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Long Island Skilled Nursing Facilities Producing TV Show Intended for Homebound Seniors

The goal of this project is to reach seniors to combat the isolation, depression and anxiety that is prevalent due to social isolation.

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Here Nancy Farinaccio and Mary Frignani of The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay do a healthy cooking segment on the show ‘Wisdom and Wonder’ which debuts on NSTV.

Photo by: LECOB

Excel at Woodbury for Rehabilitation and Nursing and Lynbrook Restorative Therapy and Nursing have joined with The Life Enrichment Center at Oyster Bay (LECOB), to produce a series of entertaining and educational TV shows to engage senior citizens who may still be homebound while senior centers remained closed. LECOB provides social activities and vital services for people 60-years-old and above.
The show is co-produced by Carolyn Palladino, community liaison at Excel at Woodbury and Denise Walsh, community liaison at Lynbrook Restorative Therapy and Nursing.
“The goal of this project is to reach seniors to combat the isolation, depression and anxiety that is prevalent due to social isolation,” said Palladino. “From our experience over the last year, we have learned only about 10% of the seniors are comfortable or able to operate Zoom. In an effort to reach these seniors, Paragon Management is collaborating with the Life Enrichment Center to produce a series of one hour shows that will cover subjects such as nutrition, exercise, meditation and more.”
The LECOB is providing the site for filming and suggested content segments, with Paragon Management providing content and guest hosts.
“When Carolyn and Denise proposed the project to the Center, we signed on without hesitation”, said Judy Palumbo, Executive Director of LECOB.  “The need to reach homebound seniors was always there. The pandemic helped bring to light the social isolation that older adults experience in the best of times.  It has been difficult to engage older adults in digital programs, so we jumped at the opportunity to bring them programs through a medium that are comfortable with – the TV.”
“This collaborative effort will help the senior community who are now facing the challenge of having many of their senior centers closed due to the pandemic,” Walsh said. “We are excited to work in partnership with LECOB to create senior programing to be shown across Long Island throughout the pandemic and after, to any homebound person who may need the engagement.”
Viewers can tune in to the show on first and third Sundays of the month at 9 a.m. on NSTV (Ch 20 on Optimum and Ch 37 on FIOS), a public access channel that reaches 14 incorporated villages on the north shore, including Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Kings Point, Lake Success, Munsey Park, North Hills, Plandome, Plandome Manor, Plandome Heights, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock, Thomaston and more. The shows can also be accessed via YouTube at NSTV or on the website
In addition to Excel at Woodbury Nursing and Rehabilitation and Lynbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation, Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and Emerge Nursing and Rehabilitation are also contributing content for the new show. There are future plans to expand the distribution of the show to other cable public access stations.