During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., has offered many free online activities via Zoom for adults 50 and older, and now some onsite activities at the center are being reintroduced gradually.
Registration for Zoom events is required by visiting www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and clicking on Events, Clubs and Lectures and then Online Events. Everyone who registers for Zoom events will receive an email link for joining each activity online. Anyone who does not have WiFi or an email address can call 626-795-4331 to receive a phone number to call to listen to live Zoom events.
Space is limited for onsite events. Reservations are recommended by calling 626-795-4331.
Pasadena Senior Center membership and residency in Pasadena are not required for Zoom or onsite events.
Scenic Walks Club – Wednesdays, Sept. 1 to 29, at 9 a.m. Join the Scenic Walks Club for leisurely strolls to picturesque local sites, enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise. For more information, including where to meet up each week, contact Scenic Walks Club coordinator Alan Colville at [email protected].
Heart Health and After-Stroke Planning – Thursday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. This class will provide a general understanding of how the cardiovascular system works and how to avoid the risks of heart disease. Specific guidelines for a post-stroke care plan will be covered, including physical activities and exercises, smart eating and nutrition, and cognitive and emotional activities to control stress. Key factors that affect the overall outcome of stroke rehabilitation and recovery will also be addressed. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services.
Cultural Thursday: Judson Studios Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style – Thursday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center and via Zoom. Los Angeles-based Judson Studios has been a leader in the field of stained glass since its founding in 1897. James Fishburne, director of Forest Lawn Museum and curator of the exhibition titled Judson Studios Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style, which is on display through Sept. 12, will make a presentation about the nearly 100 original stained glass pieces and other artworks, many of which have never before been on display.
Monthly Food Distribution Program — Friday, Sept. 3, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Pasadena Senior Center. Low-income adults 60 and older receive one free box of food and couples receive two. Proof of income and California ID are required for first-time recipients. Each box includes foods that meet specific nutritional needs, such as cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, dry milk and related dairy products, cereals and other grain products, and more. Boxes are heavy, so bring a pull-behind personal cart to the parking lot between the Pasadena Senior Center and the Metro Gold Line station. Opening boxes on the premises is prohibited. Masks and social distancing are required.
Virtual Writers Club — Tuesdays, Sept. 7 to 28, from 10 a.m. to noon via Zoom. Join a group of people who like to write about experiences, real and imagined, and enjoy sharing their writings with others. The club is led by Sam Eisenstein, former instructor of English at Los Angeles Community College.
Case Management – Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Do you have a problem and don't know where to turn? Come meet with one of our case managers who can assist with issues such as Social Security, Security Supplement Income (SSI) Medi-Cal, Cal-Fresh, subsidized housing and more. Appointments are required by calling 626-795-4331. Provided by the Human Services Association.
Neurology and Sleep Medicine – Thursday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Dr. Prasanth Manthena, a neurologist with Kaiser Permanente, will discuss sleep disorders from common obstructive sleep apnea to complex cases such as central sleep apnea and sleepwalking.
Chair Yoga — Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Improve balance, strength and flexibility while sitting in a chair or standing next to a chair for support during this gentle and meditative class taught by Kathy Eastwood RN, a Huntington Hospital community outreach nurse and certified yoga instructor.
How the Five Senses Change with Age – Thursday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Staying well informed about the connection between aging and changes to the five senses – the ability to see, hear, smell, taste and feel sensation through touch – can help older adults take better care of themselves. Learn how to deal with changes to these five senses, how to best protect the senses, tools to slow down sensory decline and simple actions to minimize safety and socialization concerns to maintain quality of life. Presented by Foundation for Seniors.
Hearing Loss – Thursday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Learn about hearing and hearing loss, how to optimize hearing as you age, new technology and hearing-related products that may help you in your day-to-day life. Presented by Hear Center.
Dispute Resolution – Thursday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Mediation is often a good way to resolve disputes without going to court. A neutral and impartial person, known as a mediator, helps both sides communicate and try to reach a solution to their dispute that is acceptable to them. Mediation can help resolve landlord/tenant disputes, family conflicts, debtor/creditor issues, consumer/merchant problems, neighbor-to-neighbor conflicts and more. Call 626-795-4331 for an appointment or more information. Presented by Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution.
'60s and '70s Trivia – Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Test your knowledge, meet new friends and have a fun afternoon! Participants will be divided into groups and compete with each other for fun prizes by answering common knowledge questions from categories such as music and entertainment, American history, movies and more.
MUSE/IQUE Offstage Education Workshop – Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Join MUSE/IQUE artistic producer Heather Lipson-Bell and guest artists from the MUSE/IQUE in a Minute! (...or Two) program as they explore music from the musicians’ perspective.
Pharmacy Talk – Thursday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Join a discussion about the importance of medication adherence, how to use your pharmacist as a healthcare provider and how to dispose of medications safely. Presented by Aetna.
Cultural Thursday: Travels in Southern India – Thursday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center and via Zoom. PSC member and volunteer Suresh Khilnani will share stories and photos from a trip he took to Southern India in 2018. From ancient temples to typical street food, he will be your guide to the region. He grew up in Delhi in the northern part of India, and this was his first trip to the southern region of the country.
Home Tea Program – Ongoing. Anyone 50 and older can sign up to receive tea and an inspirational card once a month. To participate in this program, call 626-685-6732.
In addition to online classes, onsite events and other activities, members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center are encouraged to visit the website regularly for COVID-19 updates for older adults and other timely information, a weekly blog, monthly magazine, ongoing activities throughout the year and more.
The center, at 85 E. Holly Street, is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years. During the pandemic, doors are open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services and other critical services for older adults in need, as well as limited occupancy in the library, fitness center and computer lab. Masks and social distancing are required. All who enter are subject to temperature screening, must sanitize their hands upon entry and answer a simple screening questionnaire. Rooms are sanitized after each use.