Impaired Vision and Hearing Club

The Impaired Vision and Hearing Club will meet at 2 p.m., Feb. 25, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The program will feature Mary Powell, (R.PHi) pharmacist at the Health Care Center Pharmacy.
She will answer shareholders’ questions about medications.
After attending Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Mary moved to Southern California.
She has been practicing pharmacy for the last 30 years, including eight at the HCC Pharmacy.
Dues of $3 a year are now payable. Meetings are informative, friendly and fun.
Each month, refreshments are served and 50-50 drawings are held.
Residents who need transportation to the meeting should contact Gates and Patrol by Feb. 24 to make a reservation for a ride on the handicapped bus. The number is 594-4754.
The club presents a variety of programs throughout the year.
Speakers are available to answer questions.
– Joan Shramek
Lunch with Dr. Haider

Leisure World residents are invited to join Dr. Rudolph Haider for lunch from noon-1 p.m., Feb. 26, in the Health Care Center conference room.
Dr. Haider, HCC medical director, will make a short presentation and take questions.
Call the Health Lecture hotline at 795 6204 to make reservations.
Wa-Rite Club

by Betty Scharf
LW contributor

Members of the Wa-Rite celebrated Valentine’s Day Feb. 14 by focusing on their hearts and how to treat them with loving care.
Dr. Dean Ornish proved years ago that people can clean up their clogged arteries by a eating a very low fat diet.
The problem arose, however, when people could not stay on the diet for long periods. Lipitor became the favorite drug of choice to lower cholesterol and thus control the plaque in arteries. Unfortunately, the Lipitor produced serious side effects.
The heart’s action is mainly pumping oxygenated blood into the systemic circulation after going through the lungs and absorbing fresh oxygen and removing carbon dioxide from the lungs to be released in exhaling respiration.
The heart is a specialized “pump” that eventually wears out, and even faster with an unhealthy diet.
Fast forward to 2014 when physicians are learning more about diseases of the heart.
Research now looks at healthy fat versus unhealthy fats. Most heart problems stem from how people have been fed as children or how they eat as adults. Many adults have ignored the warning of diseased hearts.
Heart attacks, high blood pressure, edema in the legs, tissue inflammation, and dementia all find a fertile field in peoples’ bodies.
Wa-Rite educates its members who want to lose weight. Dropping excessive weight can give people 10-20 more years of a high quality lifestyle, or they can suffer the consequences.
Many people still have time to take charge of their health, hour- by-hour, day-by-day, month-by- month and year-by-year.
Join members Fridays at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1
Members must be legal residents of Leisure World and have at least 10 pounds to lose.

Dr. Haider’s Column

by Dr. Rudolph Haider
HCC Medical Director

Depression is more than a blue day or feeling in a slump, it’s a medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.
Depression can also cause physical symptoms. Sometimes it’s called major depression, major depressive disorder and clinical depression.
It affects how one feels, thinks and behaves. Depression isn’t a weakness, nor is it something someone can just snap out of.
Depression is a chronic illness that usually requires long-term treatment. However, this shouldn’t discourage someone with depression, because after counseling or other treatments most people see an improvement.
The exact cause of depression isn’t known, but as with many mental illnesses, it appears to be a variety of factors including:
• Biological differences
• Faulty neurotransmitters
• Hormones
• Inherited traits
• Traumatic life events
Untreated depression can take a toll on individuals and families, resulting in emotional, behavioral and health problems that affect all areas of life.
Complications can include:
• Alcohol and substance abuse
• Anxiety
• Family conflicts
• Social isolation
• Suicide
To be diagnosed with depression, an individual must meet five or more of the symptom criteria laid out by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. At least one of the symptoms must be either a depressed mood or loss of interest of pleasure.
Those include:
• Depressed mood most of every day, such as feeling sad.
• Diminished interest or feeling no pleasure in most activities
• Significant weight loss when not dieting, weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day.
• Insomnia or increased desire to sleep nearly every day
• Noticeable restlessness or slowed behavior
• Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
• Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day
• Trouble making decisions, or trouble thinking or concentrating nearly every day
• Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or a suicide attempt
With treatment, depression can be controlled. Because it’s often undiagnosed, a doctor may ask questions to create an assessment that can rule out other problems, pinpoint a diagnosis and check for related complications.
That may include a physical exam, laboratory tests (blood test to check complete blood count to test thyroid functioning) and a psychological evaluation. In some instances, a doctor will prescribe medications to relieve depression symptoms.
The health professionals at the Health Care Center know that depression can seriously impair a person’s ability to function in everyday situations, but it is possible to recover.
For more information, talk to your doctor or call the HCC for a referral to a doctor near you at 493-9581.
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. 24: Sweet and tangy pork, steamed white rice, oriental blend vegetables, applesauce.
Tuesday, Feb. 25: Potato-crusted fish with tartar sauce, seasoned couscous salad, green beans, apple crisp, diet crisp.
Wednesday, Feb. 26: Turkey pot roast, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, whole grain bread with margarine, apricots.
Thursday, Feb. 27: Minestrone soup