Name: Warren Weinstock

Age: 88

City: Palo Alto

Previous career: Real estate agent on the Peninsula for about 55 years.

Second act: Teaching art every Monday to fellow seniors at the Moldaw Residences community in Palo Alto, plus working twice a month with memory care patients on creative projects.

Have you always been interested in art? Yes, I always thought of myself as an artist, but I didn't paint for a lot of years. But it's the old "riding a bike" thing. My older daughter is an artist and gave me a box of paints again and said, "Get to work, kiddo!"

So for the past couple of years, I've been teaching these classes. Anybody can do what these folks in my art classes are doing. Most have never painted before. We work in all sorts of media. We're kind of the French impressionists, if you will. I tell everybody, you can't make a mistake in art, because every piece is your own interpretation of what you see.

What do you enjoy about working with memory care patients? Teaching art to those in memory care is really about a way to connect with those living with dementia. It's more than just entertainment for them; it's reaching people. Sometimes it's challenging, but art is mentally stimulating for them and keeps them engaged. To me, showing them how to paint is showing them how to break through a wall.

Sometimes they remember what we learned in the last class, sometimes they don't. We live for the moment in these classes.

I feel like this -- the sharing of art -- might be what I'm put here to do.

-- Angela Hill, Staff

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