The Rotary Club of Southwest Queens presented a Nintendo Wii video game to Jamaica Hospital’s Trump Pavilion for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Friday, June 20.
The purpose is to provide recreation and entertainment for the residents. One of the Rotary Club’s members, Dr. David Reich, a chiropractor with offices in Richmond Hill and in Jamaica Hospital, had received a Wii game last holiday season, and immediately recognized that this can be enjoyed not only by the younger generation, but people of all ages.
The idea of having the residents of the Trump Pavilion play with a Wii video game came about when Dr. Reich saw a TV commercial depicting a group of seniors enjoying the bowling game. Most of the Wii games can be played while seated in a wheelchair.
The suggestion to donate a Wii game was brought up at one of the Rotary Club’s weekly meetings and the membership voted in favor of the plan.
Giselle Porter, the Trump Pavilion’s director of recreational therapy, was delighted to hear about the Rotary Club’s idea and that got the project under way.
Karisma Alexander, one of Trump Pavilion’s recreational therapists, was familiar with the Wii unit and is currently working with the residents, helping teach and organize the bowling games. In addition to bowling, the residents can play golf, baseball, boxing and tennis.
The Rotary Club also donated a second remote controller, a battery charger, and an additional video game to the Trump Pavilion.
The Rotary Club of Southwest Queens is always looking to expand its membership so that the needs of the community are better served. Weekly meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at Prima Pasta in Howard Beach. If anyone is interested in attending a meeting as a guest, call Saul Belsky at (718) 441-6242.