Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

Upcoming Events

Summer Gathering


Every Wednesday during the summer months we get together at the Co-op Cafe, where we will 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 Wednesday this summer

 through August 28.

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Swarthmore Co-Op, 341 Dartmouth Avenue

Thursday Night Live Concerts


Swarthmore Town Center has organized a series of outdoor concerts at the amphitheater outside Borough Hall. Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association is one of the sponsors this year, so let's go out and support our local musicians! The entire schedule is here.

Dates: Thursdays, August 1, 8, 15, and 22

Time: 7:00 to 10 p.m.

Location: Borough Hall Amphitheater, 121 Park Avenue.

Senior Luncheon and Concert


The Chester Children's Chorus has invited us to lunch! And afterward they are inviting us to their end-of-summer-training concert. If you have not heard the Chorus, this is a terrific way to be introduced to a 120-voice chorus singing everything from Mozart to Spirituals to Queen! Both the lunch and the concert are free.

Date: Thursday, July 25.

Time: Lunch is at noon, with concert to follow.

Location: Lunch will be at the Lang Performing Arts Center, and the concert will be at Lang Music Hall, both at Swarthmore College


Take the Bus to the Concert!

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church is providing transportation from downtown to the Lang Performing Arts Center for the lunch, and back from the concert. Here is the bus route and schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m.     Leave Swarthmore Presbyterian (SPC), 727 Harvard Ave.
  • 11:40 a.m.     Leave Swarthmore United Methodist (SUMC), 129 Park Ave.
  • 11:50 a.m.     Leave SEPTA train station, inbound platform (near the clock)
  • Noon     Arrive Lang Performing Arts Center
  • 12:10 p.m.     Leave SPC
  • 12:20 p.m.     Leave SUMC
  • 12:30 p.m.     Leave SEPTA train station
  • 12:40 p.m.     Arrive Lang Performing Arts Center
  • 3:30 p.m.    Leave Lang Performing Arts Center
  • 3:40 p.m.     Leave SEPTA train station
  • 3:50 p.m.     Leave SUMC
  • 4:00 p.m.     Leave SPC

If some passengers do not make the 3:30 departure from Lang, the bus will return to Lang and follow the same route and schedule, leaving Lang at 4:10 p.m. Thank you Swarthmore Presbyterian Church!

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Senior Appreciation Day in Harrisburg


We are going to the State Capital in Harrisburg, where we will meet with our legislators, take a tour of the Capitol, have lunch, see the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and then return home.

This will be an all-day trip, and will be all-inclusive. We are asking for a $20 fee.

Date: Wednesday, August 21.

Time: Probably leaving around 8:30 a.m. and returning about 6:00 p.m.

Location: Leaving from Swarthmore United Methodist Church at 129 Park Avenue

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The Art of Relationships


A series engaging our interpersonal relationships as we age

This series was co-sponsored 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!