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Benefits of Social Engagement in Older Adults Using a Paro
Davis Park
Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing
"Our initial findings have been remarkable so far, as PARO has been able to positively and immediately transform many residents' behaviors and moods. We believe PARO works for a number of reasons: it ignites a very, very, basic social element in people. For those who are suffering from various levels of dementia, it really engages them. We also believe PARO works because it responds to them. When you speak to it or hold it, it makes cooing noises, moves its flippers, and turns its head toward the direction of a voice. So I think it works because there's a powerful social element to it – an interaction. One of the things we've observed  is that people become not just interactive with the device – but also with the people around them. When PARO is placed on their laps, they start to touch it, stroke it and talk to it like it was a real animal. Prior to this intervention, some residents were not terribly engaged with people around them, but  once they started  interacting with PARO, they start talking to the caregivers more as well as other people around them."
Park was appointed Director of the The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, a Southern California-based nonprofit founded on the belief that technology innovation plays a vital role in enhancing wellbeing, in 2011. In this role, Park is responsible for the Center's efforts to identify, pilot and deploy emerging technologies that empower older adults to live well. Park is currently overseeing a pilot program involving PARO, an advanced interactive robot pet developed by AIST, a leading Japanese industrial automation pioneer. It allows the documented benefits of animal therapy to be administered to patients in environments such as hospitals and extended care facilities where live animals present treatment or logistical difficulties. The Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing is testing two PARO robots for a pilot project at the Sunny View Care Center and Memory Care Unit in Cupertino, Calif. The purpose of the pilot is to gauge resident reaction when interacting with the life-like robot. Initial findings suggest that engaging with the pet robot reduced pacing and anxiety and helped calm residents.
Media Contact: Chris Navalta,

Diverse Beauty Procedures
Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon/Otolaryngologist
The Aesthetic Institute of New York & New Jersey
"As the United States becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, the number of non-Caucasian patients seeking cosmetic surgery, specifically rhinoplasty continues to increase."
Dr. Slupchynskyj is available to discuss diverse beauty and specifically ethnic rhinoplasty and mini-facelift procedures. He is a dual board certified, ENT and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with offices on the Upper East Side of New York as well as in Chatham, NJ. He is the author of the self-published book, "African-American and Ethnic Rhinoplasty." He has been featured on NY 1 News, CBS 2 News, The New York Daily News, Vogue, Redbook, Gotham, Woman's World, Jane, Time Out NY, Cosmetic Surgery Times, Medical News Today, and Morris Essex Magazine. He was recently featured in an Epoch Times article specifically on the topic of medical tourism and how the U.S. standards vs international standards conflict with one another in many cases, resulting in a need for numerous revision surgeries that he has to perform.
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