Note from the Director, Sandi Stovall

The PALM began its 39th year of operation on July 1st 2014, and we are looking forward to a very exciting and fulfilling year for our active aging adult membership of those 50 years of age and older. We are planning an exciting year with more travel, more classes, growth of the membership community, and the improved health for all those engaged in life and living each PALM moment to its fullest. Stay tuned for announcements about our new cooking classes and the continuance of first Fridays entertainment at the PALM CAFÉ. You are invited to register for a two day seminar called Healthy Steps for Older Adults (HOSA). Please refer to the HOSA story in the newsletter for more information. I am currently looking for a line dance instructor and maybe even a ball room dancing teacher to ready members for holiday parties. Call my office with additional suggestions for classes and other activities the PALM could host for your enjoyment.

If you happened to look at our garden in the rear of the parking lot, you will see there are raised beds overflowing with a lush bounty of organic greens including lettuce, collard greens, green peppers, pole beans, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers. The harvest will be shared with our members for lunch and distributed in home meals as well. We thank our Garden Ladies (Joanne Fullerton, Michelle Francavilla, Lois Hordges,) and Garden Gentlemen (Izzy Rojas, and Nathan Williams) for their kind services of planting, weeding, watering and whispering loving thoughts to the plants, encouraging healthy growth. I wish to extend special words of appreciation to Steve Handy, Jeffery Lewis, Cecil Gandy and Boy Scout Troop 243 of Zion Baptist Church for building, transporting, and installing our raised planter boxes. Your kindness has allowed us to plant our garden and position it at a height that allows greater ease and comfort for our gardeners to perform their tasks.

It saddens me to tell you that the PALM is still Lower Merion’s best kept secret. Help us get the word out by telling friends and associates about the PALM and of your enthusiasm and excitement for the types of activities and events you enjoy here in our facility. We should not be a secret, but should be celebrated as a well known, community asset and center for Adults interested in staying engaged in life, physically fit, and socially active. A good word from you will help us to grow our membership and enhance our programs and services, so talk us up and thank you for caring and sharing. Invite a friend to lunch and extend an invitation to friends to join us for our week long OPEN HOUSE during Active Aging Week September 21th to 27th. Friends are also invited to make their Peace Day pinwheel for display at the PEACE DAY ceremony and Installation on Thursday September 19 at 10am.

Special note: The newsletter will now be sent directly to your email address and you can read it on line. This will save the PALM postage and printing costs. We would like your feedback on this new initiative. Our computer teacher will be providing class instruction on how to access your newsletter on line via our web site and your email address. On another note please be certain to read the Social Worker’s Column on Gratitude and our new Tech column by Michael Sommerville Jr.

I look forward to seeing you soon and especially for Open House during Active Aging Week September 21th to the 27th.

Sandi Stovall

Executive Director

Center for Positive Aging in Lower Merion (the PALM Center)


About palmseniors

The Center for Positive Aging in Lower Merion (the PALM center) offers programs that create a community of involvement and support for the diverse groups of women and men in Lower Merion Township and surrounding communities.
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