • Author: Marc Lester
  • Updated: November 3, 2016
  • Published November 3, 2016

Kori Mateaki gets help from the animal world to care for adults with Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative disorders at the recently opened Turnagain Social Club. Bacon, a 3-month-old pot-bellied pig, does her part to provide social interaction, exercise assistance and entertainment. For the clients, Mateaki says pet therapy can be beneficial for people experiencing depression, anxiety and pain. "And she's a vacuum cleaner, too," she said. "Anytime anybody spills, she's right behind them to clean it up."