Mary Ann Reuter

ISI Contributor Mary Ann ReuterMary Ann Reuter is a Boise-based health and lifestyle writer whose interests include active aging, rural health, and the human-animal bond. You can reach her at


Mini-Joys: small therapy horses

Little Horses: Great Big Love

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They may be itty bitty, but the joy and hope they bring to children, teens, and seniors is enormous. A team of three miniature horses and one mini donkey serves as healers in animal-assisted therapy programs and as friends in animal-assisted activity programs around Idaho’s Treasure Valley.
ISI 142 - Senior Cats 'Purrfer' Mature Households

Senior Cats “Purrfer” Mature Households

Senior kitties are often overlooked at adoption centers and may find themselves housed in shelters for months at a time. Mature pet people will quickly form a close bond with an older, wiser kitty that offers laser-focused attention and devotion.
ISI 142 - Boise Baby Boomers

Boise Baby Boomers Meetup to Celebrate the Active Life

Whoever thinks aging and social isolation go hand in hand has not met any of the 3,363 members of the Boise Baby Boomers, an online meetup group of mature adults who thrive on a variety of activities that keep its members fun, fit, and social.