Posted in Around the Pasadena Senior Center

Written by Ann Erdman

Paul Kinney

A member of the PSC board since 2015, Paul Kinney was named president in early January for a two-year term. During these past four years, he has seen the landscape for PSC change due to diminishing funding and a growing community need for senior programs and services.

More adults 50 and older, of all abilities and incomes, are turning to the Pasadena Senior Center than ever before. In addition to activities geared to active, healthy older adults, for nearly six decades PSC has been providing programs, social services and resources. Proactive wellness checks and telephone calls to homebound seniors, workshops and support groups for the caregivers and families of people with dementias, health fairs that include a variety of screenings as well as related counseling and resources, and workshops that focus on financial planning for long-term care are among the programs and social services that help address the community’s needs.

Pasadena's Quiet Crisis

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs

Akila 2019An historic shift is taking place in our country, and Pasadena has landed in the middle of it. Our community, like so many others, is facing dramatic growth in its older population as members of the baby-boom generation turn 65 in unprecedented numbers.

This year, our retiree population will grow faster than the population of young people. And next year will see the same, and the year after that.

In fact, the historic makeup of Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley insures we will see a demographic shift that is more dramatic than in many urban areas.

And we are not ready.

Scams to Watch Out for in 2019

Posted in #AgeWell

Written by NCOA Blog Economic Security

tax fraudIt is estimated that older adults lose billions of dollars to scammers each year. But there is good news—last year the Federal Trade Commission noted that older consumers are more likely to report they’ve been victimized by financial exploitation than their younger counterparts.

Here are three scams that are notably making the rounds.


Posted in #AgeWell

Written by Marty Zack

Champs Whose your DafddyThe Pasadena sponsored team, Whose Your Daddy, won the championship of the Intercity Senior Coed Softball League, defeating the Diamond Bar Rascals, 7 to 6. It was a close game, with the lead changing several times before Whose Your Daddy pushed across the winning run in the final inning. The championship game, played November 8, was in Diamond Bar at Pantera Park.

Here when you need it

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs, November 2016

Byrone SalmoaByron, at 104 years old, came to the Senior Center for his daily fix—working on a puzzle. Six days a week, he arrived at his usual spot. At the beginning, he worked on his puzzle alone, with Center members sometimes stopping to say hello and chat about this or that. In the last few years Marilyn, another Senior Center member, joined him and she would work on his puzzle too. The two of them would sit together, heads bowed over the puzzle table, stopping only at lunchtime for a bite to eat. After lunch, he’d go home. Byron recently passed away,

I am not much of a gambler

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs, August 2017

joyI’m not much of a gambler, but I like the saying about making the most of the hand you’re dealt in life. The truth is, there are no guarantees, and no promises of a tomorrow. We all need to make the most of today. Whether we have been dealing with a debilitating illness for many years, or we get sudden bad news, we need strength for this life.

I was reminded of this recently,

A few months ago, I did something I never thought I’d do

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by AKila Gibbs, May 2018

LaurenA few months ago, I did something I never thought I’d do: I boarded a plane for South Korea to watch my daughter, Lauren, win a silver medal in the bobsled competition of the Winter Olympics.

Every single word in that sentence is surprising and amazing to me, so I will go in order:

1. I’m scared of flying, and boarding a plane for that long was never going to be something I chose to do. But, when your youngest child is competing in THE OLYMPICS, you go. I did a lot of deep breathing. The experience of flying for close to 14 hours wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.


Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs January 2018

Cover Photo CROPPED 2The New Year begins and I find myself thinking about how lucky our Center is to have strong community support. Whether in our growing membership and volunteer rosters or in reaching ambitious fundraising goals, our neighborhood responds in a big way.

The Center recently held its annual “Zest” gala, which raises money for the Center to continue and expand its service offerings. Non-profit organizations, like the Center, operate differently than a business in that any surplus revenue is put back into our budget rather than distributing it as income to shareholders.

What this means is that donors, whether they give $3 or $1,000, can rest assured that the money they give to the Center directly translates into supporting the programs that bring more than 10,000 seniors annually through our doors.

Thanks I Receive

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs, November 2015

  • thanksjpgI have been thanked more this year than all my years combined (meaning, not just since I joined the Senior Center, but the years I’ve been alive!). I want to share with you a few thoughts expressed by our members; though their thanks came to me, the gratitude belongs to all of us—the Center’s dedicated staff, volunteers, donors and board members.



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Phone: (626) 795-4331
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Pasadena Senior Center
85 East Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91103