the palm reporter Center for Positive Aging in Lower Merion May / June 2015 Volume 4 - No. 3 Older American's Month! 117 Ardmore Avenue Ardmore, PA. 19003 Phone - (610) 642-9370 Fax - (610) 642-8873 Web - palmseniors.org PALM HOURS Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 4:00PM BOARD OF DIRECTORS Joyce Mosley, President Craig Whitney Vice President Joellen Meckley, Esq. Secretary Sharon R. Uter Treasurer Sherry Alltschuler, PhD Joseph D. Boyle George Hearn Dr. Fredrica Mann Friedman William Simon Leopald STAFF Sandi W. Stovall Executive Director Felicia Howard Social Worker Beverly Miles Program Coordinator Nancy Godfrey Receptionist/Data Clerk Israel de Jesus Rojas Building Assistant Michael Sommerville, Jr Marketing / Designer Amanda Keeney Bookkeeper Each May, the Administration for Community Living celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. This year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), the Administration is focusing on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. The theme for Older Americans Month 2015 is "Get into the Act." Older Americans Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of community engagement as a tool for enhancing the wellbeing of older adults. Now is the time to "Get into the Act" to make the benefits of community living a reality for more older Americans. Together we can promote healthy aging, increase community involvement for older adults, and tackle important issues like the prevention of elder abuse. The PALM – Center for Positive Aging provides programs, services, exercises and nutrition classes, along with health and wellness seminars five days a week for adults 50 years of age and older living in Lower Merion and tri county localities. These offerings are augmented with travel and touring excursions, craft and painting classes and seasonal special events that bring the community together for fun and enjoyable celebrations. The newest activity at the PALM is The Second 50 Years Meet-up. Active Aging Adults from the tricity area have joined our meet–up where they come together with friends and associates for fun and engaging events at the PALM or nearby locations. If you are interested in joining the meet up to mix and mingle and enjoy exciting events sign-up at www.Meetup.com/The Second 50 Year. Get into the ACT. Remember being 60-ish is not a mid life crisis, it’s a mid-life exuberance. You have 30 more years to do what you want to do!!!! Get into the Act of living, learning, loving and doing all the things you have read about, studied about or yearned for. This is YOUR LIFE …… enjoy it!!! Congressman Fattah's Staff at the PALM We are pleased to announce that Congressman Chaka Fattah, (Pennsylvania’s Second Congressional District) will have staff on site at the PALM- The Center for Positive Aging in Lower Merion, on the Second Wednesday of every month. Constituents of the Lower Merion community are invited to meet and confer with staff representatives from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. No appointment necessary. The Office can help with the following services: Service Academy Nominations, Congressional Like Us! facebook.com/thepalmcenter Internships, Flag Requests, Passports, Presidential Greetings, Social Security and Medicare Benefits, Student Loans, Small Business Loan Applications, Immigration and Naturalization, FHA and VA Loans, Internal Revenue Services, Disaster Assistance Federal Grant Searches and Visits to the Nation’s Capital. For regular updates, follow on Congressional activity http//Fattah.house.gov or youtube.com/ChakaFattah or Facebook.com/ RepFattah. The PALM Center is certified by the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), a unit of NCOA. Download your FREE copy of THE PALM REPORTER at www.palmseniors.org You can donate to the PALM through the United Way. Our donor number is 01616. THE PALM REPORTER 2 message from the director May 10 is Mother’s Day and the PALM extends to all our Mothers and Mothers everywhere our thanks and blessings upon you on this special day