WTVJ-NBC 6 Miami: Miami Nonagenarian Discovers Artistic Talent

May 25th, 2011 By Jackie Larena-Lacayo

This is a transcript of a NBC segment featuring one of our residents, who discovered her artistic talents at the age of 95. To view the video segment, see our “News Videos” page or find it on our Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWcJw3ppiyc.

Miami Nonagenarian Discovers Artistic Talent

Anne Forster shatters stereotypes of life in a retirement home

by Adam Kuperstein

At age 95, Anne Forster is discovering artistic talent she never thought she had.

In her younger days, Forster says she couldn’t draw a straight line. She also has shaky hands. But everything changed five years ago when she fell and broke her pelvis.

At the hospital, the doctor discovered she had a serious heart problem and told her what would happen if she didn’t have an operation.

“He said either you go to sleep and don’t get up, or have a stroke, or a heart attack,” Forster recalled.

So Forster decided to have open-heart surgery. And not only did she survive, but she started a new life at Miami Jewish Health Systems, a living facility for seniors. That’s where she started taking art classes. Forster’s first water-color painting was so good, her family couldn’t believe it.

Forster’s son, Mark Bender, showed the painting of a teddy bear to his sister.

“I said, ‘no you don’t get it, Mom made this,’ and my sister burst out in tears,” Bender said.

Forster takes multiple art classes every day at Miami Jewish Health Systems. She does weaving, ceramics, knitting, painting and jewelry.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am at the home,” said Forster. “It has opened a whole new area.”

These days, the 95-year-old is so busy making paintings, ceramic animals and greeting cards with pressed flowers, she says there isn’t enough time in the day.

“To me, it’s so gratifying, I love it,” said Forster. “It’s a piece of me…so people will remember it always.”

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