At Rogerson House, we offer so much more than a nice place to live. Residents and day program participants are treasured for the people they were before they began to face Alzheimer’s or memory loss, and more importantly, for the people they are today.
Music has been proven to be stimulating to people at all stages of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. At Rogerson House, our music therapy programs are led by master’s level expressive therapists, each with varying talents and accomplishments. Music can carry a person into an era of their past, prompt them to sing the words of a song they knew long ago, or relieve anxiety through beating a drum, or tapping their feet. Even those who may no longer be able to verbalize may light up with a smile while experiencing the joy of music.
Art therapy operates on the premise that each individual uses color, line, and shape in a manner closely linked to his or her unique self. Individual personality is expressed by arranging art materials in meaningful patterns unique to the creator. Through painting and drawing, people with Alzheimer’s and dementia are finding new ways to connect with the world around them.
For many, faith has been an intricate and important part of life. Rogerson House offers opportunities for people of all religions to express their faith. We offer a monthly Catholic Mass, Protestant Service and Shabbat Service, as well as weekly Rosary and Communion. Our community also celebrates all religious holidays in an interactive and inclusive way. From Rosh Hashanah to Christmas, we invite family, friends and staff members to join our residents as we learn and share with one another.
Rogerson House works hand-in-hand with the local day care centers to create ongoing intergenerational programming. Additionally, in a wonderful collaboration between art and aging, Rogerson House participants created the Rogerson House Faith Quilt “We Remember”, which was displayed at both the Boston Center for the Arts and the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists in Roxbury in 2006.
Over the years, our residents have contributed to the creation of dollhouses. Residents may shingle the roof, sand the floors, crochet rugs, sew bedding, paint miniature furniture, and put the final touches on these wonderful structures. Once they are completed, they are donated to shelters or homes for children. In 2011, two dollhouses were donated to the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain. Our residents feel so much pride giving
back to the community, while
having an opportunity to express their creativity.
Rogerson Fitness FIRSTSM
Rogerson Fitness FIRSTSM is a specialized fitness program that allows participants to work with an exercise physiologist on state-of-the-art Nautilus equipment designed especially for elders. Learn more about the program here.