For some, retiring means relaxing. Others rediscover aspects of themselves or embark on new adventures. These St. Louisians never stopped (or never truly retired) and during the pandemic, they are filling their time giving back to the community, staying in touch with friends, and staying in motion.
Former gallery owner Lynn Friedman Hamilton, 75, encourages seniors to indulge in a hobby they couldn’t during their youth, especially in the arts sector. In 2009, Hamilton founded Maturity and Its Muse, a nonprofit that puts on community events, hosts art exhibits, and offers free programs with a focus on how visual arts can stimulate memory. She invited the older artists she knew—with insatiable appetites for life—to lead classes and inspire their contemporaries. “I love the way a person’s involvement in the arts can introduce them to like people and offer a sense of belonging and, especially in older folks, a means