Senior Services

Service Overview

At Lutheran Settlement House, seniors build community with each other, participating in activities that promote healthy living and support their goals of leading self-determined lives. Our seniors learn skills like cooking, painting, line dancing, and meditation. They share meals together and play games, including Bingo. And our seniors have access to health coaching so they can stay active and independent. For those who are caring for an older loved one, our CARES program provides counseling and support groups to help caregivers manage their stress and anxiety. 

Upcoming Events

  • Cardio Drumming

    Every Wednesday
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Cardio drumming combines creativity and fitness into one fun exercise. This class involves “drumming” on an exercise ball and dancing with music as a form of exercise. Our experienced Coach Jackee leads this hour-long drumming class that can help to improve your coordination and ability to focus while strengthening your arms and core. Come try it out!

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Morning Bingo

    Every and TuesdayWednesday,
    Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Feeling lucky? Join us for penny and dollar bingo games every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Bingo boards and chips are provided. Participants are asked to please bring their own pennies and dollar bills.

    Bingo is open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Computer & Microsoft Office Basics

    Every Thursday
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Looking to improve your computer skills? Instructor KB gives you all the tips and tricks in this Computer & Microsoft Office Basics class. Learn the ins and outs of Microsoft Office (Email, Word, PowerPoint, Calendar, etc.) and sharpen your skill set. 

    This class is free and open to anyone, regardless of age. No registration required. 

  • Free Tax Preparation

    Every Thursday, February 1st 2023 - February 9th 2023
    Time: 12:00 AM

    Need help preparing your taxes? Campaign for Working Families will be at LSH with their mobile unit on Thurs, February 2nd, and Thurs, February 9th from 11am-3pm  to provide free tax preparation services. For more information, see the flyer below.

  • Computer Class

    Every Thursday
    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Looking to improve your computer skills? Look no further than our Thursday morning computer class. Each week, instructor KB leads the class in computer and internet basics. Come learn something new! Computers & materials will be provided.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Soft Toy Making

    Every Thursday
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Interested in doing something nice for the community? Put your crafting skills to use in this soft toy making class and your final product will be donated to children in need! Participants are instructed in toy making by local artist Sheena Garcia. All materials will be provided.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Art Class

    Every Thursday
    Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    You can do more than just stick figures! Come improve your artistic skill set in our weekly art class, led by local artist Sheena Garcia. Classes rotate between acrylic painting, watercolors, sketching, and much more. All materials are included.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Free Tax Prep Drop Off provided by Campaign for Working Families

    Thursday, February 9th 2023
    Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    LSH’s Fishtown site will be a free tax prep drop off site Thursday, February 2nd from 11am to 3pm as well as Thursday, February 9th during the same hours.

    Campaign for Working Families (CWF) has several other locations and online filing options here, https://www.cwfphilly.org/.

    Note – CWF will be bringing their mobile unit both days, which will be parked in the grassy area in front of our building at the corner of Frankford and Master. We are only a drop off location, so anyone who drops off those days will need to return either on February 9th (for those who drop off 2/2) or February 23rd to pick up their filed tax documents between 11am and 3pm.

    NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY. Contact LSH’s front desk at 215-426-8610 x1200 with any questions.

    What to Bring

    For a quick and easy tax filing, bring the following documents for you, your spouse, and anyone you are claiming as a dependent.

    Everyone Needs . . .
    • Current driver’s license, state ID, passport, Green Card, or Employment Authorization card AND birth dates for all household members
    • Social Security card (or other Social Security document with full SSN on it)
    • W-2 and 1099 forms for income, pensions or Social Security, or unemployment received last year; plus your previous year’s tax return (if available)
    • Year end statement for childcare expenses AND Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number of the provider
    • 1098-T form for any college/ trade school expenses paid
    • 1095-A statement (if applicable) AND Total all expenses plus bills/receipts for medicine and doctor’s visits as backup
    • Property tax
    Amendments and Prior Year Filings up to 4 Years

    We Cannot Prepare…
    • Schedule C with loss, depreciation or business use of home
    • Form SS-5 (request for Social Security Number)
    • Form 8606 (non-deductible IRA)
    • Form 8814 (child taxed at parent’s tax rate)
    • Form SS-8 (determination of worker status for purposes of federal employment taxes and income tax withholding)
    • Parts 4 & 5 of Form 8962 (Premium Tax Credits)

  • Belly Dancing Class

    Every Friday
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Every Friday afternoon, participants have the opportunity to practice belly dancing with an experienced instructor. Belly dancing is a dance form that originated centuries ago but continues to thrive today! It is a great low-impact exercise with benefits like weight loss, muscle toning, improved posture, and relaxation. Come try it out!

