There is something for everyone in October at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.
Smart Devices and You – Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 1 to 31, from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to make informed decisions when purchasing a smartphone, laptop, iPad or tablet, choosing an operating system and prioritizing features and price considerations to the right models, taking into consideration software you are currently using. There also will be a discussion about senior cell phone plans.
Caregiver Education and Support Group – Wednesdays, Oct. 2 and 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. If you are a caregiver for a loved one, you may be neglecting your own well-being due to the stress of day-to-day tasks that ensure your loved one is comfortable, safe and provided for. You do not have to be a nursing expert, superhero or saint to be a good caregiver. This support group is intended to provide a meaningful time for caregivers to understand their challenging roles, learn from others and focus on their own feelings and needs.
Cultural Thursdays : Traditional Irish Fiddle in Contemporary California — Thursday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. Michael Kelly, a member of the local Irish band Sligo Rags, will present a demonstration of traditional Irish fi ddle playing and its social effect in Southern California.
Braille Class – Fridays, Oct. 4 to 25, from noon to 2 p.m. One in fi ve older adults experiences vision loss. The Braille class combines educational programming and speakers with a support group for older adults with low vision.
Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, Oct. 4 to 25, at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys the experience of watching movies and loves the pleasures they bring. Oct. 4: “Rocketman” (2019, R) starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell. The shy young piano prodigy Reginald Dwight becomes the international superstar Elton John, one of the most iconic fi gures in pop culture. Oct. 11: “Amazing Grace” (2018, G). This documentary includes 1972 concert footage of Aretha Franklin performing songs from her best-selling gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Oct. 18: “Easy Rider” (1969, R) starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. After scoring drugs in Mexico and reselling them in California, two bikers set off on a cross-country trek to New Orleans. Oct. 25: “As Good As It Gets” (1997, PG-13) starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. An obsessive-compulsive, homophobic romance novelist is compelled by circumstances to get to know the waitress who puts up with his abuse every morning and his gay neighbor.
C a s e M a n a g e m e n t – Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Get assistance from the Human Services Association with referrals for advocacy, counseling, food banks, home-delivered meals, homemaking and personal care, medical equipment, Social Security, supplemental income, Medi-Cal, transportation, and utility payments. Appointments are required by calling 626-795- 4331. This service is offered in English and Spanish.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy – Wednesdays, October 9, 16 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Receive counseling and advocacy on issues related to Medicare, Medigap, Medicare Part D and Cal MediConnect. Appointments are required by calling 626-795-4331. Presented by HICAP.
Can My Computer Hurt Me? – Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn simple actions that can relieve back, neck, wrist and shoulder pain associated with computer use, how to adjust your computer so it will not cause you pain, what to look for when you shop for a desktop or laptop computer, why it is important to maintain good posture and other behaviors that can improve your comfort while using your computer, and more. Presented by Judy Lawyer, founder of Bodies in the Work Space and a certified ergonomic evaluation specialist.
A Pain in the Neck! – Thursday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. Do you have neck pain? Learn easy and comfortable exercises to reduce cervical pain and make your neck feel better. Presented by Vincent Physical Therapy.
Cultural Thursdays: Great American Songwriters/Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – Thursday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/performer Saul H. Jacobs for “They Reinvented the Broadway Musical: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II” featuring songs from the composer/lyricist duo’s hit Broadway shows including “Oklahoma,” “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific” and more.
Wine, Cheese and Painting – Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Studies show that creating art improves brain function. Pasadena Senior Center art students, from beginners to professionals, will display their works in watercolors and mixed media. Many of the works will be for sale. Handpainted original greeting cards will be offered for a donation to the Pasadena Senior Center. Complimentary wine and cheese will be provided, accompanied by live harp music.
What You Should Know About Shingles – Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. Shingles is a viral infection caused by the same virus that produces chickenpox. It shows up as a painful rash, most often around the left or right side of the torso. One of every three people 60 and older who get shingles will experience severe pain. Learn about the long-term effects of shingles and what you can do to reduce your risk. Presented by New Wave Home Care.
For more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4331.