During the COVID-19 crisis, the Pasadena Senior Center offers many free online activities via Zoom for adults 50 and older until mandates for isolation and social distancing have been lifted.
Members and non-members of the Pasadena Senior Center are welcome to participate in all events. Residency in Pasadena is not required. Please note Zoom activities require online registration. Everyone who registers for Zoom events will receive email instructions for joining activities online.
Prevention of Stroke — Thursday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. Anyone is susceptible to stroke, but according to the National Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Come learn how you can avoid a stroke.
Presented by Kathy Eastwood RN of Huntington Hospital. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events.
Cultural Thursday: Black History Month — Thursday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. An aspect of black history will be explored. The topic and presenters will be announced. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events.
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 including 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.
Elder Abuse Support — This resource is available to people 65 and older and their families who seek assistance with elder abuse issues. Services include crisis intervention, counseling, response, case management, financial counseling, legal services, access to medical care and personal advocacy. All services are free and confidential. For more information call Aurora Duran, victim services coordinator for Foothill Family, at 626-993-3000.
Feeling Challenged by Technology and Need Help with Zoom? — 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.
Food Distribution Program — Ongoing first Friday of every month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Low-income adults 60 and older receive one box of food and couples receive two. Proof of income and California ID are required for first-time recipients. 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. Masks and social distancing are required. To enroll in the program or for more information, call 626-685-6732.
LA Opera: Music to Remember — Ongoing Tuesdays at 11 a.m. A variety of classical singers perform each week. To register for these Zoom events, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Webinar Events or call 626-795-4331.
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.
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.
Social Hour — Tuesdays from 10 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.
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.
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 by visiting www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and clicking on Blog.
For more information about online activities and other programs and services of the Pasadena Senior Center during this 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 critical services for older adults in need. Masks and social distancing are required.