Enriching Lives As We Age

Sam’s Story

Sam is a World War II veteran who worked as a barber on the Peninsula for over 40 years. He is incredibly social, enjoying music, storytelling, and dancing—all with friends—well into retirement. In 2008, Sam was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He continued to live by himself until 2009 when he fell and hurt his shoulder. With the help of his family, Sam moved into a residential care facility because he required 24-hour assistance.

While his basic needs were being met at the residential facility, Sam’s disease progressed and his memory continued to deteriorate. His daughter worried that his overall quality of life was suffering without the social engagement and intellectual activities he so enjoyed. That’s when the Veterans Administration referred Sam to Peninsula Volunteers and the Rosener House Adult Day Services program.

Seven years later, Sam has thrived at Rosener House. Still suffering from limited mobility in his shoulder from his fall, Sam received physical and occupational therapy at Rosener House; where he once needed help standing up from a chair, today Sam is able to get up and walk around on his own.

Over time, as his strength increased, Sam began to participate in more of the Rosener House social activities. His favorites are singing, dancing, and the Music and Memory program. His personalized playlist includes Elvis and The Beatles. He has made friends at Rosener House, and enjoys having a full social calendar again.

Over the years, Sam’s strength and mobility have improved because of his supportive care at Rosener House, but his age and diagnosis continue to run their course. His daughter is most grateful for PVI services, as she credits Rosener House staff and playful activities with slowing the progression of his disease. Had Sam not been a Rosener House participant for the past seven years, his condition would likely have declined more rapidly and he would have needed to move to a skilled nursing facility.

Thanks to Rosener House, Sam has the opportunity to make the most of each and every day.

My father is provided with the physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation at Rosener House, not provided at his  residential facility. I work a hectic schedule, but knowing he is receiving such great care allows me to focus on my job, and to know that my dad is active and well taken care of during the day. — Sam’s Daughter

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