We recently had the chance to sit with resident Phyllis Dana to learn some of her life story.
Born on September 26, 1928 in Boston Phyllis had one sister. She was married to her husband Charles for more than 35 years and they raised their family in the Boston area.
Phyllis graduated from New England Conservatory and Berkeley School of Music where she learned to play six instruments, essentially all of the woodwinds. In addition to her musical talents, Phyllis went on to become a professional psychotherapist, studying under Helen Gurin, a nationally recognized social worker-teacher who Phyllis says was her most influential mentor.
Phyllis says she thinks it’s important to try and be a decent person and to focus on relationships with others. She can often be found about the House doing just that, sharing in activities and noticing and engaging in conversation with staff—whom she calls “nice people”—and with her fellow residents.