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Rosener Open House

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014


Come experience our adult activity program in action!

There will be classes led by professional staff, informational sessions with our social work staff, and our Registered Nurse and therapists will be available.

Rosener House is celebrating 36 years of care for adults with challenges, including post-stroke, Parkinson’s, mild cognitive impairment or dementia.

500 Arbor Road, Menlo Park / 650-322-012

Saturday, Nov 15th

10:00 am-1:00 pm

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Support the Rosener House Walkers and the Alzheimer’s
Association at the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” on September 20, 2014.

San Francisco, Mission Creek Park

(5th and Berry, near Caltrain station)

Check-In opens 8 am.  Walk starts 10 am.

Go to the Alzheimer’s Association website

and support the “Rosener House Walkers” team.

There Must Be a Better Way Than This! Workshop

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014


Losing the ability to communicate can be one of the most frustrating and difficult challenges for people with Dementia. As caregivers, we’re often at a loss as to how to talk with and respond to a loved one affected by Dementia. In this workshop, you’ll learn new strategies to handle difficult behaviors and help you remain connected with your family member.

 Please join us to:
  • Hear how Dementia affects a person’s ability to understand and communicate
  • Learn simple skills to handle trouble behavior
  • Feel more confident in your caregiving role

DATE/TIME: August 7, 2014  6:00pm – 8:00pm

LOCATION: Rosener House Adult Day Services, 500 Arbor Rd, Menlo Park

SPEAKER: Christina Irving, LCSW, Family Consultant, Family Caregiver Alliance.

Please contact AJ Dugay at (800) 445-8106, ext. 313 or adugay@caregiver.org and leave your name, telephone number, and the name of the class if you would like to attend.

This program is funded in part by Dignity Health/ Sequoia Hospital  through the Sequoia Community Care Program.  Family Caregiver Alliance is part of California’s statewide system of nonprofit Caregiver Resource Centers, offering information, education, publications, care planning, legal/financial consultations and respite assistance.  For more information about FCA, call (800) 445-8106 or visit www.caregiver.org.

Diabetes Do’s and Don’ts

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Good health depends on eating a variety of foods that contain the right amounts of carbohydrate, protein, and fat, as well as vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. People with diabetes do not need special foods. In fact, the foods that are best for someone with diabetes are excellent choices for everyone. It may take some planning, but you can fit your favorite foods into your meal plan and still manage your blood glucose. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you plan.

DO – Eat foods that are low in fat, salt, and sugar, and high in fiber, such as beans, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.  5-9 servings a day. Eat non-starch vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli, peppers, etc. Chose whole grain foods over processed grain products, try brown rice or whole wheat pasta. Get regular physical activity.  Regular physical activity is important for people with diabetes.  Being physically active has been shown to improve blood glucose levels in older adults, whose levels are high.  Exercise is good for people with diabetes because it helps control weight, helps insulin work better to lower blood glucose, is good for your heart and lungs, and gives you more energy.

DON’T – Do not skip meals.  Regular meals can help avoid problems, especially if you take diabetic pills or insulin. Do not overeat.  Eating too much of even healthful foods can lead to weight gain. Watch your portion sizes. Limit unhealthy carbohydrates such as chips, cookies, cakes, sodas, etc.

For more information on important food related facts, visit us at http://www.penvol.org/mealsonwheels

Jesse James, Ron Hansen, Authors Salon

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Have you seen this movie? It was adapted from Ron Hansen’s critically acclaimed historical novel.Can’t wait to hear him speak at the Authors Salon Luncheon!

Do you have your tickets yet? If not, call right away: Cathy Duhring, 650-326-0665 ext. 238 or click here to order tickets online.

For more information about our award-winning, best-selling, and brand new star writers, click here.

How do you spell relief? R-O-S-E-N-E-R

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Life throws some curveballs at all of us. Early onset Alzheimer’s is one of those nobody expects, because we tend to associate Alzheimer’s with old age. Now medical science knows better, and people are getting diagnosed much earlier than before. That doesn’t make it any easier.

