WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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clarence landry's gravelly voice and bopping body rocked an audience not even a third of his age at the student union at Boston University. The 70-year-old retired postal supervisor soloed as part of a show presented on a late August morning by the Golden Tones chorus, a group of seniors from the western suburbs who perform nearly every week at retirement homes, schools, and homeless shelters. Singing everything from Rodgers and Hart to Lennon and McCartney, they delight audiences while busting stereotypes about the senior set. That night in Wellesley, some 40 seniors discussed the finer points of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire as a Boston University drama professor lectured on what makes actors tick. In the audience was a woman who recalled Marlon Brando's performance, not in the movie but on Broadway. Compared with their parents' generation, today's seniors are anything but retiring. For some, that is literally the case, whether by choice or eco- nomic necessity. But many are discovering new passions and rekindling old ones. They turn to yoga, Zumba, and tai chi to strengthen their bodies; a growing array of learning programs to satisfy their appetite for knowledge; and one another to pursue interests, ward off loneliness, and provide support through the inevitable challenges of aging. 94 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 S T E V E M A A S writer T h e t h i r d i n a s e r i e s f e a t u r i n g s e n i o r l i v i n g i n o u r c o m m u n i t i e s Beyond Bingo A Busy World Beckons Older Adults P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F T H E G O L D E N T O N E S C H O R U S

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