ACTIVITIES Available 5 Days A Week

Center for Positive Aging in Lower Merion

Activities center for active adults 55 years of age and older

Phone

(610) 642-9370
(610) 642-8873 Fax

Address

117 Ardmore Ave.
Ardmore, PA 19003

Hours

Monday-Friday:
9am – 3pm

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

11:00am – 1:00pm

Sunday, June 23, 2024

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Welcome to PALM

We Offer a Positive & Engaging Environment

Founded in 1974 The Center for Positive Aging in Lower Merion dba PALM (formerly known as The Senior Citizens Center of Ardmore), is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization created to improve the quality of life for Active Aging Adults.

PALM provides robust and innovative programs through services, resources, and partnerships in support of Older Adults, their families, caregivers, and community members, to support healthy and independent living.

PALM’s partnerships span generations, and ethnicities, that allow us to foster inclusive and innovative programming where we celebrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and champion advancements in technology for Older Adults.

Using the latest and most advanced technology, PALM enables Older Adults to succeed and thrive through both virtual and onsite exercise activities, social interaction, recreation, education, arts and entertainment, volunteerism, and community activism.

Your donation helps support PALM’s mission to our seniors.

Mission

To assist adults 55 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 of unmet needs of older adults and is a repository of information to assure them their rights, benefits and opportunities.

Vision

The Center for Positive Aging in Lower Merion (PALM) will be widely known for supporting positive aging and independence with dignity to older adults. We will be a resource and cultural Center, continuously expanding services and growing membership with an effective Board, staff and financial stability. Our staff and volunteers will engage in partnerships with public agencies, private businesses and applicable institutions to support older adults through programs and activities to:

*Advocate for rights and benefits;

*Create/promote opportunities to optimize health and welfare;

*Increase community outreach initiatives;

*Maximize life enrichment opportunities.

Goals

*To advance the well being of older adults by providing activities and programs which promote healthy lifestyles and independence so that older adults can Age in Place safely and with dignity.

*To advocate for unmet needs of older adults.

*To act as a repository of information regarding the rights, benefits and opportunities for older adults.

*To provide opportunities and encourage continued learning and creativity.

*To recognize the dignity and strength and wisdom of adults 55 and older.

*To promote collaborative relationships between area agencies providing services to older adults, local government, business, non-government and community organizations that support positive aging.

*To seek out and identify older adults who may feel isolated or be in need of services and information.

*To promote intergenerational activities.

Values

In all that we do, we recognize that we are a bridge to the active aging community.

PALM’s activities are divided into three major areas that support the needs of older adults:

Health & Wellness

Programs are evidence-based and designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and include exercise classes, nutrition classes, wellness visits by an onsite registered nurse, and daily hot or cold lunches.

Lifelong Learning

Programs designed to maintain and sharpen mental acuity that includes creative writing, book club, conversational Spanish, computers, and technology as well as lectures and topical presentations.

Arts and Cultural Engagement

Programs include choir group, jewelry making, art classes, table games, movie night, cultural and ethnic holidays, intergenerational activities, and travel to local and regional destination

Services

There is a wide variation of services offered by and through PALM, some services include, but are not limited to daily lunch, transportation, monthly food pantry, assistance with entitlements, and more.

Volunteer

Please consider volunteering and feel the rewards of giving back.  There are many ways to volunteer, some include fundraising, becoming a board/committee member and more.

Resources

All members are eligible to receive resources and referrals through PALM.  Rent rebates, produce vouchers (June-Sept.), assistance with benefits, links to community resources and more.

Outreach

Help our local community grow by coming together to raise awareness.  Our elders need you by assisting with benefit check-ups, food cupboards, reassurance calls, and more.

Members

Services & Resources

Activities

Year of Service

*Data as of 5/9/2023 – Subject to change without notice. 

Activity, Menu, & Event Calendars

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Activity Calendar

Click here to download the Activities Calendar

ZOOM LINKS

Mondays @ 11:00am – 12:30pm
Shared Reading Program
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/96431887481 
Dial-In Number – (646)558-8656
Meeting ID – 964 3188 7481

 

Tuesdays @ 10:00am – 11:00pm
Yoga With a Twist
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/92144781722
*Class is not ideal for phone-in only
Dial-In Number – (646)558-8656
Meeting ID – 921 4478 1722

 

Wednesdays @ 10:30am – 11:30am
Healthy Steps in Motion
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/96774325324
*Class is not ideal for phone-in only Dial-In Number – (646)558-8656 Meeting ID – 967 7432 5324

 

Wednesdays @ 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Spanish Class 1 – intro
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/99715060174
Dial-In Number – (646)558-8656
Meeting ID – 997 1506 0174

Wednesdays @ 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Spanish Class – B
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/99715060174
Dial-In Number – (646)558-8656
Meeting ID – 997 1506 0174

 

Thursdays @ 10:00am – 11:30pm
Bible Study
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/7210445417
Dial-In Number – (646)558-8656
Meeting ID – 721 044 5417

 

Thursdays @ 10:00am – 11:00am
Sit And Get Fit
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88541675976
Dial-In Number – (929)205-6099
*Class is not ideal for phone-in only Meeting ID – 885 4167 5976

