GAF Spotlight

by Anna Derby

LW contributor

About 120 residents attended a presentation on healthy aging given by California State University, Long Beach, faculty member Dr. Barbara White on April 12.

The goals of the program, sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation (GAF), were to share the GAF story in Leisure World, to educate residents about the value of volunteerism and to increase the GAF volunteer staff.

Guests were welcomed with a slide show designed by Anna Derby and Gui Baker showing GAF volunteers in action.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by a retired service member, GAF President Joyce Vlaic gave an overview of the history, purpose, and current programs and projects GAF provides to Leisure World.

Dr. White’s presentation systematically outlined the value of volunteerism, focusing on the connection between helping others and gaining personal health benefits in the process.

Following a question-and-answer period, those who attended visited five program display tables where they talked with GAF volunteers and board members.

They also sampled finger food provided by Dona Nickels and her refreshment team.

More than 20 people signed up as potential new volunteers. GAF services to the Leisure World community are provided entirely by volunteer shareholders.

A variety of volunteer roles are available, including jobs that can be done at home.

For more about becoming a GAF volunteer, call 431-9589.

Health Care Center Lecture

Medicare 101, a lecture on the basic understanding of Medicare, will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m., May 8, in the Health Care Center conference room.

The lecture will be an excellent resource available for learning more about Medicare, eligibility, open enrollment and Medicare Advantage plans.

The speakers will be Joseph Barrantes and George Ekita, licensed health insurance specialists through California.

To make reservations for the program, call the HCC hotline at 795-6204.

Senior Meals

Community SeniorServ (CSS) offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center opens at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, for coffee. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:30. Arrive by 11 a.m. to register and find a seat. Sugar-free desserts are offered on request. Karaoke music is scheduled Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079 between 9-11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Call 439-3699, to schedule free bus pick-up.


The Los Alamitos senior lunch and bread program offers the same menu from 11:15-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday at the Los Alamitos Youth Center, 10909 Oak St. Suggested donation: $3-$5 for seniors, $5 for people 59 or younger. For reservations, call 430-1073, ext. 526. Bingo is played Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Monday, May 5: Vegetable soup and crackers, parmesan chicken with marinara sauce, pasta, dinner roll, pineapple chunks.

Tuesday, May 6: Fiesta soup and crackers, beef taco with lettuce, cheese, tomato and salsa picante, flour tortilla, custard.

Wednesday, May 7: Tilapia and Vera Cruz sauce, couscous salad, carrot coins, roll and margarine, apple crisp, orange/pineapple juice.

Thursday, May 8: Boneless pork chop with orange sauce, mashed potatoes, chuckwagon corn, fresh fruit in season.

Friday, May 9: Stuffed cabbage, garlic seasoned rice, chef cut vegetables, roll and margarine, lemon meringue pie, diet fruit pie.

Wa-Rite Club

by Betty Scharf

LW contributor

Members of the Wa-Rite Club look forward to their Friday morning meetings. They are even willing to get up a little early to be weighed and be ready for the 9 a.m. meeting.

Last week they welcomed new members Melinda Lee and Lyn Kelly.

President Carol Chambers began the program with presentations titled “Eat Fresh and Keep Moving” and “Stress Less and Smile More.”

Last week, members lost a combined 30 pounds.

Patsy Steele dropped five. She’s the club’s expert on juicing vegetables, fruit and other foods.

Patsy has help from a special supporter, her husband. He supports Patsy in every way, even following the juicing plan to lose some excess weight himself.

Since Friday was sharing day, members discussed their knowledge, stories they read, and humor.

Earthquake preparedness was a hot topic. Not having access to snacks and food at home strikes terror in members’ minds.

One good suggestion was that in case of an earthquake, members should call family members on their cell phones and say only a code letter such as first name initial to indicates they are safe.

Members are using the fair weather to get into such physical activities as swimming, walks, etc.

It helps the body in many ways to lose weight and relieve stress and depression.

Members meet Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The cost to join is $10 a year with penalties for weight gains.

Ladies must have at least 10 pounds to lose and have a resident identity card.

Call Judy Chambers for information at 430-9966.

LW weekly exercise and health classes

Diabetic Club

Members will meet at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, in the Health Care Center conference room.

