Credits and Kudos

Credits & Kudos must include the writer’s name and mutual, and will be edited for brevity. Mention of a business or service is not an endorsement or recommendation by the LW News or Golden Rain Foundation.

Mutual 11 resident Hazel Dohl thanks the Golden Rain Foundation for arranging to have the shredding company come to Leisure World recently to have residents’ papers properly destroyed. Hats off to everyone at the GAF for making it happen.

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William McCready of Mutual 5 had high praise for singers Valentino Perry, Bruce Pulemi, and Christina Lynn, who performed at a recent concert.

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Phyllis Poper is grateful to Martha Destra for her comprehensive Mutual 14 budget report and to Valerie Jorgensen for her money saving research on replacement of laundry room washing machines.

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Kay Matthews of Mutual 2 thanks the women who donated yarn for her knitting projects for the homeless for the non-profit organization, Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG). Special thanks to Sherie Vanek and Yvette Perdue who also knit and crochet caps, scarves and baby blankets for HHUG with the yarn.

Safety, Emergency Coordinator’s Column

by Eloy Gomez

Safety/Emergency Coordinator

Now is the perfect time of the year to go for a walk to visit friends, run errands, exercise or simply walk along the different mutuals to enjoy the beautiful gardens in the community.

But let’s review a few safety tips for shareholders before they prepare for their walks.

• Always use sidewalks and avoid walking on greenbelts since pop-up garden sprinklers that do not retract after watering poseg a tripping hazard that could result in a fall.

• When walking near a road, remember to walk facing oncoming traffic, so that you and driver can see each other.

• When crossing a street using a pedestrian crosswalk, make sure to stop and look for traffic in all directions (look to the left, to the right, and left again) before leaving the curb. Continue to look for traffic in both directions while crossing.

• Be alert when crossing a busy intersection. Don’t rely only on traffic signs or signals. Always look for traffic even in a crosswalk and crossing on a green light. A driver who may not see or obey a traffic sign or signal may also not be paying enough attention to see pedestrians.

• Pay extra precaution to vehicles making right turns at intersections since most motorists tend to look to the left for oncoming traffic. That draws attention away from pedestrians.

• Walking with a friend or neighbor will add to the pleasure of walks and increase safety as long as you are watching out for each other. Enjoy the conversation, but don’t let it distract you from watching out for road and traffic hazards while walking across a street.

• For those who enjoy walking early in the morning, late evening or night hours,use a flashlight to make yourself more visible to drivers and to help light your path.

It’s also a good idea to wear reflective or retro-reflective material, which reflect light when headlights shine on them and can be seen by drivers three times farther that white material.

Many stores sell walking shoes, jackets, and safety sports equipment featuring retro-reflective material.

Always be on the lookout for uneven surfaces. Keep in mind that sidewalk surfaces change on a daily basis due to ground shaking, erosion, tree roots, and normal wear and tear.

If you should find uneven sidewalk surfaces that may pose a trip hazard to you and others, report them to your Mutual Director or Eloy Gomez, GRF Safety and Emergency Coordinator, 431-6586, ext. 356.

Letters to the Editor

Editor:

I would like to express appreciation for the wonderful concert performed April 19 by the Leisure World Orchestra. I have lived in LW for 12 years and am especially fond of music.

In the last few years, something was not quite right with performances. The orchestra now has a wonderful new conductor, Rae J. Boeving. It was obvious in the first minute of the concert that she is indeed highly qualified. Her way of speaking and professional attitude, holding the baton and perfection directing a certain section or person in the group were amazing.

The choice of music was lovely, a great variety. Many members of the orchestra have been part of the group for years. Their talents have obviously been enhanced by Ms. Boeving.

Thanks to all of the members of the orchestra. Those who missed the concert should think seriously about watching the LW News for its next one and be there to enjoy it. I will never miss any of the group’s performances.

Ron Vogler

Mutual 4

Editor:

The downtown cafe was a great idea. Besides good food at a reasonable price, it has developed into a wonderful meeting place.

Opening at 5 a.m. is just icing on the cake. I’m sure a lot of residents can’t sleep or wake up early for a number of reasons and finally have a place to go for breakfast or a cup of coffee at 5 a.m.

Vic Childress

Mutual 5

Editor:

I am writing in response to the letter (The News, April 24) that urges bicyclists in Leisure World to ride in the street.