 

Fridays 10:00 AM -1:00 PM
Fun-Friday
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85788442465
Meeting ID: 857 8844 2465
Dial-in Number (929)2056099

Upcoming Events
  • Healthy Steps for Older Adults – June 10th and June 12th 10am – 12pm (must attend both)
  • Vaccine Clinic: Wednesday, June 12th 11am – 1pm Click here to register
  • Father’s Day Barbeque: Friday, June 14th – 10am-1:30pm
  • Juneteenth Freedom on the Main Line – Saturday, June 22nd 12pm – 4pm
  • Jazz Festival  – Sunday, June 23rd 2:30pm – 5:30pm Click here to register
Menu

Click here to download menu for May

Click here to download menu for June

 

PALM Holiday Schedule - Center Closed

The PALM Center will be closed on the following dates.

  • Monday, February 19 President’s Day
  • Friday, March 29, Good Friday
  • Monday, May 27, Memorial Day
  • Thursday, July 4, Independence Day
  • Monday, September 2, Labor Day
  • Thursday, November 28, Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday, November 29, Day After Thanksgiving
  • Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day Observed
  • Tuesday, Dec 23, – Wednesday, Jan 1, 2025 Winter Break 

 

*Dates subject to change

Calendars subject to change without notice

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PALM has provided a safe place for aging adults for over 4 decades!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to be 55 or older to participate in PALM activities?

PALM is an inclusive Center and operates to meet our mission, vision, and goals.

One of PALM’s Strategic Goals:

Is to promote intergenerational activities. Our belief is that we share a common denominator. Let’s face it! We will all get older. At PALM we choose to age joyfully, gracefully, and celebrate life. Our programs allow us to stay fit and healthy and keep a positive attitude. We encourage all generations to embrace every moment of life and to have fun through PALM’s innovative programs that maintain and improve our physical and mental health, independence, and quality of life.

We welcome guests and visitors to participate in PALM’s activities. Maybe you will have free time over the summer and want to give back using your skills and talents. You are welcome to join us. Volunteers, Community Stakeholders, Potential Members, whatever the love connection may be, one of the goals of PALM is to embrace life and recognize the strengths that all generations have to offer!

I heard PALM is serving meals onsite. Is that true?

Yes! It is true. PALM has resumed Congregate Meals! Hot lunches are served onsite Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through the month of May. Beginning June 1, 2023, hot lunches will be served five days a week, Monday – Friday.

You are welcome to join us for food and fun and bring a friend. To ensure we have enough meals, please call the office at 610.642.9370 on Friday by 2 PM to register for the upcoming week.

In addition, PALM will continue our Grab and Go Meals Program!

How does the transportation work and what zip code does it cover?
What is PALM's history?

In November 1974, Family Services of Montgomery County, through a study made by their outreach worker, sensed the need for developing an organization which would help the older residents of South Ardmore to realize their fullest potential. These residents were primarily minority group members.

*Fifteen persons were invited to work on the project and became the first Board of Directors. They prepared themselves for their responsibility by visiting other senior citizens’ centers and familarizing themselves with programming possibilities.

*On September 29, 1975, the community was invited to a kickoff at which goals and aspirations were explained.

*Temporary housing had been offered to the Center and was accepted from the James A. Bell Masonic Order.

*The Board planned a budget and decided that funding was needed for transportation, guest speakers, equipment, program supplies and refreshments. An application was made by the Montgomery Council Office of Older Adults and funding was received.

*Initially the Club was envisioned as having a weekly program every Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. With funding from he Office of Older Adults, the program expanded to a two day week program.

*In September 1979, the program was enlarged to a three day week.

*Starting January 1980, the program was expanded to a five day week.

New/Renew

Membership

Just $25 a year

 

Thank you for considering/renewing your membership in the Center For Positive Aging in Lower Merion (PALM). PALM is a nonprofit agency with a focus on the overall wellness of the aging population.

PALM’s mission is to assist adults 55 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 of the unmet needs of older adults and is a repository of information to assure them of their rights, benefits, and opportunities.

PALM offers a wealth of programs that directly support our mission. To ensure our members eat well we provide a lunch program of balanced nutrition in a nurturing environment of friendship and community. PALM has extensive classes that offer a variety of events for our members.As innovative leaders in the aging community, we continue to seek opportunities to enhance the quality of lives for our members. Join today to be part of this positive and engaging center!

Click here to download the membership form, or click here to complete the online form.

Mail your application to:
PALM Center for Positive Aging, 117 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003

NOTE: Your membership card will be mailed when we receive your payment. If you have any questions, please call 610-642-9370.

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June 2024

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Board Members

Reverend Virginia Pollard, President

Craig Whitney, Vice President

Emma K. Benn, DrPH

David E. Galinsky, MD

Bernice Green

William Simon Leopold

Staff Members

Dawn S. Allen, Executive Director

Nancy Godfrey, Office Manager

Felicia Howard, Social Services Coordinator

Joan Jackson, Bookkeeper

Harry Collins, Building Maintenance

Abigail Zimandi, Program Director

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Phone

Office: 610-642-9370
Fax: 610-642-8873

Address

117 Ardmore Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003

Hours

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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