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.
Written by Akila Gibbs
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.
Written by AKila Gibbs, May 2018
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.
Written by Akila Gibbs January 2018
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.
Written by Akila Gibbs, October 2017
The thing about second acts is, you may not see them coming,
Written by Akila Gibbs, August 2017
I was reminded of this recently,
Written by Akila Gibbs, May 2017
Al, “the Music Man,” had been a piano man when he was younger, and kept it up while working his regular day jobs in aerospace engineering at Cal Tech and JPL. But sometime after he retired from his job, he heard someone playing the keyboard, got a book, and taught himself. Like all good musicians, his next move was to line up a steady gig, with an appreciative audience. That’s where the Center and our members came in.
“I just loved the diversity,” Al told me.
Written by Akila Gibbs, January 2017
--Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz
I’ve always loved this movie, and this is one of my favorite lines. The beginning of a new year makes me stop to assess my life and reflect on where I want to be in 12 months,
Written by Akila Gibbs, November 2016
Written by Akila Gibbs, July 2016
Reaching this milestone means I am an “Older American.” It can’t be denied: I will soon join the ranks of seniors across the nation, and become a card-carrying member of the Medicare-eligible.
I welcome this birthday enthusiastically, and I'll tell you why: