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Providing more meals than the average Dallas restaurant, the Presbyterian Village North (PVN) dining services team works diligently to provide up to 1,200 meals every day. The senior living community is nearing the completion of a $93 million expansion project and now offers residents many options, not only in terms of housing and amenities, but also in dining venues. Currently, residents, friends, family and team members are being offered meals from many different dining venues generously spaced throughout the entire 63 acres which make up PVN. While many people may still have an outdated idea of what senior dining looks like, it is vastly different from the plates of unappealing food served in a cafeteria setting which were given to seniors in the nursing homes of the past. Instead, a new wave of dining trends is taking over the senior living industry, and they are modeling their venues and kitchens after high-class resorts. Just like you would find at a resort, each venue offers a unique dining experience catering to the varied tastes, occasions and needs of the seniors who dine there. Dining Services Director Dane Cummins has worked in the senior living industry for the past 25 years and can speak to the changes and trends that are influencing senior living dining services.


“There have been so many changes over the last couple of decades, most notably that seniors want more variety and they want healthier options,” said Cummins. “Before, providers delivered comfort foods that resembled the ‘home-style’ cuisine many seniors grew up eating around their family dinner tables. Now, seniors are more world-traveled, and they have developed tastes for a broad spectrum of cuisine found all over the world. They also want healthier options, such as stevia sweeteners, Himalayan salt, grass-fed beef, wild salmon, organic fruits and vegetables and alternative cooking oils, which we are happy to provide. We incorporate seasonal vegetables and dishes through a five-week rotating menu, as well as chef’s specials and signature specials. We also offer residents an ‘Always Available’ menu so those with tried-and-true favorites can order them whenever they are in the mood for them. These include a healthy pan-seared salmon, as well as one of the most popular dishes, the Kentucky Hot Brown, a hot sandwich inspired by The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky. with grilled turkey, tomato, bacon and cheddar cheese on Texas Toast. All of these items are cooked fresh on the grill and are accompanied by a number of sides from which residents can choose. In addition to the rotating menu, the always available menu, chef’s specials and seasonal inspirations, the community offers fun weekly specials as well, such as a grass-fed burger cooked with sautéed mushrooms and fried tobacco onions every Wednesday during peak lunch hours.”


The many dining venues that comprise Presbyterian Village North include full-service dining rooms, buffet-style dining areas, full-service private dining rooms, family-style dining areas where residents eat around a large table like a typical family, a bistro, a café and two dining areas for team members. The Café offers options such as the smoked salmon kale salad with feta, the Reuben on marble rye or the French Dip. All breads are delivered fresh to the community daily from a local bakery. The Café also offers light options such as soups, salads, sandwiches, smoothies and a variety of coffee beverages. Chef’s specials take on all kinds of fun recipes, one of the recent ones being a whiskey-peach-glazed brisket over pinto bean ragout.


“When you talk about a celebrity chef, the residents of Presbyterian Village North don’t think about chefs from major TV networks or at local four- and five-star restaurants, they think of PVN’s head Chef Kevin Neff,” said Cummins. “He is their celebrity chef. He’s the one who makes them happy every day and takes care of their needs and requests. It can be challenging to create dishes that meet the dietary restrictions of seniors, like minimizing salt content, while keeping the flavor. We accept these challenges and work hard every day to ensure that the food not only tastes delicious, but that the presentation, smell and texture of the food is on point as well. The five senses start to diminish as we age, so we put a lot of effort into making sure we cater to senior’s culinary needs and enhance the five senses in any way we can.”

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A brand new veterans monument featuring the names of nearly 600 veterans was recently unveiled at Presbyterian Village North (PVN), a senior living community in Dallas. The event drew approximately 200 people to Dallas for the Veterans Memorial Dedication ceremony at PVN (8600 Skyline Drive). The brand new memorial features a seven-foot bronze eagle situated in a brick courtyard with benches and is located in a prominent spot at the entrance to the senior living community. The bricks feature the names and branches of existing residents who are veterans, as well as veterans who lived in the community over the past 36 years. Currently, there are 550 names listed, and the community will add more on an ongoing basis as more veterans move in every month. There are 110 veterans living at PVN right now. Of these, there are some who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, a gentleman who flew over the USS Missouri as the peace treaty was being signed during WWII and a gentleman who was in a horse-drawn artillery unit, to name a few. The current veterans group at PVN initiated this project in conjunction with Dr. John Gremmels, major gift officer at the Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation. Gremmels was instrumental in getting the project initiated and seeing it through to its completion.


“The community is honored to recognize those who were willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom America enjoys today,” said Gremmels. “There were so many that were instrumental in breathing life into this monument. Robert Ekblad, a veteran and resident of PVN is the architect who designed the monument. Jules Moigniez, a Frenchman who lived in the late 1800s, created the original statue that inspired ours. Linbeck Construction and some of their partners and affiliates provided much of the labor pro bono and donated materials for the project as well. Other funding was provided by private donations, the Presbyterian Village North Foundation and the Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation. We made sure veterans were included every step of the way as well. There will be several veterans and their families in attendance at this meaningful event, and we are honored to hold this ceremony to recognize their service and their sacrifice, as well as the service and sacrifices made by loved ones.”


There was a presentation of colors, and Jennifer Nickerson sang the national anthem. Remarks throughout the ceremony were made by Tim Mallad, CEO of Presbyterian Communities and Services; Dr. John Gremmels, major gift officer for Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation; “Lucky” Luckadoo, a PVN resident and veteran of WWII; and Brent Ashby, chaplain at PVN. A reception with refreshments and live entertainment followed the ceremony. The event was live streamed into the PVN auditorium as well.


“There is something about sacrifice, one’s willingness to give up safety, comfort or even life itself that evokes deep emotions of appreciation and gratitude from our hearts” said Ron Kelly, executive director of Presbyterian Village North. “I feel it every day, and I hope others remember and feel it when they look at this veterans memorial monument. This is Presbyterian Village North’s way of extending a thank you to our veterans for protecting our country. Because of their service, we have families to love, cherish, and for whom we may sacrifice. We are privileged to honor our community’s veterans, those whose memories we hold dear and those who are still living and with us today. We also want to thank everyone who contributed to the creation of this astounding monument.”


Presbyterian Communities and Services is pleased to announce plans for another monument at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center that will honor the “Bloody Hundred.” It will be the first monument built to commemorate their service. In addition, the Blue Star Memorial Marker is at the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center. The Air Force will do a flyover on October 13 for the Blue Star Memorial Marker.

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It’s never too late to pursue your dreams, even the dream of modeling, which three senior women have picked up in their retirement. Evelyn Pope, a 74-year-old resident of Presbyterian Village North (PVN), invested her working years in being a teacher, but deep down always wanted to model. Now, in her retirement, Pope had an opportunity to pursue her dream, and she participated as a model for the first time at a fashion show at Canal Clothing. Two other Presbyterian Village North residents, Kris Rose and Judy Morris, accompanied Pope. The fashion show was at Canal Clothing (6465 E. Mockingbird Ln. Dallas, TX 75214) on Tuesday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m.


“Many of our residents like to live outside of the box. Retirement is the perfect time to try new things and embark on new adventures; both big and small,” said Lisa Englander, life enrichment manager of Presbyterian Village North. “We have a lot of fun coming up with creative opportunities for residents to explore new things they have never done before. We were excited to have this fashion show at such a hip boutique store in Lake Highlands.”


“While I attended a previous fashion show, I did not model in it,” said Pope. “I really enjoyed the last show, which prompted me to participate in this most recent show. At the last one, there were women of all different ages and sizes, and they modeled a variety of outfits while the rest of us enjoyed finger foods and beverages. Afterward, we got to try on pieces we were interested in and purchase items at a discount.  When Lisa approached me about participating in this show, I agreed to do it because I thought it would be fun to pick out clothes and accessories to model in front of attendees, some of which are my good friends. This was a totally new experience for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it and would be delighted to participate in another show again.”


Pope has been living at PVN for a little over a year now, and she looks forward to the unique and wonderful opportunities for self-discovery and exploration in retirement. She never dreamed she would be modeling, yet she has her first fashion show under her belt and she couldn’t be more ecstatic. Pope turned 74 on August 23 and says she doesn’t feel like she’s grown up at all. She still feels current, loves fashion and puts effort into her outfit selection and hair, as well as cute accessories.


“I was surprised at how many younger seniors live at PVN, and I’m encouraged by some of the residents who have been living here longer,” said Pope. “Even though they are in their 80s and 90s they are so involved. This has expanded my outlook on aging and what it is going to be like. I have to say, it has been better and more fun than I thought. A couple of good friends did the show with me, and of course we found some things we cannot live without. The boutique is an eclectic store offering traditional pieces with a unique spin. It reminds me of a boho-chic store fused with traditional women’s clothing. We had so much fun, we all plan to do it again when the opportunity presents itself.”

