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What Artful Living Means at The Reutlinger Community

What does it mean to live an “artful life?” Simply put, it means a life that is filled with art – the art you consume, the art you create, the art you share. It’s about appreciating and creating art for its own sake, without thought to gaining fame or fortune or anything other than leaving the world a little better than you found it.

“The arts attract us all, no matter how young or old we are,” says Andrea Campisi, Marketing and Admissions Director of The Reutlinger Community, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Danville, CA. “There is a drive in every person to create things of beauty that stem from our emotions, feelings, imagination or visions. This is something that nourishes us throughout our whole lives, helping us to be well-rounded individuals. The arts teach us to communicate, help us broaden our minds, connect us to one another and improve our quality of life in many, many ways.”

There is extensive evidence that art and artistic expression can benefit the lives of seniors in incredible ways. Throughout history, creating art has been therapeutic for both the creator of the work and those who participate in or view it. This knowledge has helped to shape the philosophies and best practices of today’s art therapies, music therapies and other forms of self-expression used to enhance lives across the world.

Next Avenue, a research-focused art blog, wrote in one of their studies that “the most compelling evidence of the value of the arts revolves around improving the lives of older adults.” For residents at The Reutlinger Community – and for all other senior individuals – there is substantial proof that participating in artistic forms like drawing, painting, dancing or writing can help to maintain health, quality of life and fulfillment for older adults.

How Does an Artful Life Benefit Seniors?

Although the therapeutic benefit of the arts has been studied extensively, the study of aging and the arts is still fairly new. Still, there are many anecdotal tales of seniors who experience better moods, become more social and have a greater sense of self-worth after participating in an art program.

“Knowing everything we do about how to age successfully, it’s no surprise that the arts and an artful life are a benefit to seniors,” says Andrea. “We’ve seen that having a purpose, participating in an activity they enjoy, being social and connecting with people helps seniors stay healthy physically, mentally and emotionally, all of which are integral to a fulfilled life.”

Don’t believe us? Here are some of the things that have been discovered about the arts and aging well:

  • Dancing helps boost motor skills and cognition.
  • Singing can improve mental health and self-esteem.
  • Participating in the arts increases one’s psychological health and social engagement.
  • Playing a musical instrument can improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s.
  • Seniors report feeling a stronger sense of identity after creating a piece of art.
  • Practicing some form of art helps individuals gain a sense of control.
  • Seniors report reduced boredom, better mental function and more happiness when they participate in an artful life.

Discovering an Artful Life at The Reutlinger Community

The Reutlinger Community’s award-winning Art Program, “Discovering the Artist Within,” offers our residents an opportunity to create art within an encouraging, inspiring atmosphere. Betty Rothaus, our full-time Artist-in-Residence, offers residents individual guidance in bringing their unique visions to life.

“In our beautiful fine arts studio, our residents are able to express themselves through a variety of mediums, including sculpting, throwing pottery, working with jewelry or textiles, painting and so much more,” says Andrea. “Residents who’ve never picked up a paintbrush before work side-by-side with experienced artists to learn new skills, express themselves and simply have fun creating.”

Within a beautiful fine arts studio, residents who have never created art before, as well as experienced artists, enjoy learning new skills and expressing themselves through drawing, painting in oil, acrylic, pastels or watercolor, sculpting/pottery in clay, collage, textiles, jewelry and/or mixed media.  Each year, The Reutlinger Community hosts a variety of exhibitions showcasing the residents’ work, which are then printed into a yearly calendar.

“Our award-winning program has been heralded as one of the most outstanding Art Programs in the country,” says Andrea. “Most importantly to us, though, is that so many of our residents have found purpose, happiness and passion through our program, providing them an outlet to let their imaginations soar.”

For more information about artful living, or to learn more about our community, mission and values, please contact us at 925-272-0261.

Premier Senior Living, Dedicated Care

The Reutlinger Community’s mission is to provide high quality health care and social support services in a life-enhancing and stimulating environment with a commitment to Jewish values.  

Offering Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, The Reutlinger Community provides a continuum of care that allows seniors to live in a life-enhancing and stimulating environment. Located in Danville, California, The Reutlinger Community’s renovated, 110,000-square-foot community combines the comfort and familiarity of home with seasoned senior care and skilled nursing specialists to suit any senior’s needs, allowing them to live the life they choose with freedom and security.

Because we specialize in a continuum of care, our residents never need to worry about leaving the community they call home or wonder what will happen when they need some more care. Residents and families alike can have peace of mind knowing that there are full-time licensed nurses available, along with activity coordinators, social workers, caregivers, a concierge and Rabbi who focus solely on helping each resident thrive. Even better, our services and amenities are equal to those of a state-of-the-art resort. This is the lifestyle and care that your loved one deserves.

