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Long Term Care, Part 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 insurance.

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

Date: Wednesday, March 27

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

Location: Swarthmore United Methodist Church,

129 Park Avenue

Senior Wellness Fair


Pathways to Senior Well-Being


Date: Saturday, March 30

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: 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.

Many local businesses and organizations offer goods and services of particular interest to seniors and those who assist seniors.

More information on the Wellness Fair program is here.

Register for the Wellness Fair

Annual Meeting


Association Annual Membership Meeting

Date: Saturday, March 30

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Inn at Swarthmore, 10 South Chester Road, Sycamore Room

All are invited (members and friends alike) for a time of wine (and other beverages) and hors d'ouevres as we conduct our annual business meeting. We will hear brief reports, elect new directors, and hear about the plans for the coming year.

Drop by at the end of the Wellness Fair for a time of fellowship and celebration!

Gathering Place


Opening the Baseball Season

Terry Lynch is a Swarthmore native, a Friend of Putty, and a baseball enthusiast. He writes a blog on the Philadelphia Phillies. Terry will give us an update on the Phillies' new lineup as we celebrate opening day 2019!

Lunch, including beverages and dessert will be provided for everyone.

Date: Wednesday, April 3

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

Location: Swarthmore United Methodist Church,

129 Park Avenue

SSCA Travels

African American Museum of Philadelphia


Thursday, March 21

Gather at the Swarthmore SEPTA Station at 10:00 a.m., return about 2:30 p.m.

The African American Museum of Philadelphia tells the stories of African Americans in the Delaware Valley from colonial times to now.

Entrance to the museum and lunch are included for free. Sign up below.

Sign up for African-American Museum

Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Pitcairn Estate


Tuesday, April 30

Leave Swarthmore United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m.,
return about 2:30 p.m.

The Bryn Athyn Cathedral and the Cairnwood Estate, in Bryn Athyn, are architectural wonders that can't be missed. Financed and directed by  Industrialist, John Pitcairn (1841-1916), these two landmarks (and the accompanying Museum) were built in the early 20th century. We will see the estate and the cathedral, and have lunch on the grounds (indoors). We will not be visiting the museum on this trip.

Transportation, entrance to the estate and cathedral, and lunch are free. This trip is limited as to the first 14 people who sign up.

Sign Up for Bryn Athyn

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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!