Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

2019 Senior Wellness Fair: Pathways to Senior Well-Being

This event was on Saturday, March 30, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Inn at Swarthmore, 10 South Chester Road

This is a time and a place to share ideas for making our lives better as we grow older in Swarthmore. At the same time we hope to have fun! The theme and topics are designed to benefit all who are contemplating retirement, helping parents and others who are already seniors, and those who are seniors themselves.


An exciting group of speakers has been assembled, bringing us the latest in thinking and 

planning for growing older in Swarthmore. Our featured speakers are local experts who know our community and have knowledge in their special fields that they will share with us.

Read a description of each talk, and the speakers, below.


Many local businesses and organizations offer goods and services of particular interest to 

seniors and those who assist seniors. Throughout the day representatives will be available to discuss what they provide and how their services might be useful. Many of them will be professionals who are knowledgeable about senior residential facilities, healthcare organizations, and a variety of therapeutic treatments. Exhibitors will include local senior living groups, healthcare systems, senior community groups, arts and crafts organizations, home care companies, and many others. All of the exhibitors will be available between presentations, during lunch, and at the close of the Fair.

If you would like to be an exhibitor at the Wellness Fair, please contact Stephanie McDonough.

Food and Fun

Would a Swarthmore event be complete without food and a time to get to know your neighbors? We think not.

 In the morning coffee and refreshments will be served as we get started. There will be a light lunch and coffee and cookies will be available in the afternoon. Refreshments will be centrally located and can be taken into any of the venues.  However, there will be one venue specifically for eating and socializing, where you’re welcome to have your lunch and join in discussion with others!

Register... It's Free!

Pre-registration is highly recommended as some seminars will be limited in size, and it will help us in planning for food and beverages. You may, however, register on the day of the event.

Pre-Register for the Wellness Fair

Wellness Fair Speakers


Married, Single, or Partnered: Promoting Senior Connections

The Alice “Putty” Willetts and Irma Zimmer Keynote Address

Two distinguished, nationally recognized psychologists explore the satisfactions and the benefits that ensue when seniors find ways to develop and sustain interpersonal relationships.

Julia Mayer, PsyD, and Barry Jacobs, PsyD, are co-authors of the recent book, AARP Meditations for Caregivers - Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family. Acknowledged experts in the fields of family caregiving and family therapy, both speak widely on topics related to senior well-being.

Beyond Drugs: Berries & Potions & Other Notions to Maximize Health

A thoughtful introduction to integrative medicine, an approach to complicated health issues that have not responded to routine traditional medical treatments. 

Robert P. Denitzio, MD, is Board-certified in integrative medicine. He practices family medicine in the Concordville office of Main Line Health, with an emphasis on the emerging field of functional medicine.

The Pleasures and Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering has been described as “Love in Action,” or “Everyone Helps, Everyone Wins.” This presentation explores volunteer opportunities for everyone, tailored to individual talents, time, and energy. 

Sheila Bell, MSEd, enjoyed a long career teaching and supervising in several local school districts. Currently she devotes her creative energies to a wide range of diverse volunteer efforts.

Senior Fraud and Scams: How to Recognize, How to Avoid

Senior citizens in this day and age are subject to any number of efforts designed to cheat and exploit them. This presentation offers useful antidotes to these unfortunate practices.

Chelsey Price, MPH, serves as moderator for this presentation. She is Executive Director, Senior Victim Services, Office of the District Attorney, Delaware County, and Adjunct Professor, West Chester University. Presenting with her are Katayoun M. Copeland, JD, and Joseph A. Ryan.

Seniors and Technology: A Brief Primer on How to Make It Work for You

A user-friendly description of newer technologies in the fields of healthcare, communication and entertainment, and an overview of how best to access available support services.

Dan Snyder, MA, was an environmental scientist and research administrator at the Academy of Natural Sciences. A self-taught expert in contemporary technology, he has taught courses on the iPhone and iPad for the Wallingford-Swarthmore Community Classes.

No Place Like Home: Options for Senior Housing and Care

Where to live becomes a vexing, complicated problem as seniors grow older. This presentation aims to clarify the available options and offer suggestions about how to make a comfortable, satisfactory decision. 

Linton Stables, CSI, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, was the chief of specifications for Perkins Eastman Architects, a firm with a specialty in senior living and healthcare. A member of Swarthmore’s Aging-in-Place Task Force and the Board of Directors of Senior Community Services, he is President of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association.