This week’s issue . . .

Implementing Aging-in-Place:
The First Follow-Up Report

By Bill Davis
Chair, AIP Committee, Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association

Last June 29, an article appeared in these pages describing the formation of the Aging-in-Place Committee (AIP) of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association (SSCA). As was mentioned at the time AIP was created to implement, or assist in implementing, a number of the official recommendations put forth by the Borough Task Force on Aging-in-Place. After six productive months of effort, what follows is the first follow-up report on the progress AIP has made.

Regarding Borough recommendation #1, “Encourage Borough Residents to make concrete plans for their future” and Borough recommendation #11,“Promote the health and safety of older residents.”: AIP is planning its first annual Wellness Fair, to be held at the Inn at Swarthmore, this March 24. Entitled “Enhancing Senior Well-Being in the Body, Mind, and World,” this one-day event will feature thought-provoking presentations regarding everyone’s future, and showcase vendors whose businesses are dedicated to concrete solutions for the wants and needs of seniors.

Regarding Borough recommendation #4, “Use Swarthmore’s Vision Statement to establish Swarthmore as an Age-Friendly Community”: AIP successfully applied to AARP to join its national Age-Friendly Community Network.

Regarding Borough recommendation #5, “Explore cooperative measures and organizational means to provide a full range of educational information and support services to older adults”: AIP has created a comprehensive directory of local organizations and nonprofit associations, which is linked to the Borough website. The directory includes contact information and a brief description for each listing, with a link to identify organizations and services especially relevant for seniors. In addition to the online version, there are plans to publish and distribute a print edition of the directory.

Regarding Borough recommendation #6, “Establish an Aging-in-Place Implementation Committee to work with Borough Council…”: SSCA created an Aging-in-Place committee specifically to implement some of the Borough Council Task Force recommendations on Aging-in-Place. At the Council’s request, in September of 2017, AIP created a funding proposal that SSCA submitted to Council regarding financial support for aging-in-place projects. The SSCA proposal was received positively by the Council.

Regarding Borough recommendation #8, “Spearhead the creation of a resource network for older adults, and possibly the larger community, using the TimeBank or Village Movement models”: AIP has researched the feasibility of establishing a Swarthmore TimeBank and will sponsor several meetings for local residents interested in participating in a TimeBank. The meetings will be held at Borough Hall at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, January 22, led by leaders of the extremely successful Phoenixville TimeBank. In addition to the progress described above, AIP is researching additional funding sources to maintain successfully its ongoing projects and initiate others. The next AIP follow-up report will include detailed information about fundraising efforts.

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Eric Rupp, as Trevor the chimpanzee, treats his next-door neighbor, played by Jess Stinson, to a bit of grooming, in Trevor at the Players Club of Swarthmore. Photo by Rose Azrael.

Ready for something different? The Players Club of Swarthmore presents Trevor by Nick Jones, directed by Leigh Jacobs of Wynnewood, on the Raymond W. Smith stage. Performances are January 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., January 28 at 2 p.m., February 1 at 7:30 p.m., and February 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, or in advance at

Eight years ago, a chimpanzee named Trevor starred in an infomercial with Morgan Fairchild. Now, Trevor’s showbiz career is on the rocks, but he dreams of a TV comeback with Morgan. He lives alone with Sandra, a middle-aged widow. She knows that …

Swing Time: ‘Boogie Woogie Radio Hour’
at Hedgerow

Filling the airwaves from WBGW-AM in Texas (via the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley) are the golden voices of Shaun Yates, Sarah Gafgen, and Carl Smith, stars of the Boogie Woogie Radio Hour. Photo courtesy of Wide Eyed Studios.

“The show must go on,” they say, and the old entertainers’ watchwords are put to the test in Boogie Woogie Radio Hour, which continues its run at Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley through January 28.

It’s 1948 and Radio WBGW is the biggest little radio station in the biggest small town in Texas in Boogie Woogie Radio Hour, an original musical adventure written and acted by Hedgerow alumna Sarah Gafgen and company members Shaun Yates, and Carl Smith.

“The premise of the piece is that a small, scrappy radio station recruits a big New York troupe to join them for their first broadcast for a live audience. Things don’t work …

Beat Cabin Fever: Advice from
The Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library

Did the recent weather give you cabin fever? Our very own Swarthmore Public Library provides means of escaping (and not just because you can check out books about Hawaiian travel. In preparation for the next storm, keep in mind that the following great resources and more are available at no charge to cardholders:

Hoopla: Nearly half a million movie, TV, music, e-book and graphic novel titles are accessible from your computer, tablet or smartphone. As a library cardholder, you can register for Hoopla Digital and borrow up to five titles per month — and you don’t have …

What’s the Story with Story Corps?

