Retirement Community Casts Seniors in Classic Movie Stills

Nursing homes and retirement communities are successful if they offer something more than a “last stop” refuge for their elderly residents.

We at Caregiverlist have always championed unique and fun experiences that nursing homes have to offer — from the special music video produced at Waverly Mansion, London, Ontario, to the gala opera concert of fictional Beecham House in the movie Quartet — proving that “late in life” does not equal “end of fun”.

The Contilia Retirement Group in Essen, Germany recreated iconic Hollywood movie stills for its 2014 Calendar, starring 10 of its senior residents. Professional photographers and stylists reinterpreted scenes from classics such as Giant, Easy Rider, and The Seven Year Itch along with more contemporary movies like Titanic and The Blues Brothers. About 5,000 calendars were printed and distributed to residents, staff and family members. The oldest senior participant is 98 years old, the youngest, 75.

What began as a whimsical gift for the Contilia Retirement family has had remarkable international coverage, with over 100 media requests from around the world. “The surprise is we have succeeded," said Heinz-Jürgen Heiske, Managing Director at Contilia. "As a Board, we are always happy when we succeed in everyday life for the residents and for the staff to be something special.”
James Bond
Wilhelm Buiting, 89
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Marianne Brunsbach, 86
Erna Rütt, 86, and Alfred Kelbch, 81

Easy Rider

Walter Loeser (left), 98, und Kurt Neuhaus, 90


Erwin J. von der Heiden, 80

Mary Poppins

Erna Schenk, 78

The Seven Year Itch

Ingeborg Giolbass, 84, and Erich Endlein, 88

Blues Brothers

Lothar Wischnewski (left), 76, and Margarete Schmidt, 77


Martha Bajohr, 77


Joanna Trachenberg, 81, and Horst Krischat, 78

Saturday Night Fever

Irmgard Alt, 79, and Siegfried Gallasch, 87

Dirty Dancing

Johann Liedtke, 92 and Marianne Pape, 79

Senior care costs continue to rise, so make sure you get the most benefit for your buck. While there is no guarantee of Hollywood-style photo shoots or operatic galas, Caregiverlist’s Nursing Home Star-Ratings take the top criteria from the government inspection reports to help you choose the right and best nursing home for you or your loved one.

You can see the entire calendar here.

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