During the COVID-19 crisis, the Pasadena Senior Center offers many free, online activities on Zoom for adults 50 and older until mandates for isolation and social distancing have been lifted. Two events take place outdoors on the center property with masks and social distancing required.
Members and non-members of the Pasadena Senior Center are welcome to participate. Residency in Pasadena is not required. Please note that many activities require online registration in advance. Everyone who registers for Zoom events will receive email instructions for joining the activities online.
Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Estate Administration – Thursday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. Learn about these important processes as well as how to avoid probate and why estate planning is so important. To register for this Zoom event or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Weekly Lectures or call 626-795-4331. Presented by Joe Engle, Esq.
Cultural Thursdays: Rodgers and Hart – Thursday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/singer Don Snyder for a fun and interactive musical journey through the lives and works of the legendary songwriting team Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, whose many hit songs included “Manhattan,” “Mountain Greenery,” “Thou Swell,” “With a Song In My Heart,” “Isn’t It Romantic?” “Blue Moon,” “Where or When,” “I Wish I Were In Love Again” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” To register for this Zoom event or for more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.
Personal Emergency Response Systems – Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. Do you know what you will do if you or a loved one is home alone, falls and cannot get up? Learn the latest innovations in personal emergency response systems so you can be prepared for unexpected situations. To register for this Zoom event or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Weekly Lectures or call 626-795-4331. Presented by Liv HOME.
Cultural Thursdays: Jazz Concert – Thursday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. Sam Williams, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and curator of an expansive 1960s music podcast, will perform works from his new album “Turquoise Apricot, and bassist and composer Sean Mcrae will perform music from his new album “Racer.” To register for this Zoom event or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331. Presented by Jazz Hands for Autism, a talent advocacy group that creates pathways to inclusion and employment for musicians on the autism spectrum.
Flu Shot Clinic – Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. Flu season is coming! Older adults are especially vulnerable to influenza. The clinic will take place outdoors on the patio behind the Pasadena Senior Center. Masks and social distancing are required. To make an appointment, call 626-795-4331. Presented by Huntington Hospital.
MUSE/IQUE – Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. Join Heather Lipson-Bell, MUSE/IQUE’s education director, and professional guest artists for an exploration of music from the perspective of musicians who perform great works. To register for this Zoom event or for more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.
Webinar: COVID-19 Scams and Healthcare Fraud – Thursday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. Whenever there is a major crisis, greedy scammers are ready to prey on unsuspecting victims, especially older adults This webinar will cover scams that are flourishing during the COVID-19 pandemic, including investment scams, charitable giving scams and healthcare scams. You’ll also learn about consumer warnings, safety tips and how to file a complaint. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Webinars or call 626-795-4331. Presented by California Health Advocates Senior Medicare Patrol.
In addition to online classes and other activities, members and non-members are encouraged to visit the Pasadena Senior Center website (www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org) regularly for COVID-19 updates and other timely information, a weekly blog, monthly magazine, ongoing activities throughout the year and more.
Arthritis Exercise Classes – Ongoing, anytime. Six fitness routines designed to help maintain mobility include range of motion, balance, weight-bearing exercises, stretching and low-intensity aerobics. Be ready with a set of one-pound weights and wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Some exercises are done while sitting in chairs and others while standing. To access the classes, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, then Arthritis Exercise Classes.
Themed Social Hour – Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Each week a different topic or question guides a discussion for anyone who misses socializing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social hours are moderated by Annie Laskey, Pasadena Senior Center’s director of special events. Share your experiences related to each topic or question, which have ranged from movies and TV to photography to seasonal recipes. To register for these Zoom events or for more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Social Hour or call 626-795-4331.
Meditation – Ongoing, anytime. Relax, breathe and make the most of 20 audio recordings that provide guided meditation during these challenging times when so many older adults feel isolated, lonely, anxious and depressed. To access the recordings, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, then Meditation.
Weekly Blog – Written by Events Director Annie Laskey, the blog consistently includes creative and inspiring ideas for staying safe, sane and engaged during isolation. It can be accessed from the Pasadena Senior Center homepage (www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org) and clicking on Blog.
Feeling Challenged by Technology? Help is Available – Through a collaboration with Pasadena Public Library, get solutions to technology issues, learn how to use Zoom and much more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org/libanswers.com, call 626-744-4066, option 6 (leave a message and your call will be returned) or live chat Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at www.cityofpasadena.net/library/live-chat.
Telephone Reassurance – Pasadena Senior Center volunteers call older adults in isolation who have signed up for this important program that provides caring connections to help them make it through isolation and loneliness. To be added to the list, call 626-685-6732.
Home Tea Program – If you are in isolation and would like to receive the free gift of tea and an inspirational card once a month to lift your spirits, call 626-685-6732.
For more information about online activities and other programs and services of the Pasadena Senior Center during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4331.
The center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization. Doors are open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services and other assistance to older adults in need. Masks are required inside the building, and social distancing is maintained.