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

    See flyer here

  • Afternoon Bingo

    Every Friday
    Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Feeling lucky? Join us for penny and dollar bingo games every Friday afternoon. Bingo boards and chips are provided. Participants are asked to please bring their own pennies and dollar bills.

    Bingo is open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Enhance Fitness Exercise

    Every and MondayFriday,
    Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Exercise is a whole lot of fun in this evidence-based Enhance Fitness exercise program. Participants are led by a certified instructor in an hour long class focused on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility.

    A typical one-hour session includes:

    • A 5-minute warm-up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
    • A 20-minute aerobic workout that gets participants moving
    • A 5-minute cool-down to lower the heart rate safely
    • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft cuff weights on the arms and legs (0 up to 20 pounds)
    • A 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible
    • Dynamic and static balance exercises throughout the class
    • Lots of opportunities for participants to make new friends

    Classes are open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Afternoon Movie

    Every Monday
    Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Come join us for Monday afternoon movies! Movies are shown on our large projector screen in the senior center promptly at noon.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

    February 2023 Movie Schedule: 

    Monday, February 6th: See How They Run (2022)

    Description: In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered.

    Starring: Kieran Hodgson, Pearl Chanda, Gregory Cox

    Monday, February 13th: Blithe Spirit (1945)

    Description: A man and his second wife are haunted by the ghost of his first wife.

    Starring: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond

    Monday, February 20th: LSH Closed for Presidents Day

    Monday, February 27th: Great Expectations (1946)

    Description: A humble orphan boy in 1810s Kent is given the opportunity to go to London and become a gentleman, with the help of an unknown benefactor.

    Starring: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager

     

  • Cooking Class

    Every Monday
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Come check out our weekly cooking class! Each week participants learn to cook a new healthy dish, try it, and take home the recipe.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Chair Yoga

    Every Monday
    Time: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Come stretch out in our chair yoga class! Led by local organization Yoga 4 Philly, participants practice gentle, relaxing yoga from the comfort of their chair. This class is accessible to all levels.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Mat Yoga

    Every Monday, January 23rd 2023 - February 27th 2023
    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Join us for a winter yoga series led by Roots 2 Rise. In Touch Yoga is a blend of physical yoga practice, breathwork, and meditation, designed specifically for people to become more in touch with their bodies. It focuses on relieving tension in the body and building strength and balance. This practice is accessible to everyone at all levels. Please bring your own mat!

    Open to anyone in the community, no registration necessary.
    Questions? Contact Geneva Scafe by phone at 215-426-8610 ext.1206 or by email at gscafe@lshphilly.org

  • Compulsively Creating

    Every Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Join us for our newest art class: Compulsively Creating with instructor Maxi. Participants have the opportunity to learn a variety of mediums including wood burning and watercolor-pen technique using recycled materials. Build mastery in new mediums and figure out what works for you in this class for all levels.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Enhance Fitness Exercise

    Every Tuesday
    Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Exercise is a whole lot of fun in this evidence-based Enhance Fitness exercise program. Participants are led by a certified instructor in an hour long class focused on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility.

    A typical one-hour session includes:

    • A 5-minute warm-up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
    • A 20-minute aerobic workout that gets participants moving
    • A 5-minute cool-down to lower the heart rate safely
    • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft cuff weights on the arms and legs (0 up to 20 pounds)
    • A 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible
    • Dynamic and static balance exercises throughout the class
    • Lots of opportunities for participants to make new friends

    Classes are open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Line Dancing Class

    Every Tuesday
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Looking to impress your friends on the dance floor? You can learn all the best moves in line dancing class at LSH! Line dancing offers a great form of exercise as well as the opportunity to enjoy music and make friends. No experience necessary!

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Valentine’s Sip and Sing

    Tuesday, February 14th 2023
    Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Sing your heart out at this Valentine’s Day Sip and Sing event. Local musician and vocal artist Elise Mark will lead participants in several choir-style love songs. In between singing, guests can enjoy snacks and beverages provided by LSH. This event is BYOB, so if you would like to bring your own wine or beer, please feel free.