of celebration. To those who have had to mother a motherless child or nurture the life of one in need of guidance and motherly love, we salute you and honor you for your kindness and service. In gratitude for all Mothers we share with you this poem by G. Kenneth Dillard a member of the PALM Creative Writing Class. Gratitude Would you be grateful for this Spring, Had not you once felt Winter’s sting? Or thankful be for Dawn’s first light, If ne’er you’d seen the dark of night? Would your heart be touched by a smile, a sigh If you’d never heard someone cry? Or treasure home at the close of day If you’d never been away? If everything on Earth was good And all events we understood. No tears, no pain, no mystery. What ungrateful creatures we’d all be. None could be truly grateful for the good our Lord does, If no one knew what trouble was. Each teardrop that falls in a time of distress Can be a stepping-stone to real happiness. So don’t fret when you see those morning’s shower. Without them you’d have no tomorrow’s flowers. For above each cloud there’s a sky of blue And Sun just waiting to shine on you. WITF, Central Pennsylvania's affiliate for PBS and NPR, is offering an exciting initiative for Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA) Senior Community Centers. The project, called MindMatters, is a pilot program that delivers a monthly series of intellectually stimulating lectures by knowledgeable presenters on topics of most interest to older adults. May 13, 2015 - 12:45PM - 2:00PM The Great War and The 21st Century June 8, 2015 - 12:45PM - 2:00PM Flying The Big Jets! TABLE OF CONTENTS Message From The Director Hot News You Can Use! Classes at the PALM Ongoing Activities *Membership Form (2 Pages) Take a Trip With Us! 2 3-5 6-7 8 9-10 11 Happy Mother's Day! Sandi Stovall For our March & April Lunch Menus, please refer to our website at www.palmseniors.org. The PALM is moving to electronic distribution of our Newsletter. Please provide your e-mail address to [email protected] to continue receiving the PALM REPORTER THE PALM REPORTER 3 message from the director The PALM Pays Tribute to Our Men & Women Veterans of The Armed Forces Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. The PALM salutes those of our military members who have died in service to our country. We also salute our members now living who have served our country in various branches of the armed service; their names follow. Donald Helton Jeffery Lewis Harvey Short Angelo Branco Nathan Williams Louis Muse Walter Simcox Lloyd Gardner Louis Quate Barry Sockel James Boberson John Burton Lewis Burton David Baker Edward Ellis Bertha Johnson Congratulations to our newest members! Gene Coladonato Daphne Watson Rachelle Nocito Dorothy Sims Harry Collins Janet Brown Deborah Bryant William Sims Joseph Johnson Ernestine Holland Barry Kochman Marie Gee Anna Reimel Joseph Melchiorre Andre Merojanian Are you thinking about giving back to your wonderful community? Are you retired and would like to spend your new-found free time helping others? Do you want to meet/great people!? Then consider volunteering at the PALM! We could use your help! • • • • • • • • • • Answering Phones Updating mailing lists Marketing (flyer distribution/ calling stakeholders/ preparing newsletters for mailing, ) Refreshing and designing bulletin boards Assisting with activities and programs Lunch time helpers Calling Bingo Gardening Filing and updating files Food Cupboard packing and distribution Call (610) 642-9370 and ask how you can help the PALM. THE PALM REPORTER 4 hot News you can use! Awareness is the best defense Beneficial Bank started with one idea in mind: to do the right thing. That's why we are pleased to bring you this educational session on Fraud Prevention. Join us to learn how to protect yourself. When: May 19th, 2015 Time: 12:30PM Where: Center for Positive Aging 117 Ardmore Avenue Ardmore, PA. 19003 Have a Beneficial Conversation today. Presented by: Beneficial Bank Ardmore 20 Woodside Road Ardmore, PA. 19003 484-420-2800 Produce Vouchers Produce Vouchers