Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

Upcoming Events




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:

Every Monday at 1:00 p.m.

Every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. 

and at 10:00 a.m.

Every Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

Mah Jongg

Come and play Mah Jongg with your neighbors.

Date and Time:

Every Friday at 10:00 a.m.


Experienced and new canasta players are welcomed! Come and learn how to play, or build your skills and meet your neighbors.

Date and Time:

Every Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue



Needle Crafts and Others...

Bring your needlework or other crafts to work alongside others.


Date: Every Monday.

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue

Lunchtime Program


Tax Time: Be Prepared!


Kathleen Peterson and Michele Hall join us to remind us of what we need to have on hand as tax time rolls around. Representing AARP's Tax Aid Program, they will tell us about available assistance to seniors and others.

We will provide lunch, including beverages and dessert, for everyone.

Date: Wednesday, December 4
Time: Lunch is at 12:00 noon. Program begins at 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Gathering Place, Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue

There will be no programs on Wednesday, November 27, as we prepare for Thanksgiving.

Friday Friends


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: Every Friday

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Swarthmore Co-Op, 341 Dartmouth Avenue

Holiday Open House


Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy warm beverages and treats as we celebrate our new space at The Gathering Place. There will be displays and take-away information on all our programs. This will be a great stopping (and warming) spot for your Home for the Holidays outing in downtown Swarthmore. Visit all the merchants and other attractions in town and then come see us!

Date: Saturday, December 7

Time: 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Location: The Gathering Place, 129 Park Avenue (Swarthmore United Methodist Church)

SSCA Travels


Peddlers' Village

Peddlers' Village near New Hope, has a large and varied assortment of specialty shops perfectly suited for your holiday shopping needs. We will have lunch in one of the restaurants in the Village.

Date: Thursday, December 12

Time: Depart at 9:30 a.m. from the Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue. We will return around 4:00 p.m.

A non-refundable registration fee of $10 is requested. Registration is required.

Trips in 2020 will include a January trip to tour Lincoln Financial Field; February to the National Constitution Center; March, a cooking (or other) experience; April to Winterthur. Exact dates and itineraries are yet to be established.

Lunchtime Program


The Great Cookie Contest!

If you think your holiday cookies are the best around, here's your chance to prove it. Bring a batch of your cookies and all of us will be the judges! Make those cookies small so the judges can try every one of them!

Bring your own lunch (in addition to cookies). We will provide beverages and dessert for everyone.

Date: Wednesday, December 11

Time: Lunch is at 12:00 noon.

Location: The Gathering Place, Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue

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Past Events

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!

Weekly Lunch Programs


2018-19 Program Year

The Gathering Place is every Wednesday durng 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.

Day Trips


Brandywine River Museum of Art

Chadd's Ford, PA

Herr's Snack Factory

Nottingham, PA

American Museum of the Helicopter

West Chester, PA

Grounds for Sculpture

Princeton, NJ

Phillies Baseball Game

Philadelphia, PA

Tour the State Capitol and State Museum

Harrisburg, PA

Movie Night


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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
Swarthmore community!

A Community Concert


A Swarthmore Valentine!

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.

The Art of Relationships


A series engaging our interpersonal relationships as we age

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.

The Art of Parent/Adult Child Relationships

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.

The Art of Being a Grandparent, Aunt, or Uncle

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.

The Art of Friendship

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. 

The Art of Being a Spouse/Partner

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. 

The Art of Being a Leader and a Follower

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.  

Letting Go, Letting Come


A Special Summer Series

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!