There  is only one known treatment for Alzheimer’s to date: socialization.

Guess what you get all day at Rosener House Adult Day Services? Socialization! Yes, we provide all the needed therapies and nursing services, along with the respite and support for families. But most of all, what distinguishes Rosener from other programs is the intensive – and just good fun – socialization.

We heard a talk last week from someone who knows this best of all, Ann Davidson.

Ann Davidson, acclaimed author of two books chronicling her late husband’s life with Alzheimer’s disease in two memoirs, is a former speech pathologist who worked with language-impaired children and a former Rosener House family member.  Ann’s husband Julian was diagnosed at age 59 while he was  prominent physiology professor at Stanford Medical School.

In Alzheimer’s A Love story:  One Year in My Husband’s Journey and A Curious Kind of Widow: Loving a Man with Advanced Alzheimer’s she uses her diary to focus on what is important as they both learn to live and cope with the debilitating onset of Alzheimer’s.

Ann credits Rosener House and all the other great family members she met there with helping her and Julian get through this. Read her books sometime; they’re truly love stories.

We tell people to get their loved ones to Rosener House as early as possible. Don’t wait!!!!! Rosener is the gift of potentially many years of being able to function and to live at home. We do help families stay together. To visit or inquire about Rosener House, click here, or call 650-322-0126.


Song Writing Class at Rosener House

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Music is fundamental to brain functioning. Rhythm and tone are the most basic of languages – ask the birds and the bees – and it works that way for humans too. The brain encodes those signals deep in memory and because of that music can stimulate memory; it works both ways.

We see that every day at Rosener House. People who are slowly losing their ability to remember (or who may have nearly lost language altogether) are able to instantly connect with our Music Therapy. The beat, and surprisingly even the words to old songs, reappear on their lips as they sway and sing.

To help stimulate brain functioning and memory retention, we do a variety of exercises and many use music. Our Music Therapy expert, Chance, teaches a song writing class. Would you believe that folks who are struggling to remember their daily activities and people around them can still connect with the ability to write a song? Believe it!

Chance began this session by playing her guitar and singing “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”  The group then talked about places to travel (left panel), decided on Hawaii, then brainstormed words and feelings (middle panel), then wrote the song to the tune of “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

Their song for the day is “Hawaii is Calling” (right panel.)

These classes are held once a week, with a new song created each time. Come and join us.

For more information about Rosener House or to schedule a visit, call: 650-322-0126, or visit our Web page: http://www.penvol.org/rosenerhouse/

Life IS better with Rosener House - for you and your family!



Food IS Good Medicine!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

At Meals on Wheels we have long known that food is good medicine.

Our direct experience over 36 years with food recipients shows how vital these daily, hot, nutritious meals are to keeping seniors alive, healthy and out of hospitals. Good nutrition is extra important to seniors in helping with fall prevention. Our daily safety checks have even saved lives!

For the past few years we have been collaborating with Sequoia Hospital and Peninsula Hospital by providing Meals on Wheels to their recently discharged senior patients. Evidence is mounting quickly that a month or so of our daily meals (plus that daily safety check) is having a markedly positive impact on keeping these patients from being re-hospitalized.

You don’t have to take our word for it. Major studies of similar meals programs in the U.S. demonstrate these very same results.

Here’s an abstract from a study done by MANNA, a Philadelphia meals program:

Chronically ill populations have a strong need for quality public health nutrition services to aid in disease management and improve health outcomes. Evidence suggests that neglecting the importance of adequate nutrition in chronically ill patients has far-reaching implications on the health status of the individual and the health care costs. … This pilot study done through the nonprofit organization MANNA …  found that the mean monthly health care costs decreased for three consecutive months after initiation of MANNA services. Other health care cost–related factors, such as inpatient costs, length of stay, and number of hospital admissions also displayed a downward trend. These results help show the significance of medical nutrition therapy and home-delivered meal services on overall health care.

