Horses visit Parker Jewish Institute

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HorseAbility's Pearl visits Parker Jewish Institute. (Photo courtesy of Parker Jewish Institute)

Residents of Parker Jewish Institute were delighted to greet recent equine visitors: Aiden and Pearl, two of HorseAbility’s miniature horses.

The horses strolled Parker’s patio and sparked joy for residents, many of whom responded to the benefits of equine therapy. Research shows that seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease who interact with horses may experience an enhanced quality life. Studies reveal that these seniors may enjoy improved coordination, interpersonal relationships, mood and other facets of overall wellbeing.

“We are dedicated to bringing programs, like HorseAbility, to Parker,” said Michael N. Rosenblut. “The innovative and creative approach makes HorseAbility unique and enjoyable, and the organization’s visit provides a whole new way to connect with the residents and patients of our community. “

HorseAbility aims to improve the lives of individuals with special needs through facilitated interactions with horses. The organization offers a wide range of horse-related programs to the community to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing of its participants. The organization is one of only two Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International’s Premier Accredited Centers on Long Island. This prestigious title is awarded to centers that demonstrate excellence in providing quality professional equine-assisted activities.

The visit from HorseAbility is just one of Parker’s many therapeutic recreation events. Programs at Parker include barbeques, luaus, painting, music appreciation, gardening, yoga, Tai Chi, volleyball challenges, Karaoke, Zumba, word games, storytelling and more.
Contact: Lina Scacco, (718) 289-2212 or lscacco@parkerinstitute.org

Parker Jewish Institute, headquartered in New Hyde Park, New York, is a leading provider of short term rehabilitation and long term care. At the forefront of innovation in patient-centered health care and technology, the institute is a leader in teaching and geriatric research. Parker features its own medical department and is nationally renowned as a skilled nursing facility, as well as a provider of community-based health care, encompassing social adult daycare, home health care, palliative care, and hospice.

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