- Posted August 30, 2013 by
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Fort Worth, Texas Man Discovers Love of Painting at Age 82
“My wife was the driving force behind me trying painting,” said Kelly. “Now that we are retired, we have a lot more free time on our hands, and we didn’t want to spend it sitting around all day watching television. I look forward to the hours I spend in the art room with my new friends developing an interest I never even knew I had.”
The cutting-edge art studio is now home to a wide variety of paintings done by both seasoned resident painters and first time artists. When you walk in, the eyes of loved ones gaze back at you, as many residents have painted portraits of spouses and grandchildren. For Mr. Kelly, portraits are his favorite to paint, and he enjoys giving his various art pieces to his family.
“It’s because of The Stayton that I’ve been given this opportunity to find and explore this new passion in my life,” stated Kelly. “If I were still living at home, I can tell you there is no way I would have discovered the joys of painting. Painting has made me see the world around me differently. I notice colors more and shading. It’s invigorating!”
Leading the group of painters is Molly Dummit, a retired art teacher who still appreciates helping others see the joy in art. She said, “These Stayton residents are a true inspiration to me and to the art community as a whole. They take it seriously while also seeing how relaxing and rewarding it can be.”
Kelly says the camaraderie he has developed with the other residents in the art class has been the best part. “There is a retired professor, realtor, pathologist and other professions in the class. Some of these people I may have never come to know if it weren’t for this class. One gentleman in the class recently had a stroke and has lost some mobility on his right side. He is right handed but paints with his left hand. It’s remarkable.”
While studies continue across the globe on the benefits of art for seniors, the preliminary results are very positive. According to Today’s Geriatric Medicine, painting offers a wide range of benefits including the following:
• Helping individuals relax
• Providing a sense of control
• Reducing depression and anxiety
• Assisting in socialization
• Increasing self-esteem
• Improving cognition
• Reducing boredom
In the end, what takes place in the art room at The Stayton each week is not a science experiment. It’s just a group of 70- and 80-year-olds coming together for their own personal reasons and translating the world they see to canvas.
ABOUT THE STAYTON AT MUSEUM WAY
Located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, The Stayton at Museum Way is an 11-story, three building community featuring 188 independent living residences with a variety of spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. In addition to resort-style independent living, The Stayton provides onsite assisted living, memory support, and private skilled nursing for life care residents and others in the community.
The Stayton at Museum Way, a Masterpiece Living® community, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities The Buckingham in Houston, Edgemere in Dallas, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, Mirador in Corpus Christi and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information call (817) 439-6936 or visit www.thestayton.com.