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Presbyterian Village North (PVN) is pleased to offer residents something new this summer: a Mindfulness Meditation series featuring one-hour meditation sessions, mid-morning tai chi and sunrise yoga. Mindfulness meditation is known to improve physical and emotional well-being in addition to supporting brain health in executive functioning and memory retention. As a result, thousands of medical professionals recommend that their patients develop a mindfulness meditation practice. The series has gained popularity since its introduction. The sessions are held every other week in PVN’s chapel at 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, and are led by a mediation instructor, Roz Katz, who has been practicing meditation for 45 years. The tai chi and yoga classes take place outdoors, weather permitting. These are led by the PVN wellness team near the community’s lake and promote vitality and rejuvenation. The tai chi classes are on Mondays from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and the sunrise yoga is held on Tuesdays from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. To positively impact physical and emotional well-being through tai chi and meditation, this series aims at improving quality of life.


What is mindfulness meditation?

A Perspectives on Psychological Science study described it as “the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment.”


Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation: Reduces stress, improves concentration, promotes a healthy lifestyle, increases self-awareness, increases happiness, increases acceptance, makes music sound better by making you more aware of composition of notes, lowers fatigue, improves emotional processing, helps regulation of attention, increases compassion, encourages good behavior, helps people become better listeners, lessens feelings of loneliness, lowers depression, supports weight-loss goals, helps people sleep better, slows aging and benefits cardiovascular and immune health.


Benefits of Tai Chi: Relieves physical effects of stress, promotes deep breathing, reduces bone loss in menopausal women, improves lower body and leg strength, helps with arthritis pain, reduces blood pressure, requires mind and body integration through mental imagery, accumulates energy by releasing endorphins rather than depleting them, enhances mental capacity and concentration, improves balance and stability by strengthening ankles and knees, promotes faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks, improves conditions of Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s.


Benefits of Yoga: Encourages movements, sharpens the mind, improves balance, promotes bone strength, fights arthritis, lowers blood pressure, prevents muscle atrophy, enriches the body’s functions, boosts mood and improves quality of sleep.

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Kids go to all kinds of summer camps when they are out of school, camps in which they play their favorite sports or learn how to build fires and tie knots from their youth leaders, but there’s a special camp happening in Dallas this week, where children go to a camp led by seniors. Instead of learning how to row a canoe or play board games, these kids are learning about hobbies that seniors are passionate about – hobbies like playing golf, photography and chess. This camp is held annually at Presbyterian Village North, and it’s called Camp PVN. This camp brings the generations together, so they can both learn from each other. Camp PVN is a summer camp held in partnership with Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church and NorthPark Presbyterian Church. This camp is not only a time for light-hearted intergenerational activities among children and seniors – it was also a time for learning and sharing special gifts. At this camp, generations of families to come together and learn from each other. The senior living community’s goal is for residents to have the opportunity to share meaningful talents, hobbies and knowledge with participating children. They have a wealth of wisdom and stories to tell, and creating these family friendly events and programs provides opportunities for them to connect with the children. It’s equally beneficial, as the children come to love and respect residents from a different generation even more. In return, the residents are uplifted when they see the children exploring the world – taking in their advice and communicating their own fun stories and knowledge with them. The senior living community created Camp PVN so residents and children in 4th through 7th grades could embark on an amazing, intergenerational journey of fellowship. The summer camp aims to foster spiritual fellowship through volunteer work and opportunities to learn and explore, as well as through daily devotionals and Bible study. The camp, now in its eighth year, incorporates outreach projects, “gift hours,” craft projects and time for mixing and mingling.

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Residents of Presbyterian Village North recently celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and Irish-American Heritage Month at a social gathering in mid-March. They were certainly feeling the “luck of the Irish” with Marty Ruiz, a Dallas-entertainer who delights in performing cultural pieces and classic songs from decades past. Lisa Englander, life enrichment manager for Presbyterian Village North, plans the monthly events at the community and works to include activities that residents may enjoy from a social, physical, spiritual, cultural and thought-provoking perspective.


“We were delighted to welcome Marty Ruiz out to our community for his special performance,” said Englander. “It is so important to expose yourself to different cultural experiences throughout your life. Marty is truly talented, and we are grateful for his exceptional performances. Having him delight the residents in recognition of Irish-American Heritage Month and St. Patrick’s Day was a real treat!”


