Irene Hargreaves, a resident at Linson Court care home, has found a new lease of life after adopting a life-like cat, Topsy. Irene, who is 97, has Alzheimer’s and often declines to join in with activities at the home. But staff thought a ‘pet’ would help stimulate her and give her a focus. Beth Parry, care home manager at Linson Court said: “The introduction of Topsy the life-like cat has been fantastic for Irene, she is very fond of it. “It is the little things that make all the difference and spread a bit of joy in someone’s life, and we are very happy to be able to do this at the home.” Irene was born in a village just outside Scarborough, and has worked in a number of professions over the years including being a conductor on the buses, working in a maternity ward and at a biscuit factory. She had two cats who she adored, which gave staff the idea of adopting a cat now.