Del Mar Community Connections

The Secrets to Longevity 
DMCC’s Health and Wellness Premiere Speaker Series is delighted to announce a conversation between DMCC board member Dr. Mary Walshok and Deborah Szekely, the iconic founder of the spa movement in America who founded Rancho La Puerta and the Golden Door health spas. Szekely recently celebrated her 99th birthday. Rancho La Puerta has been in operation for more than eighty of those years and continues to be ranked the number one spa in the world by Condé Nast. Szekely is internationally recognized for her work, is the author of many books, and continues to lecture weekly at the Ranch and at conferences and meetings around the world. Their conversation on Friday, June 18th will focus on what she sees are the secrets to longevity, many of which will surprise you! Visit to find a registration link for this free program.



Nancy, Irene, Janee, and Marilyn at the Ice Cream Social.

Many senior citizens dealt with unmatched levels of isolation during the pandemic. Though DMCC was able to help fulfill Del Mar seniors’ most basic needs with grocery delivery and continue programming remotely, this time has been a struggle for those who live alone and do not use the Internet. During DMCC’s May 14 Ice Cream Social, we were able to engineer reunions between friends who have not seen one another during this time. This heartwarming event wouldn’t have been possible without widespread vaccination rates and the careful planning of the Social and Good Times committee, led by Linda Chisari. We look forward to gradually getting back to normal, and we thank the community for your understanding as we take small steps forward and make adjustments in the interest of safety.


Volunteer of the Year – 2021

Tom Cleworth and Jessica Countryman spend quality time.


DMCC’s Volunteer of the Year for 2021 is Tom Cleworth, volunteer driver. Tom won volunteer of the month in March 2020, making him eligible for this award, because he works long hours and drives thousands of miles to help Del Mar seniors go to medical appointments and do their grocery shopping. His longtime love of the Chicago Cubs and more than 30 years working for the postal service gave him the invaluable patience he displays in his volunteer work. Thank you, Tom!


DMCC programs and services depend on our incredible volunteers! To learn more about Tom or DMCC volunteer opportunities, visit

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