Swarthmore librarian Lucy Saxon will present information about StoryCorps to The Gathering Place on Wednesday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. Come at noon for soup and a roll for a modest fee from Occasionally Yours and enjoy dessert and beverages …

Pendle Hill Welcomes Sunday Speakers

On Sunday afternoons, January 21 and 28, Pendle Hill invites the public to come hear two speakers read from and discuss their recent books. On January 21, educator and spiritual counselor RegE Walker of Philadelphia shares insights from Life is Funny, But It Ain’t No Joke, a humorous and wise account of his journey from egoism to recognition …

Indoor Season at Tyler Arboretum

Camp IN this winter at Tyler Arboretum in Media. Next Saturday, January 25, Tyler welcomes families to pitch their tents in the newly-renovated Barn Loft for an overnight stay, complete with nature exploration in a hike on Tyler’s grounds, an outdoor campfire with weenie roast and s’mores, and breakfast on Sunday morning. Bring your …

Chanticleer Comes Alive in Lisa Roper’s Talk

Lisa Roper of Wallingford is both a master horticulturist at Chanticleer in Wayne and a gifted photographer whose photos are collected in the book Chanticleer Now and Then. On Monday, January 29, she will share her work in both areas in the 2018 Winter Lecture sponsored by the Gardeners of Rose Valley at the Old Mill.

Lisa will talk about how Chanticleer came to be a nationally known private garden combining classical and whimsical hand built elements in various “rooms,” give insights into the garden’s design process, and talk about her favorite plants and her …

Landscapes of Portugal, in Wanderings at One

Warm sun and cool breezes, spectacular palace gardens and cork oak forests; terraced vineyard and olive groves beckon travelers to join the upcoming Scott Associates international garden trip to Portugal. On Thursday, February 1, at 1 p.m., Scott Arboretum Director Claire Sawyers will share the intel from the scouting trip she made in …

Cross-Pollinate and Grow

Swarthmore College professor Shelly Costa is innovating to enhance understanding between the College community and the Swarthmore Quaker Meeting (SQM). Knowledge will flow both ways.

In the first “SQM-inar,” which begins next Saturday, January 27, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Costa will present a sample of the material and instruction that she includes in her Swarthmore College course on Gender, Race, and Science. Students including Meeting members, College undergraduates and staff will learn side by side, exchanging points of view through intergenerational and inter-community sharing. The free class will also meet on …

MLK Jr.’s Delco History

Many Delaware County residents do not know that early in his career Martin Luther King, Jr. had a strong presence here. Join the Faith and Life class at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, Sunday, January 21, at 11:15 a.m., to hear Bruce Stephens speak about these early years of King. Bruce will give special emphasis on King’s years …

‘Women of Achievement’ Nominees Sought

Who are your heroes? Delaware County’s Women’s Commission wants to hear about them. Now through Thursday, January 25, nominations are being accepted for the awards which will be presented at a celebration on March 21, during Women’s History Month. Nominees will be considered based on their embodiment of the 2018 …

PAWS Is (Are?) Back at Furness Library

Students age 5 and up and other developing readers can sign up now for sessions this winter and spring with therapy dogs from PAWS. The gentle and friendly dogs are good listeners, and readers can build confidence in 15 minute sessions with a PAWS dog at the Helen Kate Furness Library in Wallingford. Sessions will be held Sundays, February 4 …

Hardy Plant Society Hosts ‘Container Savvy’ Talk

Jessica Walliser, author of Container Gardening Complete, will deliver the annual Joanne Walkovic Memorial Lecture next Sunday, January 28, at Chang Hou Hall of Swarthmore College. Walliser will share inspiration and tips for container gardening projects for the upcoming season. The Pittsburgh resident is a prominent author, columnist, and …

Indivisible Swarthmore Hosts Electoral Organizer
on January 31

Join Indivisible Swarthmore: Moving the Needle at its January 31 meeting for a Skype presentation and discussion with Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed, an experienced electoral organizer. The session will be hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Rd. in Swarthmore, with light refreshments offered at 7:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 8:00 p. m.

Ahmed will address “Electoral Engagement: Best Practices Among Diverse Communities,” sharing her experiences and insights as she has successfully organized GOTV efforts in highly diverse populations and developed ways …

Anthony Goicolea Opens ‘Figure/Ground’
at List Gallery

Exploring nature and how it is altered by human’s interaction with our natural world, List Gallery’s new exhibition “Anthony Goicolea: Figure/Ground” assembles the photo prints and mixed media works of contemporary artist Goicolea. The show opens this week, with a lecture by the artist at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, followed at 5:30 by …

Share a Little Love

Newspaper editors in search of romance … yours. Tell us how you and your beloved met, fell in love, made a commitment, and took it to the next level, whatever that may be. We’re looking for love, for our February 9 edition, where we’ll share your story and others in our Valentine’s Day issue of the Swarthmorean.

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