In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community, SSCA is following the direction of health authorities and suspending all group activities (of all sizes of groups) until May 31, at which time the Board will reassess the situation and determine how to proceed. Recurring events are suspended, and other events are cancelled or postponed.
Needle Crafts and Others...
Bring your needlework or other crafts to work alongside others.
Date: Normally every Monday, suspended until after May 31.
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue
The Restaurant School
at Walnut Hill College POSTPONED
Tour the school and then experience the lunchtime fare prepared by the students. Bus leaves at 10:00 a.m. Included in the trip is transportation, ticket for the tour, and lunch.
This event will be rescheduled.
Thursday, April 23, We will experience The Universal Sphere at Comcast Center, and then go for lunch nearby. We will travel on SEPTA and by foot.
This event will be rescheduled.
Thursday, May 21, We're heading to Winterthur to see the house, museum, and gardens. We will see the exhibition "Re-Vision 20/20: Through a Woman's Lens," celebrating the 100th anniversary year of the 19th amendment. Learn more about Winterthur's lady of the house, Ruth Wales du Pont. Lunch will be on site or nearby.
This event will be rescheduled.
The Restaurant School trip and the Winterthur trip are full. Please sign up for another trip.
Experienced and new bridge players are welcomed! Come and learn how to play, or build your skills while meeting your neighbors. Tuesday's bridge group includes an instructor.
Dates and Times: Suspended until May 31.
Normally every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
and at 10:00 a.m.
Normally every Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Come and play Mah Jongg with your neighbors.
Date and Time:
Normally every Friday at 10:00 a.m., suspended until May 31.
Experienced and new canasta players are welcomed! Come and learn how to play, or build your skills and meet your neighbors.
Date and Time:
Normally every Friday at 10:30 a.m. suspended until May 31.
Location: The Gathering Place, 129 Park Avenue
The State of the Borough
Marty Spiegel, Mayor of Swarthmore and
SSCA Member, will join us to give us an update on all things happening in Swarthmore! Here the Mayor is shown in one of his other roles, as cooking teacher at the Farmer's Market.
Bring your own lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided for everyone.
This event will be rescheduled.
At the Co-op
Every Friday we get together at the Co-op Cafe, where we have refreshments and share conversation. There's no agenda and no program. Come as you are for an hour or so of social time!
Date: Normally every Friday, this is suspended until after May 31.
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Swarthmore Co-Op, 341 Dartmouth Avenue
Benefits and Challenges
This year’s Senior Wellness Fair will be rescheduled for Fall 2020, and will cover the many advantages of being older, while recognizing and helping us deal with some of the challenges that also accompany this stage of life. 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 experts who know our community and have knowledge in their special fields that they will share with us.
Keynote: The Issues to Watch For in the 2020 Elections
Joanne Grossi, President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Older and Wiser: Issues for Your Gender
Family Caregiving with Brian Duke MHA, MBE.
Spirituality and Growing Older with Lydia Muñoz M.Div., interim pastor of Swarthmore United Methodist Church, and James F. McIntire M.Div., Esq., pastor of Royersford United Methodist Church.
Move Your Body! with Easy Self Defense facilitated by Mike Wagner; Chair Yoga led by Ann MacMullan as will Balance.
Let’s Bring it Home: Senior Housing in Swarthmore. Beth Murray will present on Mixed-Use Downtown Residences, and Lynn Gaffney will speak on Co-Housing. Marty Spiegel, Mayor of Swarthmore, will facilitate a discussion.
Attendance is free. Advance registration is recommended, but not required.
There's much the Association does to help improve life in our community. Below are several examples of events that were sponsored (sometimes in partnership with other organizations) that give a picture of the range of these activities. If you have an idea for such a program or series, let us know!
Lunch programs at The Gathering Place are every Wednesday during the academic year, starting at noon at 129 Park Avenue. Programs for 2018-19 were:
Sept 12 School Days Memories: We remembered our own school days, sharing a school photo, yearbook, or memento.
Sept 26 Lifelong Learning: two local programs that offer opportunity for lifelong learning, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Widener University and Wallingford Swarthmore Community Classes.
