Art and Inspiration–Lorien Taneytown
By Christy Brudin
Art has always been a big part of Millicent “Millie” Bassett’s life. From theaters in New York City to classrooms in Connecticut, Millie has been inspired by countless artists—and helped provide some inspiration for novice art teachers.
Following her recent move to Lorien Taneytown Assisted Living in Taneytown, Md., Millie is already looking forward to starting an art appreciation group for her fellow residents. She’s also found a great place to relax and get inspired: the onsite restaurant and pub that is open to residents and the general public, Flick’s.
Lorien Taneytown includes an assisted living residence featuring individual apartments, as well as a 63-bed senior living community specializing in skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy. The community is part of Lorien Health Systems, which has been in operation for more than 30 years. Flick’s Restaurant and Pub is one of the community’s unique amenities, offering an inviting atmosphere to enjoy delicious food and beverages. According to Pub Manager Stacey Buck, the Pub just opened in May, but it is already a hit among residents and community members alike, including Millie.
After growing up in Buffalo, NY, Millie obtained a degree in art and moved to New York City. She loved the city, and promptly fell in love with an actor.
“I was a sweet, young thing, and he was an Actor’s Equity member, and it was all very glamorous,” Millie recalled of her love a‑air with the man who would become her husband. After the couple married, they settled in Manhattan and went on to have three children.
Years later, after relocating to Connecticut, Millie became an art professor at Central Connecticut State University. “I was very interested in training future art teachers, and had a wonderful twenty-five year career,” she said of her work.
After retiring, Millie decided to relocate to Maryland, where her two daughters and several of her grandchildren were living. She purchased a home in Carroll Vista, a 55-plus community in Taneytown. “I quickly found that people in this part of the country are much friendlier than they are up in New York,” she said.
Over the years, Millie has experienced some minor health complications and has needed several surgeries. More recently, her children started to worry about her living alone after several falls.
Years ago, following a knee replacement, she moved to Lorien Taneytown’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to recover. “I was immediately taken with how nice and caring everyone here was,” she recalled of her first experience at Lorien.
Millie has returned to Lorien Taneytown twice since her initial visit. “Two years after my first visit, I had another occasion where I needed rehab, so I came back, and practically everyone remembered me, and I just couldn’t get over that,” she recalled.
Recently, when she returned to Lorien for her third stay in rehab, she decided that the experience was so positive that she wanted to make it permanent. “I came back again, and they all still remembered me, and I decided that this would be the best place for me to spend the rest of my life,” Millie said. She moved into Lorien Taneytown’s Assisted Living apartments in May.
Now, Millie is looking forward to the next chapter in her life—which will include sharing art and inspiration with new friends and neighbors. Her plans include establishing a community art appreciation group and encouraging visits to the many world-class museums in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
“I haven’t finished moving in yet, but I’m already thinking about how to incorporate art because that is my real cause in life—I think people should enjoy it, understand it, and learn as much about it as they can,” Millie concluded.
Published: July 2014