Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Important information on Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) a condition that causes patients with visual loss to have complex visual hallucinations, is now available in the Leisure World Library.
First described by Charles Bonnet in 1760, the condition has no apparent serious consequences.
A folder with three short articles on CBS is located at the receptionist’s desk at the library. They can be read and copied and the information therein can be discussed with an ophthalmologist.
Shareholders who want to contribute personal experiences with CBS episodes, can contact one of the researchers, Dr. Lylas G. Mogk at the Henry Ford Health Service in Michigan.
Her email address is:
lmoqkl and her mailing address is 15401 E. Jefferson, Gross Point, Michigan, 48230. Her phone number is 1-313-824-2401.
Those who call should leave their name and telephone number and say they are calling regarding about CBS.
She will return all calls when she is available.

Health Care Center report

Gina Evans, a respiratory therapy professional, will discuss Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at 1:30 p.m., today, Thursday, in the Health Care Center conference room.
In the class new to Leisure World, Ms. Evans will discuss the causes of the disease, how it is treated, and how it effects people’s lives.
Millions of adults in the United States have COPD. Most COPD is caused by smoking cigarettes. In fact, at least 75 percent of all COPD cases are caused by smoking.
To make reservations, call 795-6204.
– Terri Furlow, Administrator

Wa-Rite Club

by Betty Scharf
LW contributor

Wa-Rite’s new presidency under Carol Chambers started off with a bang at the meeting Jan. 30.
Everywhere one looked, there were more new faces. Carolyn Bennett and Beverly Bender were inducted into the club and Cynthia Choate rejoined. 
Sue Rotter lost an amazing 4 1/2 pounds during the week, and over-all,  Linda Barisoff has now dropped more than 60 pounds.
Wa-Rite continues to motivate, educate, and listen at these uplifting meetings.
Listening is a true gift members give each other.  They share their successes and disappointments, and are grateful that Wa-Rite is there to help as they try to relearn how to eat healthy. 
One of the long cherished programs “sharing day” again managed to be informative and fun. Some of the stories; 
• A cancer survivor told by her physician to free herself from stress, sugar, and beef
• Steamed vegetables are excellent with I Can’t Believe Its Butter spray
• No white food such as flour, sugar, or crackers
• Don’t eat after 6 p.m. 
• Always have prepared vegetables for snacks
• Count calories
• Cut down or eliminate unhealthy carbs such as white bread, ice cream, and desserts
• Use a step/mile counter to determine if you are active enough and use affirmations a least several times A day, such as  “I  am a thinner person.”
 Wa-Rite meets every Fridays.  Ladies who want to join should come by 8:30 am and bring the $10 dues. 
Members weighs from 7:45- 8:50, followed by the meeting from 9-10.
Medical Director’s Column

by Dr. Rudolph Haider
HCC Medical Director

The immune system is like an army, a network of cells and tissues throughout the r body that works together to defend against infection by invading bacteria, germs or viruses.
But sometimes problems arise within the ranks of the immune system and it starts to produce antibodies that attack healthy cells instead of protecting them.
Unfortunately, most autoimmune diseases do not go away. But symptoms can be managed so you can still lead a full, active life.
There are more than 80 known types of autoimmune diseases. Anyone can get them, but some people are at greater risk.They include women of childbearing age, those with a family history of autoimmune diseases, people of some races or ethnic backgrounds, and those exposed to certain environmental factors.
Many parts of the body can be affected by autoimmune diseases, such as the brain, eyes, spinal cord, lungs, stomach, joints, intestine, heart, skin, liver, kidney, ovaries, bladder and cervix.
Each autoimmune disease is unique and how it affects people depends on what part of the body is involved. Some diseases can appear in more than one area and cause symptoms that come and go.
Some of the more common autoimmune diseases:
• Type 1 diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks cells that make insulin, a hormone necessary to control blood sugar levels.
• Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. The most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
• Psoriasis causes new skin cells to rise too fast and accumulate on the skin surface.
• Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the lining of the joints throughout the body, causing painful, deformed joints and reduced movement.
• Systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus, can damage the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, and other parts of the body.
• Multiple sclerosis is a disease that causes the immune system to attack the protective coating around the nerves, resulting in damage affecting the brain and spinal cord.
The diagnosis of an autoimmune disease can be a long and arduous process because many symptoms are the same as those for other health conditions.
Once the disease is identified, treatment will focus on correcting any major deficiencies and decreasing the activity of the immune system.
For example, hormones may be prescribed to replace those not being produced by an affected gland, such as insulin in type 1 diabetes. Drugs may help control the disease process and preserve organ function.
Over-the-counter aspirin or ibuprofen can be taken to relieve mild pain. Swelling, depression, anxiety, sleep problems, fatigue or rashes, could require prescription medications.
Those living with an autoimmune disease, may consider eating healthy well-balanced meals, exercise on a regular basis, get enough sleep and reduce stress.
For more information, talk with your Health Care Center doctor or call 1-800-548-5559 for a free referral to a nearby physician.
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.
Monday, Feb. 10: Roast turkey and gravy, rice pilaf, country blend mix, cranberry sauce, whole grain bread and margarine, fresh fruit.
Tuesday, Feb. 11: Cheeseburger on wheat bun with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and onion; potato salad, coleslaw, melon.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: Vegetable soup with crackers, chicken with citrus sauce, orzo with vegetables, whole grain bread with margarine, fruit cocktail.
Thursday, Feb. 13: Tortilla soup with chips, pork chili verde, pinto beans, sour cream, flour tortilla, custard.
Friday. Feb. 14: Eggplant Parmesan, three-way salad mix, vinaigrette dressing, whole baby carrots, Parker House roll red velvet cake, fresh fruit.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB) a non-profit group, delivers a variety of home-cooked meals to Leisure World shareholders. Cost, $6.50 per day, $32.50 per week. Meals are delivered between 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Apply by phone or online. Contact Lisa Valdez at 433-0232 or visit Call 439-5000 before noon to cancel orders for the following day. Menu subject to change without notification.
Monday, Feb. 10: Barbecue pork loin with okra and tomato, mashed potatoes, mixed green salad, banana pudding, bologna and cheese sandwich, carrot slaw.
Tuesday, Feb. 11: Seared chicken breast with spinach and artichoke sauce, carrots, wild rice, mixed green salad, peaches, turkey and Swiss sandwich, garbanzo bean salad.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: Turkey and cabbage casserole, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, mixed green salad, apple sauce, chicken salad sandwich, pasta salad.
Thursday, Feb. 13: Garbanzo bean and vegetable tagine with basmati rice, cous cous, mixed green salad, lime jello, egg salad sandwich, potato salad.
Friday, Feb. 14: Chicken Alfredo pasta with mixed vegetables, caesar salad, oatmeal cookies, ham and cheese sandwich, southwest corn salad.

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.

LW Exercise Classes

Diabetic Club
Members will meet at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, in the Health Care Center conference room. Members are requested to attend to suggest topics for future meetings.
For more information about the club, call Paul Harrison at 598-0015.
– Paul Harrison
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.
or 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.
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.

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
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
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 Milliot at 760-4545.
– Catherine Millot
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
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.
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