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Right on time bloomers The renowned folk artist Grandma Moses began painting seriously at 78 years of age. She became more than a successful artist, she was an inspiration; if anyone said they were too old to start something new, the knee jerk response was “Grandma Moses.” I don’t consider hers to be an unusual case. Her achievement of fame was, perhaps, but not the fact that she excelled creatively in her later years. Many artists start their creative pursuits after retiring from full-time careers. In “One Man’s Meat,” writer E.B. White mused: “…I think a literary artist has a better chance of producing something great if he spends the first forty years of his life doing something else— grinding a lens or surveying a wilderness…” The logic behind it is simple. All artists, literary and visual included, use their personal experiences to inform their work. It’s much easier to fill a canvas, or the pages of a novel, when there’s a lifetime of inspirations to draw from. Contact Kathy with story ideas: kathydean@atlantaseniorlife.com

Tips for safe online dating for seniors The internet has reshaped the way people communicate; it has also reshaped the way people find love. Courting no longer exists solely within the boundaries of blind dates and chance meetings. For seniors with a large community of family and social connections, it can be easy to meet potential companions in traditional settings. However, single or widowed seniors may find their circle of social companions much smaller. Whether you’re seeking friendship, casual dating or a serious relationship, online dating can be a fun and effective way to meet new people. As with any internet activity, safety is a major concern for seniors when dating online. Here are a few simple rules and tips to remember when embarking on the journey of online dating.

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Ask friends and family about any experiences they’ve heard about or had themselves while dating online. Use the internet to search for site reviews instead of testimonials from others who have used those sites.

Find the right site There are so many sites to choose from, it may take some time to find the right one for you. Many sites cater specifically to seniors, but popular sites like Match.com and eharmony.com also have significant user bases of “over 50.” Some sites focus more on serious relationships while others lean toward more casual situations. If you’re looking for a serious companion, you don’t want to be on a flirty, “hook up” site.

Oversharing information Never share personal details (address, phone number, banking info) with anyone you chat with online. Also, be careful sharing family information, names of close relatives and photos of your home. The occasional individual with malicious intent could seek out this type of information for nefarious means. If anyone asks you questions you’re not comfortable answering, end contact with them immediately.

Meeting and moving forward So, you’re ready to meet your online friend in person. Here are some safety tips: → Speak on the phone a few times before you meet. Make sure you feel comfortable with the person on the phone before meeting in person. → Make sure a family member or friend knows where you’ll be meeting and has the contact information and profile name of your online friend. → Make sure you select a well-lit public place where you feel safe, but that you don’t visit often. Online dating can be your doorway to finding a new circle of friends and, maybe, that special someone. Please remember to protect yourself by opening it cautiously.

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COVER STORY By Isadora Pennington and Martha Nodar Artistic expression is an incredibly powerful tool for self-discovery and growth. Whether you’ve been making art since your earliest memories, or discovered a love for it later in life, it’s never too late to embrace your inherent artistic abilities. Research supports the connection between artistic expression and extended cognitive function and increased quality of life for seniors. By continuing to learn technique and practice making art, many creative people find great fulfillment in making art during the later years of life, when the distractions of dayto- day life fall away and spare time becomes more plentiful. It’s not only the act of making art that inspires and enlivens these seniors, however. Making art also serves as a testament to those parts of life which each artist values the most. When there are no limitations and no rules pertaining to what you Gary Baughman create, many artists pull from their own personal experiences for their creations. In some cases, as with the artists we interviewed, landscapes and natural scenes increase in popularity after retirement. The tranquility and beauty of those scenes that are found during walks and hikes in nature tend to stick around in the subconscious, begging for expression and realization. Light, movement, depth, color and shading combine to create complex and nuanced works that bring the viewer into the scene. One such artist is Gary Baughman, whose pastel landscapes have won numerous awards throughout the southeast. Art has been a priority in Baughman’s life since his youth. “My playmate was a sheet of paper and a pencil,” he said with a laugh. As an only child growing up in the country, it was landscapes and farm animals that first piqued his interest as an artist. Later, during his time at the Air Force

