There are several neighborhood resources for your family, but mental health experts recommend you contact your primary physician to start.
Boston's families have new tools to deal with mental illness and stress in children, thanks in part to new federal grants. There are numerous mental health resources and services available in Boston, but the first line of prevention is the family's pediatrician, said Debby Allen, Boston Public Health Commission's Director of the Bureau of Child, Adolescent and Family Health. One new program is Project Launch, which is targeted to help very young children, who don’t have serious manifestations of serious illnesses, but are acting up, or in life situations such as being homeless, or instability, such as a having mother suffering from depression. These programs are available at three Boston sites, and employ early childhood clinicians: Boston…
The elders who made the doll houses are all dealing with various memory loss problems, including Alzheimer’s disease.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Rishi Sidhu
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Five residents of the elderly care facility the Rogerson House in Jamaica Plain gathered on Monday at the Italian Home for Children to give two intricately decorated dollhouses to the children’s shelter. The elders who live in the House range in age from 59-95 and are all dealing with various memory loss problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, according to Kristen Woulfe, outreach coordinator for the Rogerson House. The dollhouses were a way “for them to be able to give back,” said Woulfe. “To still be part of a community, [but] support it in a different way.” The residents started working on the dollhouse two years ago as part of an arts therapy program with Jenny Merigold, the then intern who is now the arts therapy coordinator, said …