    This event is open to anyone 55+. The cost is $5, and registration is required by 2/13. To register, contact Geneva Scafe in person, by phone at 215-426-8610, or by email at gscafe@lshphilly.org.

  • Valentine’s Bingo

    Tuesday, February 14th 2023
    Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Love is in the air and luck is in the cards at this Valentines Day-themed bingo event.  Come out for several rounds of Valentine’s bingo with prizes. We will have donuts and other refreshments to enjoy while you play.

    This event is open to anyone 55+. It costs $2, and registration is required by 12/13. To register, please contact Geneva Scafe in person, by phone at 215-426-8610, or by email at gscafe@lshphilly.org.

  • Valentine’s Day Party

    Wednesday, February 15th 2023
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Get ready to party at our annual Valentines Day Event. Enjoy a festive meal, snacks, and beverages while you listen to love-themed tunes with friends.

    Open to anyone 55+. Cost is $5, and registration is required by 2/13. To register, contact Geneva Scafe in person, by phone at 215-426-8610, or by email at gscafe@lshphilly.org.

  • Free Community Meal

    Thursday, February 16th 2023
    Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Join us for our monthly community meal! The community meal is open to anyone and everyone in the community and is intended to bring together neighbors and build community within the neighborhood. The community meal takes place every third Thursday of the month and is either prepared by LSH staff and volunteers or provided by a local restraurant.

    This months meal is prepared and served by staff and volunteers of LSH.

    Menu:
    Garden Salad
    Pasta with Chicken Alfredo or Vegetable Marinara
    Dessert provided by Cake Life Bakery

  • CLOSED – President’s Day

    Monday, February 20th 2023
    Time: All day

    Lutheran Settlement House is CLOSED on Monday, February 20th for President’s Day.
    This includes the pantry and senior center. All distributions and activities are canceled.

  • $5 Bingo

    Tuesday, February 21st 2023
    Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    The stakes are high with this monthly $5 bingo event. Bring a $5 contribution and then enjoy 6 unique bingo games to win money back. Bingo chips and boards will be provided.

    This event is open to anyone 55+, but registration is required. 

    To register, please contact Geneva Scafe, SC Activities Coordinator, by phone at 215-426-8610 ext.1206 or by email at gscafe@lshphilly.org. Please register by January 17th.

  • Restaurant Trip to United Buffet

    Thursday, February 23rd 2023
    Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Join other senior center members at United Buffet (4640 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19124) for our monthly restaurant trip. Transportation is not provided, however CCT rides are available at no cost if you have a CCT ID and make your reservation through the center.

    Registration is required for this event. To register, please contact Geneva Scafe, SC activities coordinator, by phone at 215-426-8610 ext.1206 or by email at gscafe@lshphilly.org. Please sign up by 1/19.

  • Trivia & “Stretching Your Grocery Dollars” Presentation with Humana

    Friday, February 24th 2023
    Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Times are tough as grocery prices are rising higher and higher every day. Learn how you can stretch your grocery dollars at this Humana-sponsored presentation. After the presentation, enjoy a fun game of trivia with prizes.

    This event is open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

     

  • Center General Meeting

    Monday, February 27th 2023
    Time: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Learn about upcoming events and changes in the senior center at our Center General Meeting. Center director Meg Finley updates the center on schedule changes and special events and opens the floor to questions at the end of each meeting.

    This meeting is open to anyone 55+, no registration required

  • Morning Bingo

    Every and TuesdayWednesday,
    Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Feeling lucky? Join us for penny and dollar bingo games every Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Bingo boards and chips are provided. Participants are asked to please bring their own pennies and dollar bills.

    Bingo is open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Cardio Drumming

    Every Wednesday
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Cardio drumming combines creativity and fitness into one fun exercise. This class involves “drumming” on an exercise ball and dancing with music as a form of exercise. Our experienced Coach Jackee leads this hour-long drumming class that can help to improve your coordination and ability to focus while strengthening your arms and core. Come try it out!

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Art Class

    Every Thursday
    Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    You can do more than just stick figures! Come improve your artistic skill set in our weekly art class, led by local artist Sheena Garcia. Classes rotate between acrylic painting, watercolors, sketching, and much more. All materials are included.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Computer Class

    Every Thursday
    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Looking to improve your computer skills? Look no further than our Thursday morning computer class. Each week, instructor KB leads the class in computer and internet basics. Come learn something new! Computers & materials will be provided.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Computer & Microsoft Office Basics

    Every Thursday
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Looking to improve your computer skills? Instructor KB gives you all the tips and tricks in this Computer & Microsoft Office Basics class. Learn the ins and outs of Microsoft Office (Email, Word, PowerPoint, Calendar, etc.) and sharpen your skill set. 