Academy, Baughman revisited his love for art by taking classes. Inspiration sprang from landscapes he saw while living in Colorado, and throughout his post-military career, when he was working in real estate. “My goal was always to make enough money to take art classes,” he explained. Despite the fact that Baughman’s parents were never able to afford private lessons, he developed as a self-taught artist as a young man and then refined his skills with classes later in life. “I couldn’t figure out what a medium was,” he said, explaining that it was the discovery of pastels, due to their brilliance, which eventually caught his eye. Pastel is a medium that comes in fine powdery pigments of vibrant colors in the form of sticks or pencils. Baughman first entered a piece into a show in 1993, and since then he has progressed to the point where he teaches others how to use watercolors, oils and pastels, mostly in Dallas, Ga. Most of his work is inspired by things he has seen and experienced during excursions in nature, often at the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park near his home. As he explains it, he takes pictures of things he sees with his mind and then recalls them later for paintings. While on a walk, he might come across a scene or location that speaks to him, and then “a month later that will show up in a painting.” Although most of what Baughman creates is intentional and pulled from his personal experiences, he also likes to step outside of the box to create pieces by throwing paint at canvases and then creating something from the forms that appear. For Baughman, art has been a consistent part of his life since he can remember, and continues to be important to him as time passes. It’s when he’s at work with his paint and tools that he feels most at home. “They’re kind of like old friends,” he explained. Smyrna artist and Georgia native

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My playmate was a sheet of paper and a pencil.

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Marsha Savage said she is a student at heart who approaches her craft with the goal of embracing the process rather than necessarily finishing a particular piece. It “is about the journey, not the destination,” she said. Savage said she started painting at the encouragement of her best friend when she was staying at home as a young mother. Although she has attended some seminars in recent years, she refers to herself mostly as a self-taught artist. For more than 40 years, Savage’s lush landscapes have been bringing the viewer to the scene. She has painted in several mediums such as oil and acrylic, but it is

pastel painting that has captured her heart. “I like pastel because it captures the nuances of color and it’s immediate,” Savage said. “I have the ability to layer it; there is no mixing involved and dries a little faster than other mediums.” She added that when she is painting, she gets into a zone. “I let the painting tell me which direction to go,” she said. “It’s about loving what I do and being open to the experience.” Consistent with her love of nature, in “Protecting the Crop,” Savage captures the scenery of a farm in Cumming. The piece depicts four scarecrows standing in attention overlooking the countryside.

Cover: Gary Baughman adds colors to a work in progress at his studio. Opposite page: Top: Marsha Savage and her “Protecting the Crop” Middle: Arthur Jones and his “Assisi Renaissance Celebration” Bottom: Gary Baughman and his “Memories of Mother” Below: Marsha Savage puts finishing touches on one of her works of art.

Always glad to share her technical skills, Savage is a mentor to many students. She admits that she learns something new every time she teaches. She facilitates workshops in Georgia and sometimes out of state. One of her former students is Karen Margulis of Marietta, who, like Savage, is a member of the Southeastern Pastel Society, and who teams up with her to conduct workshops. “Marsha has a sensitive eye for the beauty around her,” Margulis said. “Her love of the environment comes through in her paintings.” Arthur Jones says he simply loves “to Continued on page 6

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paint, and draw, and to make artwork. He has a strong affinity for natural scenes, though he also enjoys inserting people into his landscapes. “I love people, and they are part of our lives,” he went on. Having characters in the works adds an element of relatability to the art and “I think it puts things into perspective, too.” As a young man of just eight years old, Jones first discovered a love for art when he started drawing cartoon characters and airplanes. “It was the one thing I could do probably better than anybody else in my grammar school class,” he said, noting that this artistic trend continued throughout his high school experience. Ultimately, he wanted to be an illustrator and artist, and had his hopes set high when he started school at the Atlanta Art Institute. Upon graduation, however, Jones discovered that the shift to photography in advertising had a significant impact on his career prospects as an illustrator. “Times were hard,” he recalls, and therefore he made the choice to switch gears and went on to start and run two companies within the dental industry. As an adult and with a family to consider, it was necessary to for a time to turn his emphasis to practical matters and business. He never let those real-world circumstances deter him from making art, however,

