Playing for Fitness Gold

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Written by Liz McHale


“It is like winning the lottery. Every once in a while a door opens for you.”  That’s how David Marchant feels about the Pasadena Senior Games.  The bronze medal winner says the games were the entry he needed to move into a new stage in his life.

When he competed, David didn’t think of himself as a contender. He had struggled with his weight in his teens and twenties, but he managed to lose almost 120 pounds.

#AgeWell Socially

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Written by Liz McHale

Placeholder-Image-320x200You may have seen it in a headline, or read it in an online column. Maybe your doctor even wrote it on a prescription pad.   You need to connect with people to stay healthy.  Research shows that loneliness and being isolated socially can shorten a person’s life by close to 15 years.  It can be as bad for you as being obese or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

While losing weight and quitting smoking are challenging, making and keeping those social connections can be even harder.  Our built-in network of family and friends can unravel as time goes by.  Children often move away to build their careers and families.  As they age, some of our friends move. Others pass away. After a while, there’s no one around to hang out with or to lend a hand when we need help.


Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs


Loneliness. It’s a feeling all humans have experienced at one time or another.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently about this feeling, and how destructive it can be on our health if left unchecked. According to former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and others, loneliness has been estimated to shorten a person’s life by 15 years, equivalent in impact to being obese or smoking 15 cigarettes per day. 


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Written by Alzheimer's Association

Senior Fitness Exercises 300x240During our Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2019 last week, leading scientists from more than 50 countries reported on new research studies, including causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. This exchange of knowledge cultivates progress and innovation, and it may lead to vital answers to important scientific questions about Alzheimer's disease. Here are a few of the incredible highlights we've seen:

  • Adopting multiple healthy lifestyle factors provides maximum memory benefit and may even counteract genetic risk. Evidence is building that

Aging Well Mentally

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Ask anyone who is getting older what they wish for in coming years, and most would include staying mentally sharp and maintaining control of their lives. From crossword puzzles to Tai Chi, many activities offer the promise of keeping an aging brain at its best. Now scientists are finding that music works to exercise the brain, as well as helping to improve mood and to reduce stress.

Music therapist Alaina Hogue explains, “I think music is different in that it triggers and lights up so many portions of the brain, and this is something that has been proven by neuroscientists. I think it really accesses your ability to age well mentally, in a different way.” Hogue is one of two music therapists who teach the Pasadena Senior Center’s Music for Wellness class.

Co-teacher Juliana Frias, also a music therapist, adds, “Music is one of those things that supports individuals in aging well because it encourages participation.” For some, participation might mean challenging their brains by learning to play an instrument. Others, like class member Julia Collins, like to use their own voices. “I just love singing,” she explains. “Singing is really important for my soul.” Collins says music is fun, and she looks forward to the class on Mondays because it gives her a reason and a place to sing with people.

The class also gives participants a chance to be creative. Frias says every week they do improvisation, song-making, taking turns playing an instrument as well as singing. The class also plays games such as musical jeopardy and music bingo.

The songs involved in the games and other exercises are particularly important for those whose who are interested in memory help. Frias says listening to, or recalling lyrics involves the brain’s language centers. Hogue agrees, “It is different as far as you are able to keep those musical memories longer than you are other memories.”

Listening to your favorite music can also improve your mood. Class member Shirley Chow Rausch says, “The music, melody, the lyrics and the message that’s given help me to feel good, and I really enjoy it.” She’s been in the Music for Wellness class for three years. Frias says music also helps relieve the stress that older adults and their caregivers often experience.

Both teachers agree that you don’t have to be involved in a class to experience the benefits of music. “It’s never too late. Going to a concert and experiencing live music and actively listening is a great way to exercise the brain. When you are actively listening, you are processing more in the brain.”

The Music for Wellness class is just one of the many opportunities the Center offers to help members age well mentally. There are also classes and clubs that involve dancing and exercise, as well as writing and socializing. Researchers find they all help keep the brain active and engaged.

Pasadena's Quiet Crisis

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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

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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.


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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.

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Pasadena, CA 91103