Connections: January 27, 2021

A monthly newsletter for ASB Participants and Learners

Welcome to ASB’s Participant Newsletter

Welcome to Connections, ASB’s participant newsletter! This newsletter is a monthly resource for all things ASB. Read on for upcoming events, program schedules and other opportunities to explore. Feel free to forward this email along to anyone who may be interested in our programs and resources.

Creating Connection in a Time of Isolation

With all of the activity and program closures throughout the country, let’s make sure this forced isolation doesn’t lead to increased feelings of loneliness. Join Amber Carroll, director of Covia’s Well Connected, on February 12 at 10:30 a.m. to learn more about the virtual connection opportunities available to the older adults living anywhere throughout the United States. If you are interested in joining, contact Linda Gaffney at, email Lynn Heitz at, or call Lynn during her Thursday office hours from 3 – 4 p.m. at 605-475-6006 with access code 849659.

ASB’s Health Speaker Series

On Fridays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., ASB welcomes professionals from health care and other fields to speak with you about topics such as health and welfare, insurance and finances, legal assistance and much more! Review the series schedule below, and contact ASB’s Participant Navigator, Lexi Jones at if you are interested in attending any sessions.

  • 2/3 – Information on Covid-19 Vaccines with Terry Karter
  • 2/5 – Living and Thriving with Asthma with Health Partners Plus
  • 2/12 – Blood Pressure Control with Health Partners Plus
  • 2/17 – Information on Low-carb options with Terry Karter
  • 2/26 – When to Use the ER with Health Partners Plus
  • 2/24 – Information on what to eat to boost your Immunity with Terry Karter
  • 3/12 – From Coverage to Care with Health Partners Plus
  • 3/26 – Senior Safety with Health Partners Plus

Longwood Gardens Audio Described Exhibit

Longwood Gardens invites you to an audio described exhibit: Voices in the Landscape.

Embark on a beautifully poignant journey with storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston as she honors and celebrates the strength, resilience and contributions of the Black community through the lens of horticulture and the power of story. Through a series of 10 stops—experienced in-person throughout the Gardens via your phone or virtually from home—surround yourself in her moving spoken word and the stillness around you.

Audio files with introductory audio descriptions of each location are available on the Longwood Gardens mobile map. Nicole Sardella voices the audio descriptions. The audio descriptions use words to describe the landscape and plants of Longwood associated with Charlotte’s stories. Each audio description is given based on the location of the sign in the Gardens. 

ASB participants and families can go visit this Audio Described experience independently, and if the family has a PA State ACCESS Card, they can enter Longwood Gardens for $2/person, for up to four people (including the card holder). Tickets must be reserved in advance! Reserve tickets now through March 21, 2021. Click here for more information and to reserve tickets.

Upcoming Events

  • Legal Clinic for the Disabled presentation regarding available services on January 29 at 10:30 a.m.
  • An exciting presentation from Dr. Michael Brown, a conservation science fellow with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute on February 17 at 2 p.m.
  • Penn Museum Virtual Audio Tour on February 24 at 10 a.m.
  • Movement Class with The Pennsylvania Ballet (more details to come)

Stay in Touch

Have questions about ASB’s programs and resources? Looking to get more involved? Please contact ASB’s Participant Navigator, Lexi Jones at