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and continued to study under experienced and notable artists locally. After his daughter left for college and Jones retired, he was able to focus more exclusively on his craft. “I am really happy when I’m sitting down in front of an easel with a brush in my hand,” Jones explained. “It’s a challenge, and it gets your mind off everything else. You lose track of time and your problems just sort of disappear.” The focus of making art is important and healthy for Jones, who has also benefited from joining groups of like-

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Above: Arthur Jones Opposite page: Marsha Savage

minded artists nearby. Beyond the benefits of entering his artwork in themed or juried shows through art organizations, he also notes the added benefit of inspiration, support and education. “As an artist, it helps to get involved with these organizations because it’s good to be around people with the same interests you have,” he said. “It keeps you going.”

Cherokee County The Cherokee Arts Center 94 North St., Canton, 30114 770-704-6244, cherokeearts.org

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Mable House Arts Center 5239 Floyd Rd., Mableton, 30126 Art Center: 770-819-3285 Amphitheatre phone: 770-819-2943 Box office: 770-819-7765 mablehouse.org Marietta Cobb Museum of Art 30 Atlanta St. SE, Marietta, 30060 770-528-1444 mariettacobbartmuseum.org South Cobb Arts Alliance (SCAA) SCAA: 770-819-3285 southcobbarts.org

DeKalb County Dunwoody Fine Art Association dunwoodyfineart.org Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) 4484 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 30319 404-364-8555 oglethorpe.edu/museum Spruill Gallery 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, 30338 770-394-4019, spruillarts.org

Spruill Center for the Arts Education Center 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, 30338 770-394-3447, spruillarts.org

Chastain Arts Center 135 W Wieuca Rd. NW, Atlanta, 30342 404-252-2927 ocaatlanta.com/chastain/

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Hammond House Museum 503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, 30310 404-612-0500 hammondshouse.org

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Johns Creek Arts Center 6290 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Bldg. 700, Johns Creek, 30097 770-623-8448, johnscreekarts.org

Abernathy Arts Center 254 Johnson Ferry Rd., NW, Sandy Springs, 30328 404-613-6172, fultonarts.org/index. php/art-centers/abernathy-artscenter Atlanta Artists Center 2979 Grandview Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30305 404-237-2324 atlantaartistscenter.org

MOCA GA (Museum of Contemporary Art) 75 Bennett St., NW, Atlanta, 30309 404-367-8700, mocaga.org

West End Arts Center 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta, 30310 404-613-6465 fultonarts.org/index.php/artcenters/west-end-arts-center Woodruff Arts Center/High Museum of Art 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 30309 404-733-4200 woodruffcenter.org or high.org

Gwinnett County Hudgens Center for the Arts 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Bldg. 300, Duluth, 30097 770-623-6002 thehudgens.org

Rialto Center for the Arts (in GA State U) 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, 30303 404-413-9849, rialto.gsu.edu

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta, 30306 404-872-5338, callanwolde.org

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Dorothy Benson visits with Thomas Shoup.

