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12 Nursing Home Seniors Dress Up As Hollywood Stars for Calendar Project

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By Matt Vera BSN, R.N.

What could be the best thing to do this new year in a nursing home? Make a calendar from twelve cinema classics! 

The men and women, aged 75 to 98 years, of a nursing home in Germany just did that. They transformed the residents using wigs, costumes and makeup to match famous Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn and recreate the scenes and posters from their movies — and move away from their usual everyday life.

“This has tremendous fun,” says Walter Loeser noting it was a nice change from their everyday life in an interview (Google translated). The 98-year-old “Billy” from “Easy Rider,” donned a motorbike gear and said “Wow…I felt like a macho.”

The “Klassiker 2014” calendars are not for sale (too bad) but they serve as a gift for the employees and families of the seniors.

1. “James Bond” Wilhelm Buiting, 89

James Bond Wilhelm Buiting, 89

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2. “Titanic” Erna Rutt, 86 and Alfred Kelbch, 81

Titanic Erna Rütt, 86, und Alfred Kelbch, 81

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3. “Breakfast at Tiffany” Marianne Brunsbach, 86

Breakfast at Tiffany Marianne Brunsbach, 86

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4. “Rocky” Erwin J. von der Heiden, 80

Rocky Erwin J. von der Heiden, 80

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5. “Mary Poppins” Erna Schenk, 78

Mary Poppins Erna Schenk, 78

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6. “The Seven Year Itch” Ingeborg Giolbass, 84 and Erich Endlein, 88

Das verflixte siebte Jahr Ingeborg Giolbass, 84, und Erich Endlein, 88

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7. “Blues Brothers” Lothar Wischnewski, 76 and Margarete Schmidt, 77

Blues Brothers Margarete Schmidt (r.), 77, und Lothar Wischnewski 76

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8. “Cabaret” Martha Bajohr, 77

Cabaret Martha Bajohr, 77

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9. “Giants” Joanna Trachenberg, 81 and Horst Krischat, 78

Giants Joanna Trachenberg, 81, und Horst Krischat, 78

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10. “Saturday Night Fever” Irmgard Alt and Siegfried Gallasch, 87

Saturday Night Fever Irmgard Alt, 79, & Siegfried Gallasch, 87,

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11. “Dirty Dancing” Johann Liedtke, 92 and Marianne Pape, 79

Dirty Dancing Johann Liedtke, 92 & Marianne Pape, 79,.

No actual lifting was done, well…because you know…, this was done through the magic of Photoshop.

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12. “Easy Rider” Walter Loeser 98, Kurt Neuhaus, 90

Easy Rider Walter Loeser (l.), 98, & Kurt Neuhaus, 90

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The “Kalender 2014” Itself

Klassiker 2014

Matt Vera, a registered nurse since 2009, leverages his experiences as a former student struggling with complex nursing topics to help aspiring nurses as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs, simplifying the learning process, breaking down complicated subjects, and finding innovative ways to assist students in reaching their full potential as future healthcare providers.

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