will be available in early June and only Montgomery County residents are eligible for this subsidy. See Felicia Howard at the PALM to sign-up for the vouchers Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Painting Class Novice and or experienced artists are invited to join the PALM’s Watercolor Class. Emphasis is on composition and values in still life painting during the summer at local scenic sites. Students are encouraged to proceed at their own level and may choose to begin with drawing. Instructor: Sallee Rush, graduate of the Penn. Academy of Fine Arts. Class meets on Monday morning at the PALM from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. New Students wanted! The PALM Weaving Class is looking for new students to join the class on Monday’s from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. Students will work on table looms and create hand bags, IPad covers, place mats, scarfs, ties, and other wearable art. Beginners are welcomed and seasoned weavers welcomed. Instructor: Barbara Parman Bell Ensemble Interested in performing with our Bell Ensemble or Merri Notes Show Choir? Give us a call or stop in and we would be happy to sign you up. There are many more exciting and fun classes at the PALM please refer to the class schedule in this newsletter for more information. Sign up today and welcome to the PALM, a friendly place where bones don’t THE PALM REPORTER 5 hot News you can use! Volunteer of the Year Awards 2015 The PALM, its members, staff and directors are extremely proud and grateful to our volunteers for sharing their time, talents and treasures to make our organization an excellent and enjoyable place for Active Aging Adults to engage in life sustaining and life affirming activities. The following Volunteers were recognized for their generous spirits and service during the PALM’s Annual Volunteer Luncheon on April 17. We also thank the families of the honorees for coming out and sharing the day with their loved ones. Volunteers of the year: Phylinda Peters John Alvin Saltzman Bonnie N. Fay Lloyd Gardner Ann Marie Dean Honorable Mention: Sharon Bailey Carol Merrill Bright Minister Gerald Mills Jessica Bitsko We also took this wonderful occasion to say goodbye to Ruth Pillet. Ruth has been a wonderful supporter of the PALM for more than 10 years serving as the Tap Instructor for the PALM Tappers. Ruth is retiring from this position but not from the PALM. Our tappers never made it to Broadway but they did bring a lot of joy to local audiences with their delightful performances. Thanks so much Ruth we will miss you. Thanks to Bryn Mawr and Haverford College Students What a wonderful experience we have had the past several months with student visitors from the Praxis Program of Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College. Praxis is a community-based learning program at Bryn Mawr College that integrates theory and practice through student engagement in active and relevant field work. PALM was selected as a Community Partner. PALM members have enjoyed meeting with the students and discussing issues of aging and the joys AND COMFORT of having the PALM as a place for them to be with friends, to become physically fit and partake of a nutritious hot lunch including a tasty soup and a yummy dessert. The students on the other hand documented their visits, and had their perceptions on aging turned on its head. The students learned that while PALM seniors might be up in age but they are always down for a good time, a good laugh, a fancy two step or modified hip hop move to the music. PALM members were also enriched by the students’ Cultural Showcase, featuring weekly educational presentations that included such subjects as Martial Arts, history and demonstrations, Life on an Organic Farm on Orcas Island, Swing Dancing, and Desegregation in American Schools. We thank all the students and their Instructors for granting us the privilege to host these fine young women and of course James, for an eight week PRAXSIS assignment. We were blessed by the opportunity to host the students