Twinkling lights lit the room, and winter-themed decorations adorned the walls. The women were elegant in floor-length dresses, and the men dressed to impress in bow ties and sport coats. But instead of taking a stretch limo to this prom, participants took the shuttle from Longview’s residential living community for seniors.
This was Project Generations’ first senior citizen prom, held at Ithaca College, and the oldest attendee was 95.
There is a room in the Center for Health Sciences that has mechanical robots, a Wii balance board, and, sometimes, tiny tykes motoring around. This unlikely combination is the basis for a collaborative research project among three Ithaca College faculty members.
Sharon Stansfield (computer science), Carole Dennis (occupational therapy), and Helene Larin (physical therapy) are developing a device that will aid children with physical impairments or developmental delays to move freely and explore their surroundings.
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