About Us…

We have re-opened for limited, outdoor activities! Visit our Ongoing Activities page for details & follow us on Facebook for as many virtual activities as possible.  

You all know the drill by now: 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 offers something for everyone….

We are finally in our PERMANENT HOME at 546 Bay Isles Road!  The Tidewell Foundation building has been beautifully renovated, and our NEW medical center is now open! Visit our Medical Services page for details.

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, Lunch & Learns 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, falls prevention and others.

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.

Board of Directors

President:  Dick Pelton

Vice President:  Ken Newmark

Treasurer:  Barbara Koetsier

Secretary:  Howard Veit

Members:  Jack Rozance, Carol Peschel, Lenny Landau, Chris Pinckney & Nicci Kobritz


Suzy Brenner, Executive Director   [ suzybrenner@theparadisecenter.org ]

Mary Ann Brady, Executive Assistant   [ maryannbrady@theparadisecenter.org ]


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.