Seniors Lost in Space for the afternoon

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Last Wednesday, the residents of Brandywine Living in Princeton walked through the door to their great room as they normally do, only this time it was out of this world and they were instantly “lost in space.”

The room looked like a black-light planetarium, with dots of laser light streaming through the walls and ceiling, backdrops of stars, and planets hanging from the ceiling.

It’s National Assisted Living Week and Getaways producer Stephanie Gaber has a different TV theme for residents each day. “Lost in Space” was an American science fiction television series originally broadcast in the 1960s. The show featured a robot.

This event also featured a robot, but not the kind that proclaims the show’s tagline “Danger, Will Robinson!”

This mechanical man was an 8-foot-tall mega robot (inhabited by Alex Fazyrn with Laser Show USA) who strutted around the room to club music, flashing lights, high-fiving and dancing with responsive residents.

WWll Bomber Veteran Donald Stern, 99, right, dances with the 8ft tall Mega Robot (aka Alex Fazyrn) in the transformed day room.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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Residents cheer and high-five the 8-foot-tall Mega Robot (aka Alex Fazyrn).Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The National Center for Assisted Living chose this year’s theme as “HAPPY MOMENTS,” but Gaber embellished the idea and came up with his TV Sitcoms & Series motif.

The week kicked off with “Happy Days” on Sunday, followed by “Miami Vice” on Monday, “Green Acres” on Tuesday, “Lost in Space” on Wednesday, “I Dream Of Jeannie” on Thursday and “I Love Lucy ” Friday.

On Saturday, September 17, which also happens to be National Batman Day, residents can take a ride in the authentic Batmobile and meet costumed characters from the 1960s American television series based on the comic book character. DC of the same name.

To prepare for Lost in Space Day, Gaber and staff have been working since mid-August. Residents contributed outstanding works of art and also shaped the planets hanging from the ceiling.

“We wrapped balloons in them, then we dried them, then they painted them,” Gaber said, speaking of the planets that were representations of those in our solar system.

After the dance was over, residents sampled alien treats, astronaut food in the form of freeze-dried ice cream.

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Resident Mercedes McGann, right, snacks on alien treats, astronaut food in the form of freeze-dried ice cream.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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8-foot-tall Mega Robot (aka Alex Fazyrn) entertains and dances with a resident in the transformed day room that features resident-made papier-mâché planetsMichael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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Residents cheer and high-five the 8-foot-tall Mega Robot (aka Alex Fazyrn).Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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Transformed day room features alien artwork made by residentsMichael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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8-foot-tall Mega Robot (aka Alex Fazyrn) dances with resident Geri Nagelberg in the transformed day room.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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Residents Jean Trosko, left, and Gloria Lane dance with 8-foot-tall Mega Robot (aka Alex Fazyrn) in the transformed living room.Michael Mancuso | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

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