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Andree and William were married for 64 years, raising four children When William passed away in 2016, Andree found herself without many of the roles that had played central parts in her life, such as wife and caregiver.
"This was a small study, so the results need to be replicated ... but there is encouraging potential here," said lead author Dr. Timothy Mariano, a researcher with the VA Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology.
“When untrained pets posing as service dogs behave badly, it can affect attitudes toward people who truly need assistance dogs,” said Stephanne Proske, patient experience officer of the Providence VA Medical Center.
“This work is an important step towards improving outcomes of ... mind-body interventions, by helping to understand how they work ...” said Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, VA Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology.
“I went to medical school because I wanted to deliver health care to populations without it,” said Parker. “Medicine is a calling and I’ve seen how it can change the life of an individual, and entire communities, too.”
This was the second year for Army Veteran Tina Lavallee, a patient of the Providence VAMC. "I was a shut-in before I started this," she said. "Last year I found myself and I exploded — you can't keep me inside anymore!"