Cynthia Rosedale: A Life Devoted to the Older Adults of Pasadena
Cynthia Rosedale wanted everyone to know about all the opportunities for active people at the Pasadena Senior Center! She made sure they would in the future when she made a planned endowment gift to PSC in her estate plans.
In 1960 Cynthia's grandmother was one of the founders of the Senior Center through her membership with the Junior League. Her aunt was an early volunteer, and her mother's best friend was the Executive Director. Cynthia was asked to serve on the board of the Senior Center in 1986. For 27 years she served as the Center's Director of Events, Volunteers, and Senior Games.
In 1992, Cynthia found her passion, when she brought the Senior Olympics program to Pasadena. Twenty-two years later she still runs that program, now known as the Pasadena Senior Games. Athletes train year round, and Cynthia devoted time year round to making sure everything ran smoothly. Almost every other year as many as 2,200 athletes converged on Pasadena for the state championship games. Athletes compete in 27 individual and team sports, from track and field to table tennis to volleyball and archery.
When she talked about the Senior Games, Cynthia's lively eyes would light up. "There's no other job where you can have 1,600 best friends. It's like we're family once a year; it's absolutely unconditional. Some of these people I've known since 1992." Those relationships, many of them burnished by the years, are what Cynthia cherished most about her work at the Senior Center. "Buildings are just bricks and mortar, but people are special."
"If you've never come here," Cynthia says, "you may think senior centers are just for old, decrepit dominoes players who fall asleep in front of the TV. But if people take that first step, they will see that we offer a community for active people. We're now open until 8:00 p.m. Come for women's or men's basketball, tap, or Zumba. Challenge yourself to try something new. Take a chance! Try pickleball, the fastest growing senior sport in the country. We have three co-ed softball teams who share births and deaths and anniversaries together. They love each other. It's all about the people. This place is not the buildings; it's about what's inside."