Enriching Lives As We Age

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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.

 

Aging Well Is Within Your Reach

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

We don't just sit around at Crane Place.

Read it, do it, and live well longer!

It’s nice to have the researchers confirm what we’ve been saying at Peninsula Volunteers for years: that living well longer requires fitness, intellectual stimulation, and socialization. We actually say that it requires SIX things: add to the above list good nutrition, safe housing and a reason for being.

Peninsula Volunteer programs (Meals on Wheels, Little House, Rosener House, Crane and Partridge-Kennedy Apartments) provide all six factors.

We see that every day. People participating in PV programs are living well and independently longer. Now you know why.

See what the experts say (from 2/19/14 SF Chronicle): http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Aging-well-exercise-mental-stimulation-social-5246368.php

Little House Noted in People Magazine

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Cheryl Burke, dancing master of “Dancing with the Stars” appears in a story in the holiday extra edition of People Magazine this month. She’s the first one quoted in a story about celebrity memories of the holidays. Cheryl tells the nation (or at least all the mag readers) about her fond memories volunteering each Christmas at Little House as part of her cherished family tradition, along with her Peninsula Volunteer mom, Sherri Burke.

We aren’t allowed to reprint their article here, so you’ll just have to find the magazine or check their website if you’re curious.

We CAN tell you that Cheryl’s dance studio has a large ad in our January Little House News, which will be posted on our website shortly.

Thank you Cheryl. You’re a good friend, a good person and a really GREAT dancer!

Alzheimer’s Cafe is a Real Gift to Your Family!

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Join us for a special holiday Alzheimer’s Café

Tuesday Dec. 20th from 2 – 4pm 

Hot cocoa, cookies and a cozy fireplace set the scene for holiday fun.

We will be joined by Music Therapist Chance Selinger, who will provide music.

The Café is a place where everyone can be themselves, share experiences, and learn from one another. It is a warm and inviting atmosphere that nurtures friendship and mutual support. It is welcoming to both those with dementia and their caregivers. There’s no agenda, only the opportunity to socialize and enjoy a day out in a creative environment.

Feel free to stop in, have coffee and pastries and become part of this growing movement.

For more information, call Julie Scales at (650) 326-2025, ext. 229.

Class Days and Times: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 2 – 4 PM ▪ Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 21, March 20
Location: Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center
800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
Cost: FREE, donations gladly accepted