New Hyde Park, New York, May 15, 2018: Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation has established a new “Eldergrow” Garden Program, providing year-round horticultural therapy to enhance quality of life for patients and residents.  Due to the huge public interest, a Project Demonstration Day will be held June 7, 2018, to give News Media and Families (of Parker patients and residents) a chance to observe the program in action.  This program at Parker is the first of its kind in New York State.

“We’re excited about our new horticultural therapy program, which promotes the stimulation of body, mind and spirit,” said Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker’s President and CEO.  “Patients and residents take pride in growing a variety of plants and herbs with their own hands, and enjoy the results of their labor through ongoing culinary harvest and garden art classes,” he said.  (The herbs include basil, lavender, oregano, rosemary, thyme, etc.  All are great for salads and have anti-inflammatory benefits.)

Eldergrow™, an award-winning Seattle-based company, offers older adults in senior residences and skilled nursing facilities, a therapeutic connection to nature through their innovative garden products and programming.  According to Eldergrow™, studies prove horticultural therapy reduces depression, enhances mood and sleep, improves coordination, self-esteem and lowers the risk factors for dementia by 36 percent.

Through discussions with their new partner, Parker executives learned about the proven benefits of therapeutic horticulture.  Parker’s administration realized that connecting their older adults with the healing properties of nature would be very beneficial.  This project provides opportunities for sensory stimulation and creative expression, while affording patients and residents a new sense of purpose as they go about caring for their garden.

SPECIAL MEDIA ADVISORY:  Please join with us at this exciting event, as Parker Jewish Institute partners with Eldergrow™ to demonstrate how their mobile garden and indoor horticultural therapy program benefits our older adult community.  News Media, as well as Families of patients and residents, are cordially invited to attend this exciting event in Parker’s Auditorium.   Parker Jewish Institute is located at 271-11 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040, (718) 289‐2212.  Parker is right off Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park, just two blocks North of Northern Parkway and adjacent to Long Island Jewish Hospital.

Program Notes-

The visual impacts:  Eldergrow’s Educator teaches evidence-based, therapeutic horticulture class to Parker’s community of older adults;  patients and residents engaging with their mobile garden, physically, socially, cognitively, creatively and spiritually; trained educator interacting with patients through enrichment class on horticulture, culinary and garden art.

We are pleased to advise you that Eldergrow’s CEO Orla Concannon will be at Parker with their Educator, Sabina Boccia, to answer any Media questions.  The ideal time for Media coverage and interviews is from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Parker’s Auditorium.  Please call Lina Scacco, (718) 289‐2212 or lscacco@parkerinstitute.org  if you plan to send a reporter/photographer/videographer.