Retired Special Education Teacher Finds New Creativity At Sunshine Villa Retirement Community

01/29/2013 Posted by admin

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When Susan Green was in 7th grade, her art teacher told her that she was “lousy” and must avoid any art projects in days to come. Now sixty years wiser, Green has found her muse while living at Sun Villa, and has the last laugh. Since moving to Sunlight Villa, a senior living community in Santa Cruz, Green has taken on 1 or 2 ongoing art projects, including paintings, multi media, and making themed tissue rings for her community’s monthly candle-lit dinner. Some of Green’s artwork has been featured in the county exhibit, “Ageless Art.” . Working for twenty-two years as a special education teacher, Green knows firsthand that different individuals have different capabilities and talents.

Though it was not until she moved to Sunlight Villa that she realized that art was one of hers. “All this time I believed I wasn't good at art,” announced Green. “I'm actually shocked that this has all come so easily.” While Susan may be surprised by her new-found talent those in her community aren't. “Susan is a superb example of what occurs in many of us when they move to a retirement community like this,” related Teri Cilley, executive director at Sunlight Villa. “With most of the worry and daily chores taken out of their schedule, many seniors find they finally have time to try things and develop gifts they've always wanted to.” . A study by the MacArthur Foundation revealed that way of life choices, rather than genes determine how well we age in later life. The study proved that people who remain engaged and concerned socially, physically, spiritually, and psychologically live overall more healthy and better lives.

Green and her fellow residents have found an environment that promotes such an active lifestyle at Sunlight Villa. In addition to her creative ventures, Green also spends much of her time helping her neighbours at Sunshine Villa feel at home, through her service as president of the resident council, and as a welcome envoy to new residents in the community. Green has no plans of giving up her new activities, and believes her new capabilities will only improve given more time and practice. As for her old art teacher’s opinion, she does not give it much thought nowadays. “Now I know I am an artist,” declared Green. Sunlight Villa Assisted Living & Memory Care, located just blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, is a BPM Senior Living community providing quality housing and care while encouraging residents to live an active, engaged way of life.

The community features twenty four hour staffing, restaurant-style dining, well-being programs, transportation, and many more services and amenities. For more info about the community, call 831-459-8400 or visit the community’s website at http://www. sunshinevillaseniorliving . ABOUT BPM Senior Living . BPM Senior Living has successfully developed and operates seventeen premier senior living communities in seven states.

Leadership is committed to the best quality of care while maintaining stunning living environments so that residents enjoy life with choice, grace, privacy and autonomy. BPM communities include : Desert Flower, Scottsdale, AZ ; Magnolia Hamlet, Riverbank, CA ; Orchard Park, Clovis, CA ; Regency Grand at West Covina, West Covina, CA ; Sun Oak, Citrus Heights, CA ; Sunlight Villa, Santa Cruz, CA ; Willow Park, Boise, ID ; Acacia Springs, Heritage Springs and Regency Palms, Las Vegas, NV ; Regency Park, Portland, OR ; The Regent and Regent Court, Corvallis, OR ; Royalton Place, Milwaukie, OR ; Sheldon Park, Eugene OR ; Canyon Creek, Cottonwood Heights, UT ; and Overlake Patio, Redmond, WA. For more information about BPM Senior Living, visit their web site at our site news release distribution

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