In 1999, Marty Ruiz began singing at retirement communities. He now performs music for all ages and genres. He also gives special programs with others entertainers. His music takes seniors back to their youth, letting them reminisce with all the popular songs they grew up listening to in their free time. He also incorporates other musical pieces so they may experience something new.


Presbyterian Village North welcomes residents of all faiths and celebrates diverse cultures from around the world. Irish-American Heritage is just one of many cultures residents will come together to recognize this year. Up next they will observe Cinco de Mayo, and just last month the residents went on a tour at a Jewish temple in Dallas. Englander’s goal is to plan on-site and off-site activities, tours and special cultural events so residents are constantly being exposed to new experiences and have the opportunity to learn.


“If you dig really deep, you’ll find that there are a plethora of unique places in Dallas, a lot of which we haven’t heard of that are worth visiting, as well as some really talented entertainers who can bring some fun right to your doorstep,” said Englander. “I love researching places we haven’t taken residents to see before and people who we can invite to the community for special shows. We are constantly changing things up, which makes my job extremely fun!”

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Nancy and Larry Miller, and Dub and Betty Miller, all residents of Presbyterian Village North, are proof you can find love at any age. While they have the same last name and the same wedding anniversary, they are not related and they have vastly different love stories. Nancy and Larry met on an Alaskan cruise ship in 2002 and were married on Valentine’s Day 13 years ago. Dub and Betty met during their church’s Christmas play, eloped three years later when they were still teenagers and recently celebrated 75 years of marriage on their anniversary.


Larry was living on a golf course in Florida and Nancy was living in a cute home in Fredericksburg when they started their long distance relationship. The two met on an Alaskan cruise, both ready to travel someplace new, fate bringing them there for different reasons. After meeting up a few times during their vacation and running into each other a few other times, it was obvious they shared a compatible chemistry. At the end of the trip they exchanged contact information, and Nancy told Larry that if he wished to stay in contact it would be up to him. He gladly reached out and the two began a two year long-distance relationship.


“One of our first dates was at Disney World in Orlando, I’m a huge fan,” said Larry. “It was after this date that I tried to kiss Nancy for the first time. I walked her to her hotel room, then tripped in an attempt to kiss her and almost hit the floor. We were both widowed and it had been several years since we had shared a first kiss with someone new. After several more visits and dates over the course of two years, I decided it was time to move to Texas. We didn’t discuss it, I just told her I was willing to move there so she could stay with her group of friends and family which she was deeply connected to. So I traveled there the day before the wedding and moved into Nancy’s on Valentine’s Day. This is the wisest decision I ever made. Naturally, we had Mickey and Minnie mouse cake toppers for our wedding cake.”


“Larry and I are both avid football fans, and are in agreement that if the other was not, it probably would have been a deal-breaker,” said Nancy. “Seeing as we were both married previously, we didn’t think we would find love again or be open to marrying someone else. However, we found that this love and our marriage is strong due to good communication, shared interests, maturity and compatibility. Over the last 13 years, we have developed cute traditions that are uniquely us, like eating pizza and ice cream and watching a movie at home on Friday nights. We believe that the secret to love is greeting each other with a hug and kiss daily and nightly, learning to compromise and truly enjoying the rest of the life you have to spend with your special someone.”


Dub and Betty Miller met in church during the annual Christmas Play in the late 1930s. She was an angel and he played a Wise Man. She looked down from the choir loft and saw he was digging through her purse. He claims he was trying to see if he had any competition, and was searching for a photo or sentiment from another boy. They dated for three years after this incident, then eloped to Durant, Okla., to be married on Valentine’s Day in 1942 by the Justice of Peace.


“Durant was the only city that helped young kids elope at the time,” said Dub. “After we exchanged our vows, we went back to Texas where we continued to live with our parents. Eventually we got our own place and Betty had her first child at 17, the first of three children. Even though we were so young, we feel wholeheartedly that we were the right people for each other. Our advice to young couples is to make sure that their significant other is truly the one, because we’ve noticed a lot of people settle these days and are not truly committed.”


“We met in church and we have spent many years of our life in church since then,” said Betty. “It is still an integral part of our lives. In a relationship this long you have to learn to be patient. It’s important that couples should learn how to overcome their differences without arguing and just stick to it. Love and marriage is about letting go of stubbornness and being committed to one another. After all this time, we are still a part of each other and not complete without the other. Our shared interests are a huge part of our happy relationship, having traveled the world to visit all 50 states and 50 countries, hunted in various parts together and maintained a spiritual life together. He has been the greatest blessing to me!”


“Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love for significant others, friends and family,” said Ron Kelly, executive director of Presbyterian Village North. “We were delighted to host a Valentine’s Day party for everyone during which we celebrate all these relationships, old and new. Both of their love stories are inspiring to us because they demonstrate a few things: that you can find love at any age and that marriage is a commitment that takes a lot of work – but is extremely rewarding.”

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On February 8, those who are involved in Boy Scouts – both young and old – celebrated National Boy Scouts Day. Leo Lee, an 86-year-old resident living at Presbyterian Village North, not only achieved Eagle Scout status in high school, he continued his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America for 33 years after he returned home from serving in the Korean War. Lee developed a strong passion for the Boy Scouts mission and way of life, and he wanted to continue his involvement and sought a career with the organization. During his time working for The Boy Scouts, he served in several positions in various cities throughout Texas and Oklahoma. After joining in 1955, Lee would travel from Austin to Odessa to Waco to Dallas to Bartlesville in Oklahoma serving the Boy Scouts as scout executive, assistant scout executive, director of activities and public relations, director of training and finally director of camping. The initial draws for him were the outdoor activities and camping. He was happy to continue going on trips during his career and eventually shared that passion with his two sons, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren, all of whom achieved Eagle Scout status, just like he did. Lee still has his uniform and other memorabilia that he shares with family and friends.


“I joined Cub Scouts when I was nine years old, and I will be an Eagle Scout for life,” said Lee. “The most important lesson I took away from being a part of the group is that if you set a goal you can achieve it with the right plan, a good attitude and a lot of hard work. One of the more challenging badges that I worked on and eventually received was for the bird study, which I needed to finish my Eagle Scout requirements. Knowing the level of effort and involvement that goes into achieving Eagle Scout status, I am extremely proud of my sons and grandchildren for achieving this status as well. Our family still goes on camping trips that we organize in South Fort, Colorado. During these trips, we swap stories from previous Boy Scout camping trips – like the time we fought a beastly storm on Lake Texoma and had to hold down our tent poles so they wouldn’t fly away. We recite a familiar blessing we learned in scouts over the meals and we get supplies to make and enjoy our favorite dessert – s’mores.”


The ways and lessons of The Boy Scouts made their way into Lee’s family’s traditions, values and memories. His two grandchildren recently received their Eagle Scout status. One is a senior at Oklahoma State University this year, and the other is a sophomore at Texas A&M. When asked why Lee valued being a part of the Boy Scouts for so many years, he responded that it was simply a lot of fun, but that it also instills boys and men with kindness and wholesome values. It also teaches them how to work in groups, take on new challenges, follow rules and achieve goals. He believes that scouting helped shape him into the person he is today. When he served the Boy Scouts, he said it was a true joy watching young boys and men learn new skills, see how those lessons shaped them and then watch as they chose careers based on what they experienced in scouting. It was fascinating for him to see the paths people chose and to watch them turn into amazing individuals. 


“There are several residents and team members whose children and grandchildren are involved in scouts,” said Ron Kelly, executive director of Presbyterian Village North. “It is so fun hearing them swap stories with the residents and seeing these families pass down traditions and knowledge learned from Boy Scouts. On this day, we acknowledge an organization that makes a difference in the lives of young boys and men; an organization that shapes and develops outstanding individuals.”

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Most people can agree that it’s hard living in a large, urban city and making time for the abundance of things you would like to eventually try, see or experience. It’s a nice thought to think that you will someday make it to the new museum to experience the ever changing exhibits, drop by a cultural center to gain new knowledge of other peoples or pop over to a historical building for a tour, but how many of us will actually get around to doing those things? Bill Maina, a resident of Presbyterian Village North, has lived in Dallas for more than 30 years, and he is excited to experience some new places, thanks to the life enrichment team at the senior living community, which is led by Lisa Englander. Recently, the life enrichment team planned a trip to Temple Emanu-El in Dallas so residents could see the newly renovated Jewish Temple.


“I have always been intrigued by Temple Emanu-El, and was delighted to see the new architecture that was part of the renovation project completed this last October,” said Maina. “It was a great trip, and our tour guide was insightful. She explained many details pertaining to the building and the sacred Torah scrolls one of which she pulled out for us to see. It was 250 years old, and had been rescued and brought over from Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. We learned a lot about the significance and formation of the Torah. It was incredibly fascinating. Being an Episcopalian, I didn’t have much background on the Jewish faith. My knowledge was skimpy, but I felt I learned a great deal on this outing.”


