EAAA Needs Help Feeding Senior’s Pets 

The Eastern Area Agency on Aging is doing their part to make sure some seniors and disabled folks don’t have to give up their pets. “Research shows that seniors that have pets are healthier, they have less anxiety, less depression, they’re more active. It’s such an important component to well being,” says EAAA Communications Director Carol Higgins-Taylor.That’s why the EAAA started their furry friends food bank, to help seniors like Elizabeth Hazelton, of Bangor, keep their pets. Hazelton says she doesn’t know what she’d do if she had to give up her cat, Daisy. “I never ever thought that I’d ever have that cat,” says Hazelton, “every time I think about her, I can’t tell you how happy she makes me. I know I’m crying but she makes me so happy. It’s love walking around my house.”Higgins-Taylor says she can’t overestimate the importance these pets. “It’s family to them,” she says, families are spread out now. It’s company, it’s companionship so we want to keep those relationships solid. And it’s very sad if a senior is really on a fixed income. Medication prices have gone up, fuel prices have gone up, and now the budget is really strapped and they’re having a hard time buying that pet food. We want to make sure that they get it so they’re not forced to surrender that animal.”Hazelton only used the furry friends food bank for a short time. Now she says she wants to give back to the folks that helped her and daisy through a rough stretch. “Eventually I could do it myself,” she says, “now what I want to do, and I mean it, so I want them to send me some little envelopes and if I have any extra money, I’m gonna send it to them.”