Seniors Go High-Tech at River House Adult Day Care

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Carla Pinto, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, shows Margaret a cooking app while Sal takes a selfie. Contributed photo.

River House Adult Day Center has received a $138,000 grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to support its technology platforms and databases. The Cohen Foundation also donated 15 new iPads on behalf of Point72 Asset Management, the Stamford-based family office founded by Mr. Cohen.

These technology improvements will expand and enhance River Houses’ programs and activities, which serve Greenwich’s and Stamford’s older residents.

“The Cohen Foundation’s generous gift is transformative for River House Adult Day Center,” said Sandy Motland, President of River House’s Board of Directors in a release.

“Technology is an important tool for us, and is vital to some of our most popular programs, including our MasterMind Course, a memory enhancement program which we offer to all of our clients and the community at large. We know that seniors benefit tremendously from cognitive exercises and activities, and the Cohen’s gift gives us the opportunity to expand our programs that reach all of our seniors and their families.”

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Clients and Board Members work with the iPads and the SMART Board in MasterMind class. Contributed photo

“People today are busier than they’ve ever been before, and River House helps families care for their loved ones as they age,” said Alexandra Cohen, President and Co-Founder of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. “Upgrading the technology River House uses will allow them to have an even greater impact on the lives of the men and women they serve, and we are pleased to help make that happen.”

River House, the only medical adult day center in the area, offers diverse programming and events for senior citizens to socialize with friends and receive attentive nursing care they need. River House’s staff uses technology to engage clients with popular memory games, puzzles, and brain games. Technology has become an essential tool for brain training exercises, and adds value to the therapeutic engagement process.

The funds from the Cohen’s grant will help River House update its outdated computer systems, including the SMART Board technology used in the MasterMind Course. Funding will also go toward a new client database, updating outdated infrastructure, and integrating new technology into its program services.

River House Adult Day Center strives to enrich the lives of older adults confronted with age-related needs/impairments. The six days a week program offers older adults a community where they can belong. As a medical model day center, River House is staffed by professionals, including a registered nurse who monitors members to ensure their health is maintained and communicated to their doctor. Located along the Mianus River in Cos Cob, CT, River House is where older adults are greeted with a smile and cared for like family. Not only does River House care for the seniors but by doing so, the organization allows caregivers the respite need. For more information about the services River House provides, please visit our website at www.GADCRiverHouse.org or call (203) 622 – 0079.

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to achieving lasting and meaningful change in our community through four main areas of focus: education, children’s health, veterans, and the arts. The Foundation places an emphasis on improving the lives of children through education reform and healthcare initiatives, providing help to our returning heroes with mental health and employment programs for veterans, and supporting the arts that inspire us all. www.SteveandAlex.org

 

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