The group of residents toured three different chapels, ending up in the newest chapel where they received a lovely concert sung by Cantor Leslie Niren, associate Cantor at Temple Emanu-El. She played the guitar and sang, prompting the seniors to join along. It was an educational, spiritual and cultural experience that was enjoyed by all who attended.



“I was sought out by several residents who requested I arrange a trip to Temple Emanu-El,” said Englander. “Many of our residents have attended book reviews there previously, and one of our residents said her son’s Boy Scout troop used to meet there. One of our other residents has been a member of Temple Emanu-El for a long time. A different resident’s father was a part of a construction company that helped build the temple as well. In addition, we have a meditation instructor who came here from the temple, and leads two monthly meditation classes for residents to attend. There are many diverse connections, hence why this trip was meaningful to so many people. We plan at least two to three of these off-campus excursions each month. We visit well-known places, local tourist spots and smaller unfamiliar historical sites and museums. I’m happy that the residents feel comfortable coming to me with ideas.”


These outings provide opportunities for social engagement and complement the five aspects of wellness – intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and vocational. The life enrichment team prides itself on finding activities, events and experiences that cater to a variety of interests, ones that residents have never heard of, or have been meaning to do or tried and true favorites in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. Previously, Presbyterian Village North has scheduled trips to see the Federal Reserve Bank and its museum, dance recitals put on by students at Southern Methodist University, the Holocaust Museum, the Dallas Arboretum, The Kimbell Art Museum and so much more. Next month, residents will take a bus to see the Old Red Courthouse Dallas Museum of History and will celebrate the Chinese New Year at Howard Wang’s. The outings are either historical, educational, entertainment-focused or a combination of the three.

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Laurel Delarios, a resident of Presbyterian Village North, has been inspired by artwork – both creating  and viewing it – for much of her life. At a young age, she drew and cut out her own paper dolls and their clothes while other girls played with those bought at a store. Her passion for drawing and fashion continued to grow, leading her to pursue an art degree in illustrated fashion from the Parsons School of Design in New York. She picked up painting during this time as well, practicing it as a hobby on the side. Once she graduated, she worked in the fashion industry for her first job, sketching models and clothing for Neiman Marcus. Eventually, Delarios fell in love and traveled the United States with her husband – who served in active duty for the U.S. military – and they started their family. Once her children reached their teens, she decided to pick up painting again. She joined a group of women in Dallas and painted with them for more than 25 years. Now she paints in her apartment at Presbyterian Village North.


“It feels so good to express yourself through creative outlets,” said Delarios. “That’s why I’ve been creating art and doing crafts for more than 85 years. It’s good to explore creative endeavors, and it’s inspiring. Art gives you the chance to take something that is in your head and put it on a canvas, or infuse it in a sculpture or sketch it on pad for someone else to see. Art is about the creation and sharing of ideas or visions. I’ve enjoyed expressing myself and making art my entire life. Fashion illustration became obsolete once photography really took off, but painting is still a hobby that I practice to this day.”


Delarios likes to make oil paintings and has painted many subjects including women, still life, portraits, dancers and Venetian masks. Having spent three years studying and drawing live female models, she became acquainted with sketching and drawing the female body very well. For this reason, most of her paintings of dancers are female. She paints pictures of dancers because of her affinity for dancing and fashion.


“My late husband and I danced throughout our entire lives,” said Delarios. “We loved the energy, the music and the gaiety that we experienced while moving around the dance floor. Personally, I love the motion of dancing and the way a woman’s clothes sway as she turns and steps. I wanted to transfer those feelings and that imagery to canvas to share it with others. I love combining my passion for dancing and painting. As for the Venetian masks, I simply came across an image one day and was fascinated. I love how elaborate they are, and how each one captivates me in a different way.”


Delarios finds images of Venetian masks that she likes and does her best to illustrate them with her oil paints on small canvases. Currently, she is working on two paintings in her apartment. Previous completed works hang in her home, two are on display in a commons area at Presbyterian Village North for other residents to enjoy and others are in the homes of her children and grandchildren.


“Laurel is modest and will tell you painting is just a hobby, but her work is both lovely and inspiring,” said Lisa Englander, life enrichment manager of Presbyterian Village North. “We were delighted when she agreed to let us feature two of her works in our display case for other residents to enjoy. Artwork has the potential to move people emotionally, resonating with them on a deep level. For this reason, Presbyterian Village North schedules visits and tours of local art museums and special exhibits that come into town. We value art and want to provide residents with opportunities for outings that are both cultured and uplifting.”