What are you grateful for?

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs, October 2014

giftWhat are you grateful for?

While you think about that, I can tell you my answer: my work and the people at the Pasadena Senior Center.

No other job has given me more than I can give back in return. No other job has made me take stock of my life. And that’s because I enjoy the wisdom,

Second Act

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs, October 2017

accountantsecond act n. Something people devote their lives to later in life, after retiring or quitting their original occupation.

The thing about second acts is, you may not see them coming,

Thank You Cynthia!

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akla Gibbs, April 2016

Cynthia 1“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you were one of the 1,300 people who attended the Pasadena Senior Center’s Annual Conference on Healthy Aging on April 2, a free event offering workshops on various topics to help those 50 and older live their best life, then you have Cynthia to thank.

If you were one of the thousands of people who competed in the Pasadena Senior Games, participating in any of the 28 athletic events for men and women age 50 and above, then you have Cynthia to thank.

If you ever attended the Center’s Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners, Easter Brunches, July 4th picnics, or any of the myriad special events we offer, then you have Cynthia to thank.

Cynthia Rosedale, a respected employee

My Challenge to You

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs, January 2017

26 x 22“If I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn't there, I never really lost it to begin with.”
--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,

Looking forward to 65

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs, July 2016

dorothy shoesIt’s official. I turn 65 years old next month.

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:

From Aerospace Engineering to "Al the Music Man"

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs, May 2017

chessIf you regularly come to the Center on Thursdays, you will know what I’m talking about. You might be rushing to play “loteria” with the Latino Club or eager to win a hand at the soon-to-be starting pinochle card game. You might be itching to try your “feet” at the open line dancing class. Then you hear it: keyboard music coming from the lobby area. With a Latin flair, the music would sometimes stay with you all day. People would be gathered around the keyboard player, some of them singing along, some dancing. There would be laughter, and you’d find yourself walking in rhythm with the music.

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.

Changing the Course of a LIfe

Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs, April 2016

French Teacher“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.”—Japanese proverb

One day, a teacher at my high school told me I should join the National Speech and Debate Association. As a “military brat” whose family moved all over the country I was new at this school, had no idea what this entailed, and had never given a speech in my life. I was perpetually the “new kid” at school—I never fit in, had few friends, and usually ate lunch by myself. Yet, remarkably, this teacher had noticed me and one day said, “you’re good at English and history. I know you can do this. You should absolutely join.”


Posted in Messages from Akila

Written by Akila Gibbs, January 2016

Red LadyYes.

It’s just three letters, but when you embrace what it truly means to live from a place of “yes,” you open yourself up to life’s incredible opportunities.

I’ve been listening to interviews with TV mogul Shonda Rhimes about her new book, called “Year of Yes; How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person,” wherein she outlines the undertaking of her personal transformation in a year’s time. What I love about her

How to Stop the Elderly Suicide Epidemic

Posted in #AgeWell


Depression smIs suicide in elderly populations a major concern?

Yes, it’s a huge concern. It must be better addressed.
Adults aged 65 and older have a high rate of suicide. Those 85 and older have the highest rate of suicide among adults. This may come as a surprise to many people. While great steps have already been taken to help seniors, I believe we can do more.

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Phone: (626) 795-4331
Fax: (626) 577-4235
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Email: info@pasadenaseniorcenter.org

Pasadena Senior Center
85 East Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
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