2012-12-05 / Features

Students Learn About Aging and Rehabilitation At Parker


Students from the Floral Park-Bellerose School District visited Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation. Students from the Floral Park-Bellerose School District visited Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation. Students from the Floral Park- Bellerose School District visited Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park on November 29 to learn about aging and rehabilitative therapy, and observe demonstrations from Parker’s Physical and Occupational Therapists, as part of their research into the age-related issues of senior citizens.

The students, members of the FIRST Lego League Robotics team, observed first-hand how Parker’s team helps seniors restore and maintain their quality of life— solving issues like getting around, keeping in touch, and staying fit.

They will take what they learned at Parker in the upcoming FIRST International Robotics Competition, which challenges students to think about ways to improve the quality of life of seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities. Over 200,000 children, ages nine to 16, from more than 60 countries are expected to participate in the competition, which culminates in a real-world application of their research in the building and programming of an autonomous robot using Lego robots to negotiate obstacles common to seniors. Parker is proud to have been able to contribute to their efforts.


The students, members of the FIRST Lego League Robotics team, learned about how Parker’s team helps seniors, and hope to apply that knowledge in the upcoming FIRST International Robotics Competition. The students, members of the FIRST Lego League Robotics team, learned about how Parker’s team helps seniors, and hope to apply that knowledge in the upcoming FIRST International Robotics Competition. For more information, visit www.parkerinstitute.org, or call 718.289.2250.

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