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At 95, unstoppable Dorothy Benson focuses on seniors’ issues By Joe Earle A little over three decades ago, as Dorothy Benson recalls it, there just weren’t that many activities for seniors in Fulton County. So Benson and other advocates banded together and set to work. They lobbied Fulton officials and found support among the commissioners. They organized surveys of other communities to see what sorts of services they provided. Finally, a group of about 40 of them, including Benson, paid their own way for a three-day bus trip Baltimore to examine and experience that community’s senior centers. Their work eventually led to the creation of Fulton County’s senior centers, including the one in Sandy Springs that bears Benson’ name, the Dorothy C. Benson Mulitpurpose Center at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive. It’s a building where Benson

herself, now 95 years old, regularly appears. She takes part in programs, dines in the cafeteria with other seniors (She’s particularly fond of “fish day” for the fried fish.), joins in the center bocce games and generally keeps an eye on things around the place. “She’s

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center one recent afternoon. She’s around so much, she said, that some other senior center regulars say she should have her own parking place, but she doesn’t think that would be right. Besides, the walk to her car gives her exercise, she said. “She’s an everyday person,” Shoup said. “When she goes in [the center], she’ll wait in line like everybody else.” The center showcases only part of Benson’s commitment to Fulton County seniors. She chairs the Fulton County Council on Aging, was the first chairman of Senior Services North Fulton, is a member of

the Fulton County Commission on Elderly Affairs, has advised Grady Hospital and regularly speaks out on senior issues. Her calendar remains filled with meetings related to seniors’ issues. “I’ve worked harder since I retired than I ever did before I retired,” Benson said. Local officials take note. Last year, the Georgia Senate named Benson a “Distinguished Older Georgian,” saying she is “omnipresent, advocating for seniors at the Capitol or at municipality, county, or Continued on page 26

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A: John Glenn, the late astronaut and U.S. senator. I admire what he did and how he carried into his old age. And I have a local one: Diane Williamson, executive director of The Council on Aging. She is one who pushed to get senior services in Fulton County. And she’s still in it. She’s the one who pushes it. She’s my hero.

Q: What’s your favorite recreational activity?

A: At the [Benson Multipurpose] Center, we have bocce courts.

Q: What’s your favorite book or movie, and why?

A: I don’t have any one book that’s a favorite. I like the ones Danielle Steel writes. The movie? That’s hard. I like the old movies. I like the Andy Griffith Show.

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after a heart attack Being heart-healthy generally speaks from his personal requires a lifetime of prevention. experience and immediate But for some seniors, there’s treatment. “The first one set an entirely new focus—how me back for about a month to live and enjoy a full life or so while I was trying to following a heart attack. Cardiac figure out how and if my life rehabilitation would change.” It (or rehab) is an happened in 2004 while innovative journey visiting in New York and for older adults. And celebrating a wedding it pays off. anniversary. The heart Patients say that attack was unexpected rehab seems to lift and a shock for both their spirits and Schultz and his wife. cardiologists say “The second attack it improves heart (2005) also slowed me function. Dr. Marcus down,” he admitted, Brown, medical but within a week he Judith L. Kanne, director of Cardiac resumed his normal RN, BSN, BA Rehab at Atlanta’s activity with his doctor’s is a registered nurse and Northside Hospital, freelance writer who lives in approval. Schultz would like to see the Atlanta. maintains his key to public’s awareness recovery was eating raised when it comes right, keeping his to this treatment option. weight in line with suggestions “We know that cardiac rehab from doctors, exercising, can reduce a patient’s chance of getting plenty of rest and [most overall death by 20 to 40 percent, importantly] remaining active. reduce the chance of getting Schultz encourages his friends readmitted to the hospital by 20 to stay as active as possible. to 30 percent, and help patients “Don’t think about the heart return to work and activities of attack,” he said. “Definitely don’t daily living sooner,” explained dwell on it. Always look forward, Brown. and never look back because “[But] despite the wealth of there’s nothing you can do about evidence supporting the proven the past.” benefits of cardiac Actually, it was rehabilitation, hard to catch up the services are with Schultz for greatly underan interview—he utilized,” Brown was off on a longsaid in an online awaited cruise to interview with South America Atlanta Senior and expects to Life. enjoy life to its Getting help fullest. and treatment Although a quickly can lot of people PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. MARCUS BROWN often limit can begin a Dr. Marcus Brown, medical damage to your walking regimen director of Cardiac Rehab, Northside Hospital heart muscles, right away, according to the it’s critical to National Heart, Lung and Blood discuss all physical activities Institute. The problem with with your healthcare provider many heart attacks, however, before starting any exercise is they can happen when least program. In many cases, expected. cardiac rehabilitation is the first “A heart attack can definitely significant step for recovering slow you down,” said Atlanta patients. senior Art Schultz, 79. Schultz After a heart attack, most

