About Us

 

We are open for outdoor activities
and are hosting various virtual seminars!
Visit our Ongoing Activities page or Calendar for details.
Like and follow us on Facebook for updates, too.

 

Please Note:
If you have any respiratory symptoms or have been around anyone with symptoms
in the last 14 days, stay home!
If you have traveled outside the area in the last 14 days, stay home!
We recommend wearing a mask, bringing your own water bottle and a towel to cover a chair.
Chairs will be placed 6+ feet apart and groups will be limited to 10 people.


The Paradise Center is focused solely on finding ways to help the members of our community live life to the fullest. Keeping active, both mentally and physically, is fundamental for people of all ages. Our wide variety of programs, classes and workshops offer something for everyone. 

The Paradise Center began as Aging in Paradise Resource Center – an outreach program of the Longboat Island Chapel in 2008.  We are now an independent non-profit…part of the Longboat Key Center for Healthy Living, Inc., and are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for local seniors. This includes not only Longboat Key, but surrounding areas such as Anna Maria Island, West Bradenton, Lido Beach and Sarasota. We do this in a number of ways…

Education Join us for seminars, programs, and workshops on such topics as Brain Health, Transportation, Advanced Planning, Aging at Home, Money Management, Medicare Options, using a Smartphone, Joining the Facebook community and many, many more.

Health & Wellness TPC offers a wide variety of health and wellness classes throughout the year.  From Gentle Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Zumba to meditation, nutrition, fall prevention and others. Classes are $10/person. Or become a Member and never pay for a class (excludes materials)!

Referrals We provide personal referrals for all kinds of services. Everyone needs a reliable source for finding a doctor, plumber, dog walker, you name it! We have gathered a list of professionals who have been personally recommended by our clients.

Community Engagement Staying engaged with the world on a daily basis is a vital part of a happy, fulfilling life. At TPC, we are here for you! Not only do we have more than 300 yearly classes, but we are always here if you’d like to volunteer your time and talents. Even just one hour per week can truly make a difference in the lives of seniors.

Stop by and visit! We are now located inside the beautifully renovated Tidwell Foundation Building (546 Bay Isles Rd., LBK) and our new medical suite is also open, offering a variety of physicians’ services on different days of the week. Read more on our Medical Services page.


Board of Directors
    Dick Pelton, President
    Ken Newmark, Vice President
    Barbara Koetsier, Treasurer
    Howard Veit, Secretary
    Members:  Jack Rozance, Carol Peschel, Lenny Landau, Chris Pinckney & Nicci Kobritz

Staff
    Suzy Brenner, Executive Director
    Donna Sharp Blaney, Community Outreach & Marketing Manager
    Mary Ann Brady, Executive Assistant

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Lhani, C.G.O. (Chief Greeting Officer), in charge of licks and treats

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Standing, Left to Right:  Lenny Landau, Jack Rozance, Nicci Kobritz & Dick Pelton.  Seated: Chris Pinckney, Ken Newmark, Carol Peschel & Barbara Koetsier. Not pictured: Howard Veit.