On Friday, September 18, Bacharach and Stockton University are teaming up to present the inaugural Ability Fair from 12 to 5 p.m. at the Stockton University Campus Center Event Room in Galloway. This event will feature a large collection of products, providers and services designed to improve the well-being of seniors and individuals who are disabled.
More than 55 exhibitors will be in attendance, and the list keeps growing! Attendees will receive giveaways and can enter to win door prizes from select vendors, including AmRamps, Body in Balance, Lincoln Medical Supply and Mainline Medical. Exhibitors will be providing stage demonstrations and workshops throughout the course of the day for visitors to learn all about products and services that may help them or someone they love.
In addition to the exhibitors, Lucy, Baxter and Harry, three therapy dogs, will be in attendance to demonstrate the value of pet therapy and showcase some of their tricks. Lucy, a two-and-a-half pound Yorkshire terrier holds the Guinness Book of World Records’ title for the smallest working dog.
Pet therapy relaxes patients and makes them more talkative. In a lot of cases, patients who were unresponsive start to interact and talk when a therapy dog is present. According to Suzanne Grassi, a recreational therapist aide who manages the pet therapy program schedule at Bacharach, “When patients are able to pet the dogs and play with them, you can see their eyes brighten up. Studies have shown that interacting with therapy dogs helps patients lower their blood pressure as well as their pain level.”
The Ability Fair is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit AbilityFair.com or call 609-748-5250.