It is no secret that the winter months can be somewhat gloomy in New England. Even going for a walk outside can be treacherous with black ice lurking below seemingly every patch of snow. With this in mind, Rogerson House Assisted Living and Adult Day Health Program, thought of a way to bring the fun inside -- a "Senior" Prom.
It is unfortunate that the number of services and resources is not equally rising with the growing number of those suffering from memory loss. Restaurants, movie theaters, and plays can prove difficult spaces to navigate. Awareness of dementia is growing, but not fast enough. In an effort to bring those elements of socialization, exercise, community engagement, and music appreciation together, Rogerson House planned a “Senior” Prom.
With dates provided by local universities and schools among them Northeastern, Ivy Street, and Harvard and a live band performance by UMass Amherst students, the night began to come together. Local businesses Fire Opal donated lovely clothing, Wild Goose Chase donated gorgeous jewelry, and Bluemercury donated makeup for an added bit of glam. Volunteers poured in for a night of dessert and dancing.
On February 18th, Rogerson House at 434 Jamaicaway, was transformed into a winter formal for the residents and their dates. The night included dancing, a photo booth, dessert replete with a chocolate fountain, a red carpet, naming of a king and queen, and much more.