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people who don’t have chest pain or discomfort or other problems can safely return to the majority of their normal activities within a few weeks, according to medical experts. An important question is: are we under-using cardiac rehabilitation? The American Heart Association fact sheet states the underuse is often “among women and minorities.” Medicare beneficiaries also underuse rehab—but those who take advantage of it appear to have better outcomes. Brown said he has “countless examples of lives that have been improved with cardiac rehab.” One case Brown remembered concerns a 75-year-old woman who was diagnosed with multiple blockages and underwent open-heart surgery. “Prior to the surgery, she admitted to being inactive,” continued Brown. “She was not watching her diet and occasionally smoking. Now she exercises regularly, watches her diet carefully, no longer smokes and she actually hiked up Stone Mountain!” One more note: the British Cardiovascular Society suggests that marital status may have an important impact on the length of a patient’s

hospital stay. Think about marriage (or companionship) as good for the heart. However, the same study also indicates, “It is reasonable to suggest that these results can be attributed to better social support at home.” This February, in those busy weeks before the Valentine’s Day, focus first on your preventive health. Plan longer walks, eat the right stuff (maybe just one piece of chocolate) and have your blood pressure checked on a routine basis. Take the time to give your spouse, significant other or close family friend that extra hug. Apparently, hugs are good for you, too!

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L to R: Volunteer Brandon Garrett and Megan Jain help a senior display his paintings.

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Ageless interAction. The 501-(c) (3) nonprofit program seeks to connect seniors with local youth through the conduit of making art together. Jain’s work with elders began when she volunteered

“Art is a great medium of connection – when people create together, they connect with one another,” explains Meagan Jain, the artist behind

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Henry’s Garnet’ Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) grows in sun or part shade. The green leaves turn garnet in autumn. Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) is a large shrub or small tree with lemon scented flowers. Mostly evergreen, the silver undersides of the leaves shimmer in the breeze.

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per person, cash only, includes admission and transportation. Lunch at your own expense at Landmark Diner. The show will be presented at Balzer Theatre at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta. This travel event is planned through the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Center. Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Go to www. bensoncenter.org or call 404-6134900 for more info.

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In the Teaching Kitchen: Satisfying Soup Thursday, Feb. 23, 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. Nothing satisfies in cold weather like a nice, warm bowl of soup. Smita Daya, of Olea Oliva, will demonstrate how to make healthful and tasty minestrone using a variety of fresh ingredients, and will include an avocado, lentil and garbanzo salad. $8 for Cobb residents; $10 for non-residents. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta, 30064. Register or learn more by calling 770-528-5355 or visiting www.cobbcounty.org.

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Former hoops star donates nets for the love of the game By Dyana Bagby About 20 years ago, Doug McKendrick noticed the basketball hoops at Allen Park in Sandy Springs had no nets. “You can’t play basketball without a net,” he said matter-offactly. “Have you ever seen a high school game, a college game or a NBA game without a net?” So the businessman, owner of the renowned McKendrick’s Steak House in Dunwoody, purchased some nets and installed them at the local park for the kids who enjoy playing there. And he hasn’t stopped. At 73, he no longer installs the nets. “That takes three people and a ladder,” he said. But he does like to buy up all the basketball nets at the Target on Roswell Road, keep them in the trunk of his car and drop a couple off at the park for the young people playing there to install themselves every few months when they become torn, ragged and fall off. “This is just something I want to do. I want the kids to have a net,” he said. McKendrick doesn’t limit his

