Sunday, August 12, 2012

Making Rounds With Oscar The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa, M.D.

When Oscar arrived at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island everyone thought he was just an ordinary cat whose presence would bring a little comfort to the many elderly patients nearing their life’s end. But there was more to Oscar than anyone ever imagined—the black and white cat had the uncanny ability to predict when a life was about to end. At such times, he would curl up by the dying patient and stay put until the end. When Oscar curls up and begins his vigil, the nurses know it is time to alert family and caregivers that its time to say goodbye.

The author, David Dosa, is a geriatrician, who works at Steere House. At first he was skeptical of the claims made about Oscar, but ended by becoming a believer. In this book he relates not only the stories of Oscar’s deathbed vigils, and what Oscar’s presence meant to those they left behind, but also the tragic devastation caused by dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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