For more information about the club, call Paul Harrison at 598-0015.

– Paul Harrison

Parkinson’s Support Group

The group will meet at 1:30 p.m., May 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Speaker Michael Majancsik of Chiropractic Wellness in Long Beach, will discuss exercise and nutrition to assist Parkinson’s patients slow down and reduce problems associated with the progression of the disease.

For more information, call Mary Ferrell at 430-8181.

– Mary Ferrell

Line Dance

Classes are available for beginners at 10:30 a.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 1. First-time beginners classes are scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6, upstairs, and beginners to EZ level, 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Clubhouse 6, upstairs.

For more information, call Barbara Magie, 596-4690.

Pilates Club

Corrective and therapeutic non-impact classes are held Thursdays in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $7 per class.

Taught by certified Pilates instructors, the classes for men and women focus on strengthening core muscles to improve balance, strength and coordination.

The chair class for beginners starts at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6 by the mat class, which requires Pilates or yoga experience.

For more information, call Susan Hopewell at 430-6044 or Linda Neer, 430-3214.

– Susan Hopewell

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 6 upstairs.

Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter, thought-sharing, and the slow and steady flow of tai chi movements.

A special meditation for relief, healing and energy ends the class.

For more information, contact Ron Kellet at 493-6719.


Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4, Room A; Thursdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The fee is $5 per session.

For more information, call Glady Horbay at 308-7221.

– Glady Horbay

Monday Yoga

Classes are offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 4, Section C; fee: $5 per session.

For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273.

– Pat Castaneda

Viniyoga Therapy with Mat

A class is available from from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 6, Room A. All shareholders are welcome. The first class is free, then $4 after that.

Viniyoga refers to the adaptation and application of yoga techniques to help people facing health challenges manage their conditions.

For more information, call Patti Endley at 430-7291.

– Patti Endley

Walking Group

The group meets at 4 p.m. every Monday in front of the Amphitheater for a one-hour walk. The activity is not strenuous, but residents should check with their doctors if they have been recently ill.

Bad weather will cancel the walk. For more information, call 799-3841.

– Flo Dartt

Upper Body Strength Class

One-hour classes are offered at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Clubhouse 6. The fee is $4 per class, payable at the start of the month, or $5 a class for those who do not attend regularly.

For more information, call 493-0609.

Tai chi and Qigong

Classes are held Mondays in Clubhouse 4, Room 3, right side.

At 9 a.m., instruction begins in tai chi, which helps with balance and has been taught in Leisure World since 1997.

Qigong, a general health exercise, starts at about 9:45, followed by an explanation of the moves until 10:30.

For more information, call Jerry Cohen, instructor, at 596-7528.

– Jerry Cohen

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Chih

Stick exercises, qigong and tai chi chih classes meet Tuesdays from 9:15-11 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call Joann Mullens, 596-3936.

Zumba Club

Zumba classes $3 each, are offered seven days a week. Saturday classes are at 11 a.m. Instructor is Stef Sullivan.

Other classes: Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Mondays, 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.

All classes are in Clubhouse 6 except Thursdays, when they are in Clubhouse 3. For more information, call Mary Romero at 431-0082.

– Mary Romero

Movement for Health-Medical Qigong Club

Thursday classes are held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 9-10 a.m. except the fourth Thursday when the class will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, also at the same time.

Classes are taught by qigong practitioner Dave Heilig.

It’s a no-impact class with a focus on joint health, stress relief, pain reduction and wellness breathing techniques.

Non-impact movements can be performed in a standing or seated position.

For more information, call Catherine Millot at 760-4545.

– Catherine Millot

Leisure Leggers

The Leisure Leggers, Leisure World’s walking and running club, meets every Monday at 8 a.m. in front of Clubhouse 6 for a 30-to-60-minute walk and to train for local races.

For more information, call Tom Pontac at 430-5777.

– Tom Pontac

LW Emergency Meals

Leisure World Emergency Meals is in need of volunteers, especially on Fridays, once or twice a month to deliver hot meals to shareholders.

Experience is not needed; volunteers will be trained.

The food is prepared at Los Alamitos Hospital and delivered to Leisure World Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To help, call 430-9056.