Emergency Meals

Leisure World Emergency Meals is in need of volunteers.

Help is needed once or twice a month to deliver hot meals to shareholders.

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

To help, call 430-9056.

Exercise Classes

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.

Yoga

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

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.

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.

Movement for Health-Medical Qigong Club

The club is now meeting permanently in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 8 a.m. led 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 760-4545.

—Catherine Milliot

Pilates Club

Improve balance, strength, and coordination with these no-impact, fun classes for men and women Thursdays in Clubhouse 6: a chair class at 5:30 p.m. for beginners and mat class at 6:45 for people experienced in pilates or yoga.

Classes, $7 each, are taught by certified pilates instructors.

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

Low Impact Aerobic Classes

Classes taught by Sarah Grusmark are held Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 1. The classes, designed for all fitness levels, will improve flexibility, strength and endurance.

For more information, call Cheryl Zimmer, 430-9379.

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.

– Dorothy Anderson

Zumba Club

Zumba classes, $3 each, are available seven days a week. Saturday classes are at 11 a.m. Instructor is Stef Sullivan. Other classes: Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Mondays, 6:30 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 810-4266.

– Mary Romero

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.

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

Tai chi and Qigong

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

At 9 a.m., instructional 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

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

Dr. Haider Column

by Dr. Rudolph Haider

HCC Medical Director

Caregivers may not see themselves as people who care for someone who is sick or disabled. They’re just doing what is needed to help care for their mothers-in-law who have Alzheimer’s disease or close friends who had strokes.

But a caregiver can be a parent, sibling, close family member or friend who helps a loved one who is chronically ill or dying with activities of daily living that they cannot do for themselves.

Giving care may involve help with bathing, dressing, making meals, cleaning the house, doing yard work or going to the doctor. These added responsibilities can gradually edge one’s own needs to the point where the caregiver may start feeling overwhelmed, stressed or worn out.

That’s why it is important for caregivers to look after themselves, physically and emotionally, so they can continue to help someone else. The health professionals at the Health Care Center on Golden Rain Road offers these tips:

• Make personal your wellness a priority. Get scheduled check-ups, eat a balanced diet, and get plenty of rest. Regular exercise can raise energy, reduce stress and improve the attitude. Try for at least 30 minutes of physical activity four to six times a week.

• Stay organized. Caregiving can easily become another full-time job. Develop a schedule with the family to better manage all the demands. Include some recreational outings.

• Reach out to people who can help. There will be times when caregivers needs someone else to give them a break. Family members and friends sometimes may not know what the caregiver needs.

• Acknowledge feelings. Sometimes caregivers may feel sad, scared, angry, frustrated, guilty or lonely. Caring for a loved one who is chronically ill is never easy. However, if these feelings get in the way of their daily lives, they might need to talk with another family member, friend or spiritual leader to avoid stress-overload or depression.

• Join a support group. Talking with others about what caregivers go through can help. Some groups meet over the Internet and others are held in languages beside English.

A caregiver support group for people whose loved one has dementia meets from 10-11:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the HCC. All shareholders are welcome to attend.

This month’s meeting will be held Dec. 23 (this month only due to Christmas Eve falling on Tuesday.)

For more information about caregiver health, talk with a HCC doctor.

Wa-Rite Club

by Betty Scharf

LW contributor

Members of the Wa-Rite Club dine out once a year and have a good time. This year was no exception. Something special happens at these end-of-year “guilt-free frenzies.” Pounds lost this year are reported to members, who celebrate.For those who excelled, there are awards.

All those weeks of mindful, cautious, measured portions, and exercise has paid off for most members.

Queen of the year was Linda Barisoff, who lost 56 pounds. She was followed by Judy Chambers, 27-1/2; Pamela Smithson, 23- 1/1/2; Sherry Ginsberg and Sue Rotter, 19-1/2; Dorothy Boots and Jane Haas, 17; Carol Johnson, 15- 1/2; Mary McRaney, 15; Jeannine Robins,13; and Kay Dean, 11.

Seventeen others lost between five and 10 pounds. Nine members achieved their goals.

Nancy Pomicter has maintained her goal for one year and three others, for at least three years.

Wa-Rite helps Leisure World women who need to lose excess weight and educates members to maintain the losses.

Years of overeating have established a pattern of behavior that can be described as an addiction to food and eating.

Members meet at 9 a.m., Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

New members can join at the Jan. 3 meeting with $10 dues and begin a new slimmer and healthier lifestyle.

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.

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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 Linda Klein at (562) 430-1073, ext. 526. Bingo is played Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Monday, Dec. 23: Tomato barley soup, stuffed salmon boats with sauce, redskin potatoes, seasonal fresh fruit.

Closed the rest of the week for the holidays.