and overjoyed to meet them and to learn from them. THE PALM REPORTER 6 classes at the palm - may / june *classes with less than 5 students are subject to cancellation FABRIC ARTS Weaving Class Wednesdays - 10AM to 11:30AM Instructor: Barbara Parman Barbara is a certified Occupational Therapist and has taught Weaving at the PALM for 10 years. The class uses rigid heddle, 4 harness and card looms. This class is particularly appropriate for people with low vision or limited dexterity. Student work is sold in local stores and bazaars. Beginners are welcomed. Sewing Class Tuesdays - 10AM to 12PM Instructor: Barbara Short Barbara is a consummate tailor and seamstress who has for the past 20 years taught sewing, quilting and crochet at the PALM. Her Quilts are award winning and the student work is sold locally at bazaars and community events. Advanced Sewing Class Tuesdays - 12:30PM to 1:45PM Instructor: Beverly Miles Experienced students are encouraged to bring their patterns, fabric and supplies and sew their garments under the skilled eye of teacher Beverly Miles. Price - $5.00 a month Quilting Class Fridays - 10:00AM to 12PM Instructor: Barbara Short Create bed quilts, wall hangings and pillows for personal use and for sale. MUSIC Unwinding Mondays - 10:00AM & Tuesday - 6:00PM We are knitters, crocheters and whatever other fiber craft you like to do. Along with interesting discussion, unwind with us! READING AND LITERATURE Merri Notes Thursdays 11AM to 12PM Musical Director: Dr. Clyde Shive This choir rehearses weekly on Thursdays and performs year round sharing their musical talents with audiences throughout the metropolitan community. EXERCISE AND FITNESS Creative Writing Class Mondays - 2nd/4th Wednesdays - 12:30PM to 2PM Instructor: Melisse Jean Class is open to budding and published writers. We are creating an Anthology of all student work and will also participate in local writing contests. Price - $7.00 a month Bible Study Tuesdays - 12:30PM A study of Biblical characters and social mores and practices of the day. Price - Free Will Offering Chair Exercise Mondays & Fridays - 11AM to 11:45AM Instructor: Judy Gaul Judy is a certified fitness instructor with more than 30 years of training experience This class is designed exclusively for older adults who want to improve strength, flexibility, balance & endurance. Price - $2.00 Per Class LANGUAGE ARTS Bible Study Thursdays - 10:30AM A vigorous class in Bible study with in-depth analysis of Biblical history, interpretations of the scriptures, and discussion on the application of the Biblical principles in ones’ daily life. Price - Free Will Offering Spanish Class Wednesdays - 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Instructor: Gladys Saldana Conversational Spanish for beginners Price - $7.00 a month PALM WISH LIST Wash Clothes Grilling Utensils Yarn Dish Towels & Dish Cloths for Kitchen Lawn Chairs Fabric For Quilting Picnic Table Scissors Beach Umbrella Beads & Old Jewelry for Jewelry Class Recycled Plastic Bags From Supermarket for use in Food Cupboard Filler - Wheel Barrel Shade Plants Watering Can (Small) Plant Stand Bathroom Spray 3-Fold Paper Towels For Dispenser Charcoal Grill 10 Gallon Iglo Water Cooler Cark Stock Paper Audio Computer Cable Round Table Cloths for 6 Foot Round Table Compost Barrel THE PALM REPORTER 7 classes at the palm - may / june *classes with less than 5 students are subject to cancellation Yoga With a Twist Tuesdays - 9AM to 9:45AM ($2.00 Per Class) Tuesdays - 6:PM to 7PM (FREE Class) Instructor: Lisa Bardarson This class was created for the Working Baby Boomer. Yoga exercise will help to loosen tight muscles and relax the body creating a more supple and tension relieved body and relaxed state of mind. Gentle Yoga (At Zion Baptist Church) Tuesdays - 11AM to 12PM Instructor: Marie Roberts Breathing, relaxation, gentle stretches. All are welcome! Price—$5.00 per class Healthy Steps in Motion Wednesdays - 10:30AM to 11:15AM Instructor: Certified Trainer Gladys Saldana A Fall Prevention exercise regimen to improve flexibility and balance, increase muscle strength and enhance overall fitness and health. 