At The Reutlinger Community, seniors have numerous opportunities to engage in award-winning programs that are designed to engage the mind, renew the spirit and provide opportunities to meet new people and learn something new. Whether residents are enjoying our art program and museum, listening to a lecture or educational program or attending spiritual programming and our wide range of activities, there’s something for each resident to love. Participate as much or as little as you like, the choice is all yours.

For more information or to schedule a personal tour contact us today.

The Bay Area’s Premier Jewish Senior Living Community

Over 60 years ago, The Reutlinger Community was founded as the Home for Jewish Parents in Oakland, California. Since then, The Reutlinger Community has experienced growth and enhancement that have allowed them to provide high-quality health care and social support services to seniors – all within an environment that is committed to Jewish values. Offering Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Short-Term Rehabilitation, everything seniors need and more is offered so that you can maintain your friendships, keep your family together and truly feel at home.

According to Andrea Campisi, Marketing and Admissions Director at The Reutlinger Community, the principles by which they serve seniors are simple and come down to a few key words: honor, respect, love and tradition. “At The Reutlinger Community, we know how much you value your parents and understand how difficult it can be when you want to care for them but are unable to provide the level of care they deserve,” says Andrea. “This is why we strive to care for your parents with the same dedication and love that you do. We truly spend each day caring for your loved one just as you would, while providing the support and education you need.”

Something for Everyone

The Reutlinger Community has something for everyone. From an array of living options to multiple programs and activities, no days look the same.

  • A true continuum of care. With Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Short-Term Rehabilitation, The Reutlinger Community is able to meet any needs your loved one may have. This can bring you and your family peace of mind knowing that your loved one will never have to move because their needs change.
  • Living options to fit needs and preferences. No matter if your loved one is independent or needs more care, there are unique living arrangements suited to their needs. Whether they desire a one-bedroom or studio apartment, private or semi-private room, each area has full-time nurses, activities coordinators and caregivers ready to help each resident thrive.
  • At your service. The Reutlinger Community provides residents with three restaurant-style meals each day in one of our five dining venues with snacks and beverages available any time. Feel like going out to eat or seeing a movie? Just ask for scheduled transportation to take you where you want to go. Here, residents also never need to worry about housekeeping, laundry or maintenance. We’re here to take care of all of it for you.
  • Be as busy or as relaxed as you wish. Spend the day surrounded by our beautiful gardens and hills, relax in the library with a good book or the café with your favorite drink. Participate in one of our many activities or go out on the town, the choice is yours.
  • Focus on spiritual needs. The Reutlinger Community believes that caring for the spiritual and religious needs of residents is essential to increased well-being. Our on-site synagogue, Sh’ma Kolenu, provides an ideal setting for prayer, meditation and services. Attend weekly Shabbat and enjoy our holiday services with Rabbi Debora Kohn or attend various religious programs and classes.
  • Express yourself. At The Reutlinger Community, our residents enjoy our art program with artist-in-residence Betty Rothaus, MFA. Teaching and exploring various art techniques, Betty helps others to enjoy learning new skills and ways to artistically express themselves through drawing and painting with acrylic, pastels, watercolor, textiles and more. 
  • Explore your heritage. Many residents enjoy The Reutlinger Community’s Jewish Heritage Museum, located on site with both permanent and temporary exhibits. Open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., residents can see over 100 artifacts representing a range of cultural and ceremonial objects.

To experience The Reutlinger Community for yourself, or to learn more about our continuum of care and support, contact our team today. We would love to talk with you and show you why our community stands above the rest as the Bay Area’s premiere Jewish senior living community.

Premier Senior Living, Dedicated Care

Offering assisted living, enhanced assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and

rehabilitation, The Reutlinger provides a continuum of care that allows seniors to live a life-enhancing and stimulating environment. Located in Danville, California, The Reutlinger Community’s newly renovated 110,000 square foot community combines the comfort and familiarity of home with seasoned senior care and skilled nursing specialists to suit any seniors needs, allowing them to live the life they choose with freedom and security.

Because we specialize in a continuum of care, our residents never need to worry about leaving the community they call home or wonder what will happen when they need some more care. Residents and families alike can have peace of mind knowing that there are full-time licensed nurses available along with activity coordinators, social workers, caregivers, a concierge and rabbi who focus solely on helping each resident thrive. Even better, our services and amenities are equal to those of a state-of-the-art resort. This is the lifestyle and care that your loved one deserves.

At The Reutlinger Community, seniors have numerous opportunities to engage in award-winning programs that are designed to engage the mind, renew the spirit and provide opportunities to meet new people and learn something new. Whether residents are enjoying our art program and museum, listening to a lecture or educational program or attending spiritual programming and our wide range of activities, there’s something for each resident to love. Participate as much or as little as you like, the choice is all yours.

For more information or to schedule a personal tour, contact us today.