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For Immediate Release Media Contact: Candice Tang/
Juliana Minsky, (805) 689-9395


On Sunday, Parsons House Austin uses Skype to connect seniors with loved ones abroad

Austin, TX, June 17, 2011 – For Arthur Hill, Father’s Day this year means getting to spend some face time with his daughter and grandchildren, over 5,000 miles overseas in Paris, France.

Seventy-seven year-old Hill, has two sons and two daughters, and makes a point of keeping up a close relationship with each one of them, even if physical distance keeps some of them further apart than he’d prefer. Hill, a resident of Parsons House Austin, an assisted and independent living community, gets more frequent visits from his youngest son and daughter, who live in Austin and Los Angeles respectively, but his eldest son in Belgium and eldest daughter in France have been much more difficult to see—until now.

As a Father’s Day present, Parsons House Austin has set up Skype (a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet) for Parsons House residents to connect with their loved ones, whether overseas or just out of the area. Through Skype’s video calling, residents will not only be able to hear their loved one, but see them in real time as well—to share stories, exchange smiles and laughs, and create special moments.

This can mean a lot to a senior who may not get to physically see their children – or grandchildren – for long periods of time. With video, families can connect beyond words, with the smiles and special looks that communicate care and love.

On Sunday, June 19th from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon, Hill will get to “see” and reunite with his daughter and grandchildren in Paris, and share a special Father’s Day moment through the use of Skype technology.

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT:                 A Father’s Day reunion though live Skype video call with Parsons House Austin resident, Arthur Hill, Hill’s daughter, Colleen and grandchildren, Antonin (age 10) and Sienna (age 6) .

WHERE:               Parsons House Austin, 1130 Camino La Costa, Austin 78752

WHEN:                 Skype call will take place: Sunday, June 19th at 11:30 am12:00 noon Central Time [Best photo op- at 11:30am]

WHO: Parsons House Austin resident, Arthur Hill, Hill’s eldest daughter, grandson and granddaughter

CONTACT: Media contact: Candice Tang/Juliana Minsky, (805) 689-9395 (cell phone)

Event RSVP and on-site contact: Craig Smith, (512) 454-0524

About Parsons House Austin

Parsons House Austin is an assisted and independent living community.  Their independent living services offer a secure and fulfilling lifestyle with all the comforts of a home-like setting, while offering the experience and skill of a knowledgeable and dedicated staff.  Their assisted living program offers a special combination of housing, personalized support services, and health care designed to respond to individuals who need help with activities of daily living, but do not need skilled medical care as provided by a nursing home. Parsons House Austin promotes maximum independence and dignity for each resident, encouraging the involvement of family, friends and physicians. For more information please call (512) 454-0524, or visit www.parsonshouseaustin.com.

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