I must strenuously object. Instead, bicycle riders should be allowed to ride on the sidewalk if they want to.

A collision between a bicyclist and car or truck could easily result in grievous injury or death. An accident between a bicycle and pedestrian on the sidewalk could result in injury but probably not a fatality.

Bicyclists should be urged to have working brakes and a working horn or bell and use them. Bicyclists can reasonably be expected to operate the bicycle in a calm and responsible manner.

However, bicyclists should not be forced to ride in the street.

Jana Rogers

Mutual 7

Editor:

In a letter to the editor (The News, April 24), a Seal Beach city councilman bemoans the aggressiveness of coyotes running around our community and describes all the measures being taken to halt the coyote intrusion.

He admonishes that Security should be called if we see anyone feeding coyotes, and states “yes, there actually are folks living here with absolutely no common sense.”

He also expresses amazement by writing, “Leisure World is like living out in the country. Squirrels scream at my wife if she misses their daily peanut ration. (Don’t tell anyone she does that okay?)”

In the natural order of animal life, there is a food chain. If squirrels and other wildlife are fed, more squirrels and rabbits appear, and guess what happens? We get more coyotes.

As he wrote, “coyotes do what coyotes do.” You get that, councilman?

If so, please tell your wife, and I promise not to tell anyone you did so, okay?

Mary Milhone

Mutual 2

Editor:

St. Mary Low Vision Center hosted a philanthropic luncheon April 10 that I attended with some other LWers.

The lovely room was decorated. There were round table cloths with elegant bouquets, and everything was festive, including beautiful musical entertainment.

Several speakers discussed how to maintain healthy vision, and I met lots of friends from Long Beach. The talks, followed by the questions and answers, were interesting and educational.

A delicious and nutritious catered meal was served by courteous waiters and waitresses.

Everyone enjoyed socializing, and I was lucky enough to win the bouquet on our table. What a heartwarming way to celebrate good health.

Lisa A. Dickson

Mutual 1

Outside the Wall Column

by Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15

Legislative Advocate Emeritus/ OC Ombudsman

 This is a “time-sensitive” advisory for the shareholders who have family, friends or neighbors living in long-term nursing homes or assisted living facilities in Orange County (or other counties).

Last month the Assembly budget subcommittee on health and human services heard many requests that the $3.8 million funding previously eliminated from the state budget in 2008 by the former governor needs to be restored.

Restoration would ensure that local long-term care ombudsman would have stable and reliable sources of funding to effectively carry out their required state statutory responsibilities.

 The subcommittee did not make a decision on the funding request, but left the matter open for future action. The subcommittee was reminded that approval to restore the $3.8 million will reaffirm the promise made by the Legislature in previously approved Legislation to ensure continued stable funding for this vital program.

On May 14, Gov. Brown will present his revised/updated budget for the 2014/15 fiscal year to the legislature. The budget subcommittee will be working to finalize its recommendations to the full Budget Committee for approval and final action by the full Assembly.  The deadline for final approval of the budget by both houses of the legislature is June 15.

 Concerned shareholders should promptly let our legislators know how they feel (in support) on this important issue:

•  The Honorable Travis Allen, assemblymember.allen@assembly.ca.gov. Fax (916) 319-2172.

• The Honorable Allan Mansoor, assemblymember.mansoor@assembly.ca.gov Fax (916) 319-2174.

• The Honorable Shirley N. Weber, budget sub-committee chair assemblymember.weber@assembly.ca.gov Fax (916) 319-2179.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Report

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), has compiled a list of the most important legal documents that every American should have.

NAELA is a non-profit association of attorneys serving seniors and the disabled.

The documents:

• Power of attorney (POA): Grants authority to act for another person in legal matters, executed prior to incapacity. A properly drafted power of attorney may preclude the need for court action, saving substantial legal expense and invasion of privacy in the event of incapacity.

• Health care proxy: Also known as a health care surrogate or durable power of attorney, allows the patient to appoint an agent to make health care decisions.

• Living will/advance directive: Helps clarify health care desires to family members and medical professionals they cannot communicate with due to serious illness or injury. Laws about these documents vary from state to state.

• Last will and testament: Statement of what you would like done with your possessions at the time of death.

NAELA attorneys are trained in working with seniors’ legal problems.

– From NAELA