Free February Events at Pasadena Senior Center

Published : Monday, January 20, 2020 | 11:05 AM

There is something for everyone 50 and older in February at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St.

You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.

Tax Time –Fridays through April 10 from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Representatives from AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program will help low- to middle-income filers prepare their federal income tax returns. There is no age limit. Appointments are required: Call 626-795-4331 or stop by the Welcome Desk.

Living Better with a Challenging Illness – Wednesday, Feb. 5, at noon. Palliative care is a medical specialty often confused with hospice care. Palliative care addresses the medical, emotional, social, spiritual and comfort needs of patients who are dealing with serious illnesses. Come learn more about it from Dr. Abilene Enriquez of Huntington Hospital. The first 50 participants will receive free lunch courtesy of Huntington Hospital. Reserve your spot by calling 626-685-6732 or stopping by the Welcome Desk.

“Lost Memories” – Thursday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. During this short film, follow the Ramirez family as they confront the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease when Grandma Gloria begins to show signs of memory loss. The film helps viewers understand and recognize signs of dementia, the diagnosis process and the challenges a family faces before they are able to come together over this new reality. A discussion will follow the film. Presented by Kimiko Kelly, community education manager for the Los Angeles Alzheimer’s Association.

Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, Feb. 7 to 21, at 1 p.m. Watching a movie can be revitalizing, allowing us to relax and disconnect for a couple of hours. Feb. 7: “Downton Abbey” (2019, PG) starring Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville. The beloved Crawley family and their intrepid staff prepare for a royal visit from England’s King George V and Queen Mary, which unleashes scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton Abbey hanging in the balance. Feb. 14: the documentary “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” (2019, PG-13). At the height of unprecedented success, Linda Ronstadt turned away from rock and pop music to explore other genres and eventually was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, which silenced her magnificent singing voice but has not stopped her from telling her own story in her own words. Feb. 21: “Ragtime” (1981, PG) starring James Cagney and Harold E. Rollings Jr. A young black pianist becomes embroiled in the lives of an upper-class white family in early 1900s New York City, amid racial tensions, infidelity and dirty politics.

Elder Abuse, Scams and Fraud – Thursday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. Older adults are often victims of scams, ranging from the very simple to the very complex, that can happen in person, by mail or by telephone. Learn about some common and current scams and how to avoid becoming a victim of this growing issue. Presented by Rachel Tate MSW.

Cultural Thursdays: Great American Songwriters/Cole Porter – Thursday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/singer Don Snyder for a fun and interactive journey through the life of Cole Porter, whose many hit songs include “Night & Day,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “Don’t Fence Me In” and more.

Will Your Current Estate Plan Cost Your Family Their Home? – Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. Learn how traditional estate planning has failed to protect most American families, how to preserve your estate for your heirs if your surviving spouse remarries, why most family wealth never makes it beyond the Opera generation and how to ensure that your heirs never have to encounter this issue.

A Matter of Balance/Fall-Prevention Class – Fridays, Feb. 21 to April 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Are you concerned about falling? Learn how to reduce the fear of falling and increase balance, activity levels, confidence and independence during this eight-week, interactive workshop that combines discussion, video and exercise. Reservations are required: Call 626-685-6732 or stop by the Welcome Desk.

LA Opera Talk: “Roberto Devereux” – Monday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. An LA Opera community educator will share insights into the upcoming production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Tudor-period opera “Roberto Devereux,” based on the history and relationship of Queen Elizabeth I and the 2nd Earl of Essex. Amid rumors about his relationship with Queen Elizabeth I, Devereux faces whispers of treason due to an unauthorized peace treaty he has signed with Ireland, and Queen Elizabeth is forced by her advisors to confront a no-win choice between love and country.

Prepare to Care – Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. AARP’s Resource Guide is designed to help develop and implement caregiving plans for loved ones. Come to this presentation to learn more about how to assess your loved one’s needs, tips for organizing important documents, how to care for yourself when you are caring for others, availability of federal resources and more. Presented by Rachel Stone, AARP program specialist.

For more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626)-795-4331.

Founded in 1960, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and older in a welcoming environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.

 

 

 

 

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