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net giving to Allen Park. If he is driving around town and notices a basketball goal in a resident’s driveway without a net, he’ll cautiously approach the home owner or a neighbor and give them a net. If no one is around, he’ll just lay the net on the goal and be on his way. He’s done this throughout metro Atlanta and recently took his campaign to another state after visiting his son who lives in Charlotte, N.C. He saw several kids playing basketball without nets at parks in the area and stopped to give them new nets straight from his stash in his trunk. At 6-feet, 6-inches, McKendrick is often asked if he plays, or played, basketball. The answer is yes. But it’s the people who taught him the fundamentals and love of the game he credits for inspiring him to give back in a small but meaningful way to others who share a love of hoops. When he was in the

Above: Doug McKendrick, owner of McKendrick’s Steak House, regularly donates nets to Allen Road Park. Left: McKendrick always carries basketball nets in his trunk and donates them to homeowners who don’t have nets on their basketball goals.

seventh grade, his family moved from Delaware to the small, farm town of Ottawa in Illinois. “The people there made me who I am,” he said. “I learned so much there.” It was in this small town, about 84 miles east of Chicago, where he was first recruited to play basketball due to his stature. “I didn’t know anything about basketball or how to dribble, but the coach saw something in me,” he said. He played center and went on to play basketball at Ottawa Township High School, a school with a rich basketball history, where he was on his way to becoming an All-State player before he broke his hand his senior year. His prowess on the court earned him a scholarship to Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he lettered in men’s basketball in 1965 and 1966. He still holds Rice’s single game scoring record. He tallied 47 points in a 1965 game against Georgia Tech. McKendrick eventually joined the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Dixie from 1969 to 1972. On his first day in the military,

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The Timeless Scarf Looking good at any age I can see myself sitting at a is what my favorite FrenchParisian café. My guess is that American author Mireille my interest in this powerful Guiliano refers to as “aging in garment may have something to style.” She suggests that the goal do with my DNA; I carry onefor mature-age women should eighth of French heritage in my not be to try to look young, genes. Despite that connection, but rather, to embrace their I’m not an expert on how to age and take care of wear scarves, which themselves. She cites is why I recently went Catherine Deneuve, to the library and still gorgeous in picked up a fabulous her 70s, as a good book by former model example. Leave it Pia Tryde Sandeman, to Coco Chanel, a “The Five-Minute connoisseur of chic, Scarf Arranger.” to put it best: “No one Sandeman is young after 40, but recommends one can be irresistible choosing scarves Martha Nodar at any age.” that “flatter your There’s no question is a freelance writer/reporter, skin and eye color.” and a professional resume that things can get She believes that writer who is the tricky when it comes the idea is not to grandmother of two and to clothing trends, fuss too much with lives in Decatur. She may which are often the scarf because be contacted at: thewritetutor@aol.com. geared toward the the garment calls younger set. Now, I for you to be bold, like fashion. With most items of adventurous and go for the clothing, I stick to the classics, gusto! Furthermore, she advises but, I confess that in my quest not to give a scarf as a gift, since for looking chic, I’ve succumbed this accessory is a personal item to the allure of the scarf. Few designed to highlight one’s own other accessories compare style statement. with the power of an elegant The statement scarf is a scarf. Ask any French woman and she’d say: naturellement! French women have a natural knack for chic. This is a fact. Guaranteed to be found in every French woman’s closet, the scarf is a staple accessory—and so much more. The écharpe is the French woman’s trademark used as a stylish garment to highlight her individual identity. It’s generally worn to flatter the face, camouflage the neckline, divert or attract Kim Novak attention, spruce-up an outfit or to appear coquette at any age. Fashion expert trick that glamorous stars of extraordinaire Nina Garcia the 1950s and 1960s used to said: “The only way to really bring their unique je ne sais understand the value of a scarf quoi to the screen. Grace Kelly is to spend an afternoon at a and Audrey Hepburn made the Parisian café and just watch the small rolled scarf, tied snugly women walk by.” to one side of the neck, an icon

