Clarendale Clayton Partners with Oasis for Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Research suggests there are many benefits to stretching your mind at any age, but lifelong learning is especially beneficial for older adults. Advantages range from the obvious—increased brain and mental health, to the truly remarkable—a longer life span!

To maximize the benefits of lifelong learning opportunities for residents of Clarendale Clayton, we’ve partnered with the Oasis Institute.

“For more than 40 years, Oasis has been engaging older adults in continued learning and unique opportunities for connecting and volunteering,” says Paul Weiss, Oasis President. “Today, our network includes more than 700 partners in 33 states, and we’re delighted to count Clarendale Clayton among them.”

Oasis aligns nicely with our emphasis on the Eight Dimensions of Wellness at Clarendale Clayton. Since we know quality of life is multi-dimensional, we concentrate on multiple wellness factors to ensure overall physical, psychological and social well-being. The partnership with Oasis Institute sharpens that focus.

Physical and Health Wellness

Our team at Clarendale Clayton helps strengthen body, mind and spirit. Together we lay out a plan incorporating physical activity, nutrition, preventive health screenings, even sleep and stress management.

Likewise, Oasis places an emphasis on senior health, offering a curriculum of general health classes, as well as evidence-based programs focused on fall prevention, chronic disease self-management and peer-led discussion groups.

Vocational Wellness

Each resident’s talents, wisdom and experience are valuable, so we actively strive to provide opportunities to volunteer—at Clarendale and in the surrounding community.

Also, through our partnership, Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring connects trained Clarendale Clayton resident mentors with struggling student readers. Additional volunteer opportunities include slots for class instructors, peer leaders and help with Oasis center operations.

Intellectual Wellness

When we exercise our minds—just like our bodies—they stay in shape and get even sharper as we age. You’ll discover ample opportunities for continuous learning at Clarendale Clayton.

In fact, the Oasis alliance is bringing seven featured arts and entertainment classes to the Clarendale Clayton campus this spring and summer. All are complimentary for Clarendale Clayton residents.


Cinematic History: The Comedy Icons

From Charlie Chaplin to Mae West, W.C. Fields to the Marx Brothers, instructor Jim Tudor will explore our comedy icons with clips of their greatest performances. Clarendale Clayton #6003.

Friday, May 5 | 10 a.m. to 12 noon | $15


Symbols of Resiliency, Gracefulness, Courage, & Perseverance

Instructor Maria Ojascastro introduces Sumi-e Japanese painting techniques with black ink and simple brush strokes. Price includes materials. Clarendale Clayton #6010

Wednesday, May 25 | 10 to 11:30 a.m. | $20


Chocolate: Become a Cocoa Connoisseur

Explore the latest marketing techniques for chocolate as instructor Marcie Handler takes you on a delicious taste test.  Samples included! Clarendale Clayton #6009

Thursday, June 2 | 10 to 11 a.m. | $12


Opera Theater Preview

Attend one or both sessions, each covering two features from the Opera Theater of St. Louis 2022 season. From Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Magic Flute to Awakenings by Tobias Picker and Harvey Milk by Stewart Wallace. Clarendale Clayton #6001

Monday, June 6 & 13 | 10 a.m. to 12 noon | Both Sessions Free


History of the Muny

Stars & the Music that Reflected the Turbulent Times

Through humor and history, Bev Schuetz illustrates how the Muny Opera of St. Louis reflects the changes in St Louis and on Broadway over the past 100 years. Clarendale Clayton #6005

Tuesday, June 7 | 10 to 11 a.m. | $12


Movie Stars of the 1950s & ‘60s

Barnes Bradshaw will take you on a trip back to rough and tumble men like Ernest Borgnine and James Dean and beautiful women—from Barbara Eden to Audrey Hepburn. Clarendale Clayton #6029

Tuesday, June 14 | 1 to 2 p.m. | $12


Cinematic History: Slapstick Comedy

Join instructor Jim Tudor as he digs a little deeper into the lives, methods, and incredible humor of the greats of slapstick comedy— with hilarious historical movie clips! Clarendale Clayton #6004

Wednesday, June 22 | 10 a.m. to 12 noon | $10

The Oasis classes at Clarendale Clayton are open to the general public as well

as the residents of our independent living, assisted living and memory care community. Simply enroll online at or call (314) 862–4859, ext. 24.

For more information about lifelong learning opportunities at Clarendale Clayton and our partnership with the Oasis Institute, contact us today.