16 week course beginning October 1st. Stretch & Tone Thursdays - 9AM to 10:00AM Instructor: Lisa Bardarson A moderate exercise program designed to strengthen and tone the body. Participants perform gentle stretches to increase mobility, lubricate joints & improve balance. Price - $2.00 Per Class CRAFTED ARTS Art Class Mondays - 10AM to 11:30AM Instructor: Sallee Rush Instruction in water colors and painting of still life and composition and weather permitting outdoor painting of scenes in nature A Mother's Love To some love is just a word To me it's a feeling A feeling I get every time I look into Jewelry Making your eyes Wednesdays - 12:45PM to 1 :45PM A feeling I get when I realize your Instructor: Sun H. Joe In the Fall, the class will design jewelry sets my mom for the Holidays. A mom who loves, shares, A mom Price - $2.00 Per Class plus supplies who inspires Unconditionally COMPUTER What's that? That's love TECHNOLOGIES A mothers love, but only you would know Intermediate Internet And me Tuesdays & Thursdays - 12:30PM to 2PM Instructor: Michael Sommerville, Jr. You returned that love time and time Learn how to send documents & pictures again through your e-mail messages. A perfect Possibly to much, nevertheless you brush-up for beginner-level internet users! did Price - $50.00 Registration Fee Thank-you Non-members $65.00 Registration Fee Thank-you for being there when I Introduction to the Computer needed you most Tuesdays & Thursdays - 1PM to 2:30PM For being my rock when I should Instructor: Michael Sommerville, Jr. have been yours Learn how to operate a computer using Thank-you for believing in me, even Windows and the Microsoft Office programs. when I doubted myself Price - $50.00 Registration Fee Non-members $65.00 Registration Fee For being the one person I could trust No matter what, no matter where NUTRITION But most of all thank-you for being you-my mom Weight Wise Gourmet A mom I am so proud to claim Fridays 9:30AM to 10:30AM I love you Instructor: Registered Dietician, Katie Marger Now and forever The class focus is on sound nutrition, healthy eating and informs students how to create balanced calorie conscious meals. Submitted by Trevor Duggan THE PALM REPORTER 8 on-going activities activities listed below ae held at the palm unless otherwise noted MONDAY • Art: ALL LEVELS - 10:00AM to 11:30AM • BINGO: Mondays thru Fridays – 12:30PM • Catered Lunch: Everyday at 11:45AM - $2.00 donation. • Chair Exercise: Put pep in your step with this head-to-toe workout $2.00 per class. Mondays & Fridays 11:00AM • Computer Lab: Drop-in computer lab with internet access is available everyday - (unless a class is held) • Pinochle: 1:00PM tuesDAY • Bell Choir: 12:30PM • BINGO: Mondays thru Fridays – 12:30PM • Bryn Mawr Nurse: Vital Blood Pressure check-up 10AM - 12PM • Bridge (Intermediate): 1PM Please call prior to attending. • Catered Lunch: Everyday at 11:45AM - $2.00 donation. • Computer Lab: Drop-in computer lab with internet access is available everyday - (unless a class is held) • Creative Writing: 6:00PM - 7:30PM • Lawyer: June 9th - Appointments until September • People of Color in the Bible: 12:30PM • Sewing Class: 10:00AM. • Unwinding: 6:00PM • Yoga: Zion Baptist Church at Greenfield & Spring Avenues, Ardmore. $5.00 per session – 11:00AM. • Yoga With a Twist: For people who have never tried yoga and want to learn how to gain flexibility. 9:00AM • Yoga in the Evening: 6:00PM wednesDAY • BINGO: Mondays thru Fridays – 12:30PM • Catered Lunch: Everyday at 11:45AM - $2.00 donation. • Computer Lab: Drop-in computer lab with internet access is available everyday - (unless a class is held) • Creative Writing: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month - 12:30PM • Food Cupboard: Food distribution for low income individuals. 