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of the era. Kim Novak was the ultimate scarf diva with her flowing black chiffon version in the 1958 classic film “Vertigo.” Lana Turner also made her own contribution to the era with the classic wrap: a long silk scarf folded into a triangle to cover the head with the ends

crossing in the front while framing the face. The ends are tied together in the back of the neck and tucked under a top. If you want to complete her look, throw on a pair of vintage sunglasses—and you’re on fire! Classic chic like that never goes out of style. What looked good yesterday still looks good today. Take, for instance, the scarf loop, or infinity scarf, style. It’s been around for a while, but over the past several years, it’s been gaining in popularity here in the States. The easy, practical look works well with silk or wool scarves and flatters women of any age. It’s another example of the enduring versatility of the scarf, and its contribution to timeless beauty.

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At 95, unstoppable Dorothy Benson focuses on seniors’ issues Continued from page 8

regional commission meetings.” Fulton County Commissioner Bob Ellis calls her “consistently tenacious and persistent in her work and advocacy.” “She is passionate about ‘affordable housing’ within north Fulton,” Ellis said in an email. “She is a true advocate for seniors being able to remain in the community that they love. She is just tireless in getting it done!” She’s also a fixture around north Fulton County, where she’s lived for about 60 years. She was born in Pennsylvania, she said, but grew up in Miami. “My father retired when I was very young,” she said. Her husband’s job brought them to Atlanta and they settled in Sandy Springs, then

just a country crossroads. The business district offered little more than a gas station and grocery store on Roswell Road, Benson recalled. “It was before any of this development happened,” she said. The Benson family lived on a farm, where Dorothy taught horseback riding. “I built the barn—literally,” she said. “I sawed the wood and hammered the boards.” She taught riding for 50 years, she said. She worked with the U.S. Pony Club, would take the family’s horses for a swim in lakes on the Glenn estate, she said, “and we always rode horses in parades” in the area. “When they started building Ga. 400,” she said, “we could take our horses over there. It was like a race track.” For the past 40 years or

so, she’s lived in Alpharetta. About 30 years ago, she took up working with stained glass. She’d studied art in college and painted with oils and pastels and other media, but found a new interest in working with the colored glass. “I wanted to learn, so I went out and took lessons,” she said. “I just liked stained glass.” Now she teaches classes twice a week to teach others how to work with stained glass. And pieces of her own work are permanently on display at the senior center that bears her name. She made six stainedglass panels for the center. Each

panel shows images of native Georgia flowers. At the Benson Center, it sometimes seems Dorothy Benson’s work is never quite done. One recent afternoon, after showing a visitor around, she headed off for a quick conference with staff members. She wanted to find a place somewhere in the busy senior center to set up a Wii computer gaming system for interactive bowling, she said. That way, she said, the bocce players could continue their twice weekly games through the cold days of winter.

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help as many people as possible reevaluate that expectation from art that is “right” or “good” to art that is—to art that is organic, authentic and expressive.” Indeed, the experience is not only transformative for the seniors, but also for those who volunteer. The monthly events take place in senior care facilities throughout the metro Atlanta area, and draw volunteers that range from high schoolers to middle aged adults. “For the younger people who participate, they say their perceptions of aging totally change from being negative to positive and that’s exciting because that’s part of the idea,”

said Jain. Another volunteer present at the December event was Brandon Garrett, who, like Mitchell, had been to several Ageless interAction events. “I love the energy,” said Garrett, whose own background in art gives him an added enthusiasm for working with the program. “There’s so much of a disconnect between youth and senior adults. It’s fun to be part of the connection.” The future of Ageless interAction looks bright, with plenty of room for expansion. While no events are yet on the books for 2017 Jain anticipates that she will resume monthly events in the new year. With

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