To find out more about our Meals on Wheels program, whether you want to receive meals, volunteer to help us pack and deliver, or donate, click here.

Stay Active at Rosener House

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Rosener House provides a truly full day of activity. If you think it’s just therapies and sitting around, you’ve never seen our schedule. All of it is social, scaled to your level of need and interests. So you can keep your body and your mind active, while meeting with a very compatible group of people.

Take a look at the schedule below (click to enlarge): 

Don’t forget that Rosener House also offers a Support Group for Caregivers, that meets weekly, to share solutions and support during this difficult process of caring for a loved one. You don’t have to be a registered participant family to attend the Support Group. So if you’re interested, call Kathi Minden: 650-322-0126,  kminden@peninsulavolunteers.org

Life IS better at Rosener House

                          – for you and your family!

Roos-Kates “Caring Care Awards”

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Front l-r: Gene Kates, John Kates; rear l-r: Pat Wilkinson, Bart Charlow, Marjorie Quiros, Denise Ray, Barbara Kalt

Each year our Rosener House Adult Day Services program is proud to host the “Roos-Kates Caring Care Awards”. The awards were presented by the John Kates family of Atherton to honor and encourage those line staff who work most closely with Alzheimer’s patients. The awards were originally conceived of and endowed by their mother, Patricia Roos Kates, whose insight into what is most needed outside of medical care for those with dementias was exceptional.

This year’s awards go to Denise Ray and Marjorie Quiros.

Denise Ray: Denise came to Rosener House in 2011 with a wide variety of work and life experience, all of which has translated into being an excellent Activity Leader here.  Denise formerly ran a child care program, worked at Shelter Network as a case manager, worked at the Martin Luther King community center in San Mateo and at Samaritan House.  Denise, in addition to working full time at Rosener House, continues to work at the Spring Street Shelter in Redwood City.  Denise obviously enjoys working with people and is able to make them comfortable.  She has outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.  She is mature and level-headed, and conveys that calm assurance to everyone around her.  Denise always comes prepared for her activities.  Even if she is not in, she would prepare the supplies so other staff can lead the activities smoothly in her absence.

Denise is especially good at working with individuals with special needs, who may be anxious or agitated and in need of reassurance or diversion.  Denise has developed very special relationships with our veterans, facilitating a veterans group (the “Unit”) weekly.  She takes initiative, works both independently and with co-workers to plan for group activities.  She has learned a lot about working with participants with dementia and continues to enhance her skills.  We appreciate her work ethic and the contributions she has made to the program at Rosener House.

Marjorie Quiros: Marjorie came to Rosener House with previous experience working at two similar programs in the East Bay.  She also has worked as a teacher’s aide.  Marjorie projects warmth, joy, and enthusiasm for her work here.  Her self-proclaimed goal is to help participants have fun through activities, promoting feelings of self-satisfaction and happiness.  She strives to create new activities that do just that, for instance, making up new brain games that stimulate and engage participants.  Marjorie’s positive energy motivates both participants and co-workers to be successful every day.  Her creativeness and friendly personality has been able her to challenge participants to get  involved in the activities.  Marjorie creates new games and trivia for participant to get involved in the group.

Marjorie has been with us for less than two years, but has proven to be a very valuable staff member.  She has taken over the “Minds in Motion” early memory loss classes that are held once a week at Little House.  Every week she returns to Rosener House with delightful stories of what happened in her class.  One time she told of the woman in class who expressed her gratitude for the classes: The woman said she now felt more comfortable going out in social situations and that she was better able to keep up with her friends’ conversations since she has been attending the “Minds in Motion” classes.

Marjorie is a terrific team member, and we are so pleased she is enriching the Rosener House program.

What both awardees said proudly was that they are part of a team of wonderful people who are equally as dedicated and creative. No one who has visited Rosener House would argue with that!

Congratulations to Denise and Marjorie, and many thanks to the Kates family.