On Thursday, Nov. 5, the Pasadena Senior Center will be hosting a “Mind and Body Connection” webinar to discuss the topic of stress and how it affects your body.
This is just one day after National Stress Awareness Day, Wednesday, Nov. 4, which Carol Spiers, chair of the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), started in 2016 to highlight the importance of workplace and personal stress management, well-being, and performance.
Worldwide, ISMA advocates for an International Stress Awareness Week from around the world meet for a week of panel discussions, keynote presentations, and networking. This year, the weeklong event is online, featuring broadcasts and webinars focusing on how stress and mental health problems, and the challenges they present, are more acute now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Mind and Body Connection,” the virtual event hosted by the Pasadena Senior Center, will be presented by Amanda Berger, client care coordinator at Home Instead Senior Care in Pasadena.
Berger received her bachelor of science degree in food and nutrition from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 and her master of science degree in gerontology from USC in 2020. Her background entails administration, customer service, hospice, and suicide prevention. With her family impacted by dementia, Berger considers quality in-home care as something that deeply resonates with her. She is enthusiastic about supporting older adults and their families as a client care coordinator.
Berger’s interests include art, food culture, suicide prevention, and combating loneliness, and social isolation in the older adult community.
Berger will demonstrate how your mind and body are powerful allies in managing stress. You will also learn what stress is and how chronic stress affects the physiology of the cardiovascular, nervous, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems.
She will also discuss the similarities of social isolation and loneliness to the impacts of chronic stress, as well as tips and resources for alleviating stress.
To register for this Zoom event or for more information, visit
You may also call Carmen Macias at the Senior Center at (626) 685-6759.