Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

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Gathering Place

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Eating Healthy While Traveling


Do you have summer trips planned, but worry about ruining your healthy diet? Sponsored by Plush Mills Senior Living, Carol Sweeney, dietician and nutritionist, returns to give us some tips for maintaining a healthy diet while traveling. 


Bring your own lunch or, for a small donation, have soup and bread. Beverages and dessert will be provided for everyone.

 

Date: Wednesday, May 29

Time: Lunch at noon, program begins at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Swarthmore United Methodist Church,

129 Park Avenue

SSCA Travels

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame!


We're off to Citizens Bank Park to watch 

the Phillies play the St. Louis Cardinals.

Transportation and entrance to the ballpark are free. Lunch will be on your own. (You can take your own food to consume in the ballpark.) This trip is limited to the first 14 people who sign up.


Date: Thursday, May 30

Time: Bus departs at 11:00 a.m. and will return around 5:00 p.m.

Location: Swarthmore United Methodist Church,

129 Park Avenue

Sign Up to Go

SSCA Travels

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Wallingford Presbyterian Strawberry Festival


Support a local charity fair and have some great food and entertainment at the same time! This trip is limited to the first 14 people who sign up.


Date: Monday, June 3

Time: Bus departs at 4:45 p.m. and will return around 6:30 p.m. The Festival is actually from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: The bus departs from Swarthmore United Methodist Church,

129 Park Avenue

Sign Up to Go

Gathering Place

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On the Philadelphia Home Front During World War II


Walter Albert, of the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum, will present on how the people of the Philadelphia area contributed to the war effort and what life was like in the city as the war raged in Europe and the Pacific.


 Bring your own lunch or, for a small donation, have soup and bread. Beverages and dessert will be provided for everyone.  Please note that normally the first week of the month would include lunch, but the following week, June 12, is the Annual Picnic, where we will be providing the main dish for the lunch.


Date: Wednesday, June 5

Time: Lunch at noon, program begins at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Swarthmore United Methodist Church,

129 Park Avenue

SSCA Travels

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

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Thursday, May 30

Leave Swarthmore United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m.,
return about 5:00 p.m.


We're off to Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies play the St. Louis Cardinals.


Transportation and entrance to the ballpark are free. Lunch will be on your own. (You can take your own food to consume in the ballpark.) This trip is limited as to the first 14 people who sign up.


Sign up for Phillies Game

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The Art of Relationships

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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

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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!