2nd Wednesdays, 1:00PM to 3:00PM • Jewelry Making: 12:30PM to 1:45PM • Pinochle: 1:00PM • Weaving Class: 10:00AM. thursDAY • Bible Study: Interactive Bible study welcomes all – 10:30AM • BINGO: Mondays thru Fridays – 12:30PM • Birthday Party: Enjoy a delicious piece of cake donated by Viking Pastries in Ardmore. Every 4th Thurs. at 12PM. • Catered Lunch: Everyday at 11:45AM - $2.00 donation. • Choral Group: The Merrie Notes welcomes new voices and rehearsals are on-going Thursdays 10:30AM. • Computer Lab: Drop-in computer lab with internet access is available everyday - (unless a class is held) • Pinochle: 1:00PM • Spanish Class: Group A Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00PM. • Strength & Tone Exercise: Stretch & strengthen class works your body through full range motion – 9:15AM friDAY • BINGO: Mondays thru Fridays – 12:30PM • Bridge (Intermediate): Tuesdays and Fridays – 1PM Please call prior to attending. • Catered Lunch: Everyday at 11:45AM - $2.00 donation. • Chair Exercise: Put pep in your step with this head-to-toe workout $2.00 per class. Mondays & Fridays 11:00AM • Computer Lab: Drop-in computer lab with internet access is available everyday - (unless a class is held) • Pinochle: 1:00PM • Quilting: Fridays – 10:00AM to 11:30AM. • Weight Wise (Gourmet): Great nutritional information and delicious food to help maintain your health – 10:00AM. THE PALM REPORTER daytime movies at the palm! May 6 The Personal May 13 Age of Champions May 20 Cyber Seniors May 27 Young at Heart Wednesdays 10:30AM to NOON! Popcorn Served save the date! PALM 40th Anniversary Awards Luncheon Saturday, October 3, 2015 Springfield Country Club Call (610) 642-9370 for more information 9 THE PALM REPORTER 10 In Loving Memory... EDUCATION SEMINARS Joe Senatore Betty Perelman Charlotte Simpkins Diane mcGeth Gertrude Johnson Sick & Shut-In Please remember our members with your calls, cards & prayers. Minnie Johnson Elsie Fuller Hazel Wright Marie Booth Rosa Bryant Florence Fisch Dorothy Foster Ben Foster Esther Harbison Barbara Heisler Mary Lawrence Richard Mayo Eldora Smith Lloyd Gardner Bessie Gandy MAY May 7th - Safety at Home for Bathroom Bruce Johnson - BathMax 12:30PM May 6th - U Financial Group - Subject on SSI 12:30PM - 1:30PM May 8th - Mother's Day Celebration! 12:30PM May 11th - Red Cross 12:30PM May 12th - Dan Yody Caise Benefits May 13th - Start of 6 Week Diabetes Class 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, Call 610-642-9370 for information May 19th - Beneficial Bank Fraud Prevention 12:30PM JUNE June 9th - Prescription Caise Benefits - Dan Yody 12:30PM June - Father's Day Celebration THE PALM REPORTER 11 take a trip with us! Please check off the trips you’d like to take in the checkbox to the left of each trip.. Fill out the sign-up form below. Remove and turn in this sheet with payment at the front desk. Or mail check or money order to PALM, 117 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore, PA. 19003 New Hope Shopping St. Michael's Island Flemington, NJ & Western Railroad Train Ride! Shopping at Liberty Outlets and Lunch July 11, 2015 Chesapeake MD Boat Ride Cost - $105.00 August Date to be Determined Men's Group Lunch June 18th, 2015 Golden Corral Lancaster, PA. Cost - $20.00 TRIP REGISTRATION First Name: Middle Initial: Last Name: Suffix: Address 1: Address 2: City: State: Home Phone #: Mobile Phone #: Amount Enclosed: E-Mail Address: Name on Credit Card: CSV # (On Back of Card):: Card #: Expiration Date: ZIP Code: Positive Aging in Lower Merion 117 Ardmore Avenue Ardmore, PA. 19003 (610) 642-9370 Website - www.palmseniors.org NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID Permit #129 Wayne, PA. 19087 Time Dated Material - Please Deliver Promptly Or Current Resident OUR MISSION: To assist adults, 50 years of age and older, to maintain a healthy, satisfying quality of life by providing services and activities in a nurturing environment that enables them to function more independently in the community. The center is an advocate for unmet needs of senior citizens and a repository of information to assure them their rights, benefits and opportunities. The PALM is a gathering place where aging is celebrated every day.
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