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Specialty Programs

Opening Minds through Art (OMA)

SAGEOpening Minds through Art (OMA) is an award-winning, evidence-based, intergenerational art-making program. Founded on the principle that individuals living with dementia can express themselves creatively through art, OMA’s mission is to build a bridge across cognitive barriers and generations with its carefully researched method.


"The OMA art gallery exhibit makes clear to us all, the sheer caliber of not only the creative, stunning and complex artwork, but the caliber of heart and love that these talented individuals possess to share with one another and with us. "

-OMA Assistant

"Imagination is a great thing. It’s interesting how you can do things here that you never imagined before."

-OMA Artist

Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care (PAC) Trainings

SAGETeepa Snow is one of the leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it, worldwide. As an occupational therapist with forty years of clinical practice, her approach supports and engages people experiencing changes in brain function. As we train our staff and put it into practice at Goddard House, Positive Approach® to Care emphasizes making use of the skills that a person living with dementia retains while providing support, and substituting our skill, for what is no longer available.

Leadership staff at Goddard House has been training in PAC over the last three years and we are proud that master teachers are on site in Fall 2018 to train our front-line staff.


"Teepa Snow’s method is by far, the most dignifying and empowering approach between care partners and persons living with dementia that I have ever experienced. "

-Goddard House Staff Member, PAC Training Participant

Mindful Aging Classes

SAGEMindful Aging at Goddard House is a unique class specifically designed for older adults that combines mindfulness tools and stress reduction techniques. The program is based on the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed at UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness by Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic.

The ability to quiet the mind eases the impact of stress on the physical body and slows the progression of dementia. The Goddard House course is taught by Bob Linscott, MTS, who is a MBSR teacher at The Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School and has been working in the field of aging at The Fenway Institute in Boston for over 10 years. Hear Linscott speak about supporting the aging process with mindfulness visit »


"At first, I couldn’t keep my mind quiet for more than 2 seconds, it was so full or needless worries. Now, over a year later, I can’t imagine how I survived so long without meditation. "

- Mindful Aging Class Participant

"Mindful Aging made me more aware of my environment and my physical presence. I don’t try to do two things at once anymore. I pause. That’s helped prevent me from falls. "

- Mindful Aging Class Participant

SAGECare LGBT Competency Certification

SAGEThe Goddard House leadership team engaged in a training process to become the first Assisted Living in Massachusetts to obtain a SAGE accreditation to better serve LGBT elders. Along with providing advocacy and resources for LGBT elders across the country, SAGE also offers training for providers, such as Goddard House, to become culturally competent and sensitive to the salient issues of LGBT Elders.

“Our hope is that by undergoing this training Goddard House will become well-known as an organization that welcomes LGBT elders to join this community and has prepared the staff to understand some of the unique issues faced by this group of people.”
-Lance Chapman, Assistant Executive Director, Goddard House

Expressive Arts Therapies

Goddard House Assisted Living offers a variety of expressive arts programs every week to all residents. As led by experienced, credentialed therapists, the expressive arts are a means for older adults to connect to their creative spirit in ways that foster human growth, healing and joy. They are about reclaiming our innate capacity as human beings for creative expression of our individual and collective human experience through artistic forms. Included in our offerings are:

  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Life-storytelling
  • Poetry
  • Dance-movement therapy

Fitness at Goddard House

Goddard House offers a wide array of daily group fitness classes and operates two fitness studios for individual training in both Traditional Assisted Living and on Olmsted Place. We are extremely fortunate to have Chris Parchmann, MS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, oversee fitness at Goddard House.  Chris is the owner of Forever Fit, a company that specializes in senior fitness programs.  Forever Fit offers a high level expertise, customized for older adults, that isn’t always available in senior fitness programs. Current fitness groups at Goddard House include:

  • Strength and resistance training
  • Stretching
  • Yoga
  • Tai-chi
  • Pilates
  • Creative movement