Arlene Rubinson Raises the Bar for "Active Retirement" at Heritage Pointe of Teaneck

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) October 26, 2010 - Arlene Rubinson used to spend her free time creating watercolor paintings, some of which hang in her sunny apartment at Heritage Pointe of Teaneck , the full-service rental retirement community she moved to in May 2009. At Heritage Pointe, however, Rubinson has found a number of additional activities to enjoy as well, and her lifestyle embodies the term "active retirement."

    "My goal is to stay active which is easy to do here," said Rubinson, who takes advantage of the many recreational, cultural, and educational programs offered at Heritage Pointe, from lectures to the community's walking club.

    Rubinson has always been an avid proponent of exercise. She walked all the time with her husband, friends, and walking groups during her years living in Fair Lawn, where she raised two children after moving from Brooklyn. "We walked in town, in the malls, at the gym and on the treadmill," she explained.

    "Walking has always been my daily medicine, and now I enjoy doing it here at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy." The Conservancy's 46-acre woodlands border Heritage Pointe, and many resident apartments, including Rubinson's, overlook the park, offering scenic views and abundant natural light.

    Rubinson is a founding member of Heritage Pointe's walking club, which hikes the Conservancy's trails twice a week. When not walking with the group, she joins fellow resident Bill Rini, a nature enthusiast who is the club's guide. "Bill and I walk nearly every day together and he tests my knowledge of the plant life along the way."

    When her children were growing up, Rubinson was active in the community - volunteering as a Cub Scout den mother for her son's troop, serving on the PTA, and working with her synagogue's sisterhood on programs and fundraising efforts. "People knew I was an artist so I was in charge of creating the centerpieces for fundraising dinners," she said.

    Of her artwork, Rubinson said that "I always liked sketching, drawing and color. When my children got older, my husband encouraged me to take art classes at Fair Lawn's community center. I studied there for three or four years, concentrating on watercolors," because the medium allowed her freer artistic expression. "With watercolors you literally go with the flow more; it's less structured than oil painting." When the art school exhibited the students' works at the Fair Lawn Public Library one year, three of her pieces were displayed. "Visitors were impressed, and I really enjoyed having my artwork on display," she said.

    Rubinson is now looking forward to painting again when the colder weather arrives this winter. "I have plenty of room in my apartment for an easel, and lots of light thanks to the large windows." Rubinson noted that she would likely paint differently today than she did when she was younger, with a freer style.

    In addition to her art and community work, Rubinson also stayed busy as a member of the senior group at the YJCC in Washington Township. "We would attend programs and luncheons there and work out in the gym. I've always enjoyed that kind of activity, and still do at Heritage Pointe."

    Aside from her daily walks, Rubinson enjoys many of the weekly outings to area points of interest, and attends various cultural programs offered at Heritage Pointe. "The lecturers offer such diverse programs each week," she noted. "I attend the discussions on literature, popular music, art, opera, and enjoy the current events programs, too." Rubinson cited game hours as another activity she enjoys with other residents, and said she is expressing her creativity in weekly beading classes.

    "There's so much to do here and it's great to realize that you can still learn and do new things regardless of your age," Rubinson said.

    Heritage Pointe of Teaneck is located at 600 Frank W. Burr Boulevard, near Interstates 95 and 80 and near Route 4. The full-service retirement community offers spacious rental apartments, fine dining, distinctive amenities and a wide range of programs for active retirees. It also offers on-site wellness programs through its partnership with Holy Name Hospital, and home health services when needed. For more information or to arrange a tour, call (201) 836-9260 or visit

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