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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.

Become Aware Through Education

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

More often than not, getting older comes with a few extra challenges: slight memory loss, slower movement, and even aches in places you didn’t know existed. While most of these changes are simply the results of aging, it’s always smart to be aware of signs that show something a little more. In terms of Alzheimer’s, it’s easy to perceive memory loss as a sign of age. In a recent article by the Huffington Post, the 10 most cited signs of Alzheimer’s, as stated by the Alzheimer’s Association, include the following:

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality

Although these may not apply to you or a loved one, the best way to stay aware is to be educated. Rosener House specializes in finding fun and exciting ways to enhance memory loss and stimulate the minds of those who may be experiencing these symptoms. Be sure to visit the Rosener webpage to see what activities we have in store for the month August.

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

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!



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.


Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

No holiday is ever left out as an opportunity for celebration at Rosener House!

Our participants enjoy a rich mix of therapies, socialization, art, music – and fun – every day.

The famous Chinese dragon was moving very fast, so excuse the photo.

Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

And for those of you who aren’t fluent in Chinese, it means, “Life IS better with Rosener House – for you and your family.


Help Seniors in Your Community – Volunteer

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Volunteer Information Session

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

10:00 – 11:30am

Learn about the mission of Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. and how you can be a part of helping seniors in our community. We are currently recruiting volunteers in all programs: Meals on Wheels, Little House Activity Center, and Rosener House Adult Day Services.

Assist those in your area by delivering food, assisting in activities, serving lunch and much more!!

RSVP By 1-10-14

Lucy Uhl Room, Little House Activity Center

800 Middle Ave, Menlo Park, CA

650-322-0129         volunteer@peninsulavolunteer.org



Your Year End Giving

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

This is about you. You care about people. You know that we at Peninsula Volunteers do too!

In fact, everything we do is about caring FOR people. Folks like yourself or your parents and your neighbors.

This is the “season of giving”. You’ll see messages everywhere to give to your favorite local charities. You’ll see stories that will make you weep and tug at your heartstrings. You’ll get requests from friends and colleagues and organizations to GIVE!

We’re a bit quieter about all that at Peninsula Volunteers. Yet our need for your help to help seniors in our communities is every bit as important and as heartwarming in results as any story you’ll hear this month! If you haven’t yet made your gift, please do!

Here’s the simplest way – donate directly to us online. DonateNow

I promise you that we’ll be just as ready to accept your gift by phone or mail, so you don’t need to be high tech to do this. Just big hearted!

Call Cathy at: (650) 326-0665, ext. 238. Or pop it in the US Mail to: 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025.

You will be in good company! Here’s what one of our Meals on Wheels recipients says:

Thank you for your donation to keep Peninsula Volunteers’ many vital programs going and growing to meet the needs of seniors right here you your backyard.