    This class is free and open to anyone, regardless of age. No registration required. 

  • Soft Toy Making

    Every Thursday
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Interested in doing something nice for the community? Put your crafting skills to use in this soft toy making class and your final product will be donated to children in need! Participants are instructed in toy making by local artist Sheena Garcia. All materials will be provided.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Afternoon Bingo

    Every Friday
    Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Feeling lucky? Join us for penny and dollar bingo games every Friday afternoon. Bingo boards and chips are provided. Participants are asked to please bring their own pennies and dollar bills.

    Bingo is open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Enhance Fitness Exercise

    Every and MondayFriday,
    Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    Exercise is a whole lot of fun in this evidence-based Enhance Fitness exercise program. Participants are led by a certified instructor in an hour long class focused on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility.

    A typical one-hour session includes:

    • A 5-minute warm-up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
    • A 20-minute aerobic workout that gets participants moving
    • A 5-minute cool-down to lower the heart rate safely
    • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft cuff weights on the arms and legs (0 up to 20 pounds)
    • A 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible
    • Dynamic and static balance exercises throughout the class
    • Lots of opportunities for participants to make new friends

    Classes are open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Belly Dancing Class

    Every Friday
    Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Every Friday afternoon, participants have the opportunity to practice belly dancing with an experienced instructor. Belly dancing is a dance form that originated centuries ago but continues to thrive today! It is a great low-impact exercise with benefits like weight loss, muscle toning, improved posture, and relaxation. Come try it out!

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

    See flyer here

  • Compulsively Creating

    Every Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Join us for our newest art class: Compulsively Creating with instructor Maxi. Participants have the opportunity to learn a variety of mediums including wood burning and watercolor-pen technique using recycled materials. Build mastery in new mediums and figure out what works for you in this class for all levels.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Cooking Class

    Every Monday
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Come check out our weekly cooking class! Each week participants learn to cook a new healthy dish, try it, and take home the recipe.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Afternoon Movie

    Every Monday
    Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Come join us for Monday afternoon movies! Movies are shown on our large projector screen in the senior center promptly at noon.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

    February 2023 Movie Schedule: 

    Monday, February 6th: See How They Run (2022)

    Description: In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered.

    Starring: Kieran Hodgson, Pearl Chanda, Gregory Cox

    Monday, February 13th: Blithe Spirit (1945)

    Description: A man and his second wife are haunted by the ghost of his first wife.

    Starring: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond

    Monday, February 20th: LSH Closed for Presidents Day

    Monday, February 27th: Great Expectations (1946)

    Description: A humble orphan boy in 1810s Kent is given the opportunity to go to London and become a gentleman, with the help of an unknown benefactor.

    Starring: John Mills, Valerie Hobson, Tony Wager

     

  • Chair Yoga

    Every Monday
    Time: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

    Come stretch out in our chair yoga class! Led by local organization Yoga 4 Philly, participants practice gentle, relaxing yoga from the comfort of their chair. This class is accessible to all levels.

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Enhance Fitness Exercise

    Every Tuesday
    Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Exercise is a whole lot of fun in this evidence-based Enhance Fitness exercise program. Participants are led by a certified instructor in an hour long class focused on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility.

    A typical one-hour session includes:

    • A 5-minute warm-up to get the blood flowing to the muscles
    • A 20-minute aerobic workout that gets participants moving
    • A 5-minute cool-down to lower the heart rate safely
    • A 20-minute strength training workout with soft cuff weights on the arms and legs (0 up to 20 pounds)
    • A 10-minute stretching workout to keep the muscles flexible
    • Dynamic and static balance exercises throughout the class
    • Lots of opportunities for participants to make new friends

    Classes are open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • Line Dancing Class

    Every Tuesday
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Looking to impress your friends on the dance floor? You can learn all the best moves in line dancing class at LSH! Line dancing offers a great form of exercise as well as the opportunity to enjoy music and make friends. No experience necessary!

    Open to anyone 55+, no registration required.

  • CLOSED – International Women’s Day

    Wednesday, March 8th 2023
    Time: All day

    Lutheran Settlement House is CLOSED on Wednesday, March 8th for International Women’s Day.
    This includes the pantry and senior center. All distributions and activities are canceled.

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