Oct 3 Lifelong Teaching goes hand in hand with learning. John Alston of Chester Children’s Chorus, and Patrick Lewis of the Delaware County Literacy Council spoke about how we can share our time and talents by teaching others.
Oct 10 James Verdi of Houseplant Hospital spoke about how to transition our gardens to the new season.
Oct 17 Food as Medicine with Carol Sweeney, dietician and nutritionist, guiding us in how to use chose food to improve our health.
Oct 24 Soup Sample and Recipe Exchange sampling soups from other members.
Nov 7 Armistice Day at 100, a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Nov 14 Have Card, Will Travel as staff members on hand from State Rep. Leanne Kreuger-Branekey’s office explained the new Real ID and signed us up for our SEPTA Key Card.
Nov 28 Give Peace a Chance, with Judith Trustone speaking about her Global Kindness Revolution
Dec 5 A New School in Haiti, Zu de Gain returns to update us on the school she is helping to build in Haiti.
Dec 12 Holiday Music! with the Silvertones and a reappearance of the fabulous Goldentones!
Dec 19 A Flood of Books! An Icelandic tradition, called Jolabokaflod, or “Christmas Book Flood,” we had a book exchange.
Jan 9 Chair Yoga is for Everyone Breathe Om Yoga from Wellness on Park will join us for a session showing how dhair yoga can change our life.
Jan 16 Have Fun at the YMCA Eleanor Johnson, Business Development Director at Community YMCA, will share information about the Community YMCA programs for senior citizens at the Y's in Ridley and Lansdowne. Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit are two programs designed to keep Seniors active and healthy.
Jan 23 Making a Difference in Chester Reverend Zuline Wilkinson, Director of Chester Eastside, will join us to share their mission and work in our neighboring community.
Jan 30 African American History Join us for a program honoring African American History Month.
Feb 6 Take A Few Steps Bill Foster will share about A Few Steps programs and give us suggestions on reducing our own carbon footprints.
Feb 13 Recycle Better Sara Nelson, Director of Recycling for Delaware County Solid Waste Authority, will share with us what has changed in the recycling industry in the past year. She’ll also give us tips on how we can be better recyclers.
Feb 20 Building a Better College Greg Brown, Vice President for Finance and Administration at Swarthmore College, will give us an update on construction activity on Swarthmore College’s campus, and what lies ahead.
Mar 6 Downsizing Linton Stables takes on this daunting topic with humor, acknowledging that it can be a painful task.
Mar 13 Aging-in-Place Progress Report Bill Davis, Chair of our Aging-in-Place Committee, will update us on what has been done and what remains to be done to make our community aging-friendly.
Mar 20 Long Term Care: Session 1:How to make your long term care insurance work for you Expert Ann O’Rourke addresses issues around long term care insurance.
Mar 27 Long Term Care: Session 2: Planning for the future without long term care insurance Ann O’Rourke continues on this topic for those who choose not to get LTC.
Apr 3 Take Me Out to the Ballgame! Terry Lynch, local enthusiast, will give us an update on the Phillies new line up as we celebrate opening day!
Apr 10 Spring Recipe Swap Bring a sampling of your favorite spring dish - warm or cold. Don’t forget your recipe to share!
Apr 17 Restaurant Menus of Old Take a virtual gustatory tour of past menus from the 19th to mid-20th centuries with Louise Coffin. Your taste buds and your wallet will never seem the same!
Apr 24 Nick’s House Cheryl Colleluori, President of HEADstrong, will tell us about Nick’s House in Swarthmore which gives families coming to Philadelphia for medical treatment a place to stay.
May 1 Swarthmore College Today
Greg Brown, VP for Finance and Administration, fills us in on what’s happening at the College and what’s planned.
May 8 Andrew Wyeth’s World Bob Brooke will present his lecture “Andrew Wyeth’s World.” Mr. Brooke holds a MFA degree in painting and taught art for 14 years. He has studied Andrew Wyeth in depth. He also teaches a class on the Wyeths for the WSCC.
May 15 An Introduction to Tai Chi SSCA Member Nancy Daniel teaches Tai Chi locally. Nancy will lead an interactive session of this ancient Chinese art.
May 22 Trolleys and the Development of the American City Bob Brooke turns his attention to urban transportation developments in the 19th and 20th centuries.
