Rogerson Communities was founded in 1860 in Boston as the “Home
for Aged Men,” the first privately supported home in the area for
“respectable aged and indigent men.” Since 1978, Rogerson
Communities has evolved from a single retirement home for older men to
a network of innovative, accessible, affordable housing and services for
elders, persons with disabilities, and the working poor in the Greater
Breaking new ground and turning innovative ideas into housing and programs
that truly respond to the needs of Boston’s most vulnerable, elderly
residents are aspects key to Rogerson’s success.
Rogerson opened one of this country’s first adult day health programs for elders in 1978, now expanded to become the Rogerson Roslindale Adult Day Health Program.
Rogerson was also one of the first elderly housing providers to hire social
service coordinators for residents and one of the first to encourage elders
to keep pets in their homes. The agency’s leadership role in meeting
the needs of older adults is exemplified most recently by the introduction
of a pioneering exercise and strength-training program specifically designed
for elders, Rogerson Fitness First, at the Rogerson Roslindale Adult Day Health Program
as well as a number of other Rogerson facilities.