Eldergivers has just published its first art book and it's a beauty! Berthe Baron: Recollections of An Ordinary Woman is filled with wonderful artwork as well as insights into a long and eventful life as a Holocaust survivor.
This book makes a great gift – to yourself, to an elder parent, to a younger friend who might be thinking of an art or teaching career. If you wish to purchase copies of Berthe Baron’s book, at $30.00 each, please call 415.441.2650 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berthe Baron: Recollections of An Ordinary Woman
You may purchase the book
for $30 by contacting Eldergivers at 415.441.2650 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Excerpt from Introduction by Gisele Huff:
My mother became an artist when she was 89 years old while recovering from a debilitating and frightening hospital stay that left her unable to return to assisted living. Instead, she took up residence at Nobis Care Homes in San Bruno, California, a long-term care facility that participates in Eldergivers’ Art With Elders program.
During the course of four years and working almost every week, my mother produced over 90 water colors under the caring and patient tutelage of John Kuzich, her Art With Elders teacher. A number of them are included in this book which is a tribute to her courage, her spirit, and what it means to find a purpose when your body betrays you and your life becomes depressingly circumscribed.
Embracing Art and Aging: A Story of Transformation
You may purchase the book
for $15 by contacting Eldergivers at 415.441.2650 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction by Betty Rothaus, Director of the Art Program at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living
Beatrice Meyer was an extraordinary student
who traveled an enormous distance during the five
years I had the privilege of working with her. Her
inspirational story provides a close-up look at how
art can transform our lives and what it takes to
rekindle our creative spark. This evolution in turn
transformed her son’s understanding of her and
their relationship to each other in profound ways.
ELDERGIVERS published a series of paper-bound books titled Nine Lives: Uncovering the Wealth of Life Stories Within Our Nursing Homes. There are still a few copies of Volumes 1 and 2 available for purchase for only $7 (discounted from $20). If you would like to purchase a book, please call 415.441.2650 or e-mail email@example.com.
The writers interviewed these elder men and women over the course of months and, at the end of that process, produced manuscripts that capture the essence and highlights of their subjects’ lives. Nine Lives is creative nonfiction writing in which the writer’s voice is an integral part of the story and the outcome is both objective and subjective.
The Nine Lives accounts are meant to be an interesting “read,” but they are also meant to illustrate the potential of meaningful relationships that can be made with nursing home residents and to move readers to visit a nearby home for that purpose.
Excerpts from Nine Lives:
“I know that Dr. Ruth Fleming made a successful career as a surgeon and that she traveled widely giving talks on her area of specialization. I understand that she was a highly respected doctor and one of the first female surgeons in the country. And yet, I’ve learned all of this second hand. During the first few weeks, Ruth tells me nothing about her professional life. In fact, each time I broach the subject, she intentionally steers away from it. I decide that her reticence stems from humility; perhaps Ruth doesn’t want me to think her overly proud of her own accomplishments.”
— Lilli Antonoff in her narrative about Dr. Ruth Fleming
at Hayes Convalescent Hospital in San Francisco, California
Volume 1 of Nine Lives
“How did I get from telling how Mildred’s days were filled with work and service (the two of them not far apart from each other) to all of the examples of giving? I think because as I got to know Mildred’s parents through her tales, how much they had and to what ends they spent the fruits of their labor, I came to understand her family worked so that they could provide not just for the immediate family but also for anyone else in any kind of need. There was a sense in Mildred’s tale that where she came from, who she was was a community in which everyone knew very well how much they needed each other.”
— Cleavon Smith in his story of Mildred Harris