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Aging artfully at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony

October 23, 2010 |  6:09 am

Relative

Is it me or are senior living opportunities sounding more desirable all the time? This week Los Angeles Times' It's All Relative columnist Rosemary McClure takes a look at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a twist on senior housing that encourages residents to follow their artistic calling. She writes:

The Colony, which targets people 55 and older, opened in 2005 in an attractive five-story building a block from downtown Burbank. A sign outside says, "Get Active, Be Creative, Be Inspired." The words aren't just window dressing: On any given day, residents might be involved in an intergenerational writing workshop, a watercolor class, a sculpture seminar or a tai chi class. Or, they might be making a movie.

Evenings contain a wealth of creative opportunities, too: There might be a gathering in the Colony's 45-seat theater for a play, poetry readings, karaoke or open-mike sessions. Or residents might be found at a wine-and-cheese party in the lounge.

Sign me up!

Read more on the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, the latest in McClure's columns on caring for and staying connected with aging family members. Then check out her resources box to find other artistic activities for seniors.

-- Deborah Netburn

Photo: Gene Schklair is backed by one of his artworks in the Burbank Senior Artists Colony. The facility, he says, helps seniors "come alive." Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

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