Rogerson House is always bustling with activity and fun events. Here is a look at some of our most recent happenings!
“To Boston With Love” at the MFA
On July 1st, Rogerson House residents took a trip to the MFA as we do every month, however, this trip was very special. Although our residents all have some level of memory loss, many were very aware of the Boston Marathon bombings. The exhibits we visited included “To Boston With Love” which was a display of more than 1700 hand-sewn flags. The flags were created by quilters from all over the world, and contained inspirational messages of hope, love and peace, in support of the people of Boston.
Shortly after the bombings, the MFA was contacted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. They wanted to lend 3 paintings to the MFA, as a tribute to the people of Boston and to show support for its sister institution. The residents were very engaged while viewing this exhibit. The paintings chosen were Northeaster by Winslow Homer, which portrays a raging storm; Lachrymae, (Tears), by Frederic, Lord Leighton signifying the sorrow felt by our city, and The Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuill by Edouard Manet, representing the promise of joy and better days to come. Our residents’ hearts were touched by such powerful messages the paintings sent, and the generous gesture by the MET.
SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, September 29th is Boston’s Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Last year our team of staff, family members and friends of Rogerson House raised more than $5,000 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year we’d love our team to be the largest in Rogerson history! If you can’t join the walk, there are many other ways to support this effort. We are currently seeking a friend or family member to take on a leadership role as a Co-Captain with Jenny Merigold. Please keep your eyes peeled for announcements and more information as we approach the date of the walk. If you are interested in joining our efforts please contact Jenny Merigold at 617-983-2300 ext. 108 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we can help put an end to Alzheimer’s disease!
On June 26th our residents had such a treat. Forty first-graders visited from the neighboring British School and sang their little hearts out! There are over 70 countries represented by students at the British School, so our entertainers were from all corners of the world. They held a captive audience and delighted residents with such tunes as You Are My Sunshine and our national anthem.
Welcoming Our Neighbors
Each year the Hellenic College of Brookline hosts a program called the “Cross Road Summer Institute”. Orthodox Christian high school students from all over the country apply to participate in this 10-day program of studying their faith and serving the community through outreach ministries. This June, Rogerson House was fortunate to be on the receiving end of their outreach. Sixteen students joined our residents for an afternoon filled with various activities. The students participated with our residents in playing Scrabble, painting, doing jigsaw puzzles and gardening in our greenhouse. Our residents truly enjoyed the enthusiasm of their youthful companions for the day. Thank you to Hellenic College for thinking of your neighbors across the Jamaica Pond!
2nd Annual Arts Festival, April 21, 2013
Now an annual event, Rogerson’s Arts Festival featured artwork from our residents and day program participants displayed throughout the lobby and hallways of Rogerson House. From 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm, family members and friends were invited to peruse a varied display of creativity and inspiration. Refreshments were served, and musical performances took place in the conference room. Art Therapy is such a vital part of the stimulating programs at Rogerson House, and we wanted to show off the results! To give ample exposure to our resident artists, all artwork was left on display during the entire week of 4/21/13 through 4/26/13.
Residents have recently been introduced to Minas, a dance student who is volunteering to help us find our rhythm! He recently gave residents a lesson in the box step and the cha-cha!
SHOWA students have built a relationship with Rogerson House residents, helping us to better understand their culture. Together these students teach residents how to fold paper in the origami style.
Rogerson House Special Accomplishments