May 29 Eating Healthy While Traveling! Sponsored by Plush Mills Senior Living, Carol Sweeney, dietician and nutritionist, returns to give us some tips for maintaining a healthy diet while traveling.
Jun 5 World War II on the Home Front Walter Albert, of the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum, will present on how the people of the Philadelphia area contributed to the war effort.
Jun 12 Annual Association Picnic at the Swarthmore Swim Club.
Summer Gatherings happen every Wednesday afternoon at Swarthmore Co-op Cafe from June through August. These are informal, unprogrammed get-togethers to chat and have a good time.
Chadd's Ford, PA
West Chester, PA
Experience this 1923 silent film classic as it was originally seen, with live accompaniment by Swarthmore College’s Andrew Hauze, organist. Pre-Halloween fun for the entire
The people of Swarthmore and surrounding areas love to make music, and what inspires more (or better) music than Love itself? Love songs will be performed by several musical groups in town, including community choruses, bands, church choirs, and others.
This series was co-sponsored in 2018 by Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (SPC) and the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association (SSCA) to appeal to all adults, especially those whose lives are changing because their children are grown, they are nearing retirement or are recently retired, and any who find themselves in a period of change. At these times in life the value of our relationships seem to become more apparent, while also evolving into something new.
Dr. Julie Mayer, Psy.D. was our facilitator. She is a clinical psychologist who has been counseling individuals and couples for almost 25 years. Dr. Mayer has a private practice in Media, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in women’s issues, including caregiving and other relationship concerns. She and Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. have written previously together for WebMD and HealthCentral and are the co-authors of the new book, AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family (Da Capo, 2016). Drs. Mayer and Jacobs have been married for 25 years and have two adult children.
Once you were a child, and now you're an adult. The same may be true of your own children. How does that change your relationship? How do you change to meet the new circumstances. How can you be the best adult child, or parent to an adult child? This program was on October 10.
They're not your kids, but you have a vested interest, right? What's the best way to show that interest, and how do you go about developing the kind of relationship you want to have with your grandchildren, nieces, and nephews? And what about their parents? This program was on October 24.
Different than a spouse or partner, more personal than an acquaintance, friendships are those relationships that form community around us and help keep us grounded. How does a friendship shape who we are? In what ways do our friendships change as we grow older? Is it even possible to make new friends as adults? This program was on November 7.
Raising a family (if that is what you did) requires certain divisions of labor and patterns of life to be successful. Families without children also fall into routines and patterns that serve them well. But changes in life often interrupt those patterns and may call into question the relationship itself. What to do? How can we strengthen our marital/partnership relations in a time when we may need to depend on them as never before? This program was presented on November 14.
From childhood the pressure is on: Be a leader! But how does one do that, especially at a later stage of life. And what about the other part of the equation of the human condition, the follower, without whom there would be no leaders? This program was presented on November 28.
This series, presented Summer of 2018, engaged the practical and spiritual experiences of aging
A collaborative effort of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church and Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association, this series is designed specifically for those nearing retirement or recently retired, who find themselves in a period both of letting go and letting come. It starts earlier than we think: the kids leave home and suddenly there are empty rooms. And yet... an empty room holds so many possibilities.
It is a time in which there is much opportunity to let come new experiences of life. We will invite speakers to help us explore the practical and deeply spiritual conversations you are engaging in during this time of your life; those that are difficult and those that hold promise. Letting go of kids as they move to college and beyond and letting come new opportunities for spending time. Letting go to downsize and letting come renewed discernment for what matters in this time of life. Letting go of loved ones and letting come the creation of an identity that is shaped differently than you might have once expected.
Each session is on a topic that concerns us as we age, and the sessions are not dependent on one another. Come to one, two, or all of them as your schedule allows. The five sessions are:
Downsizing was presented by Linton Stables on May 30.
Having Difficult Conversations was presented by the Rev. Joyce Shin on June 13.
Our Life After A Death was presented by Natalia Volz on June 27.
Embracing a New Life was presented by Ellen Monsees on July 11.
Letting Go on Both Ends was presented by Barry Jacobs and Julie Mayer on July 25.
A new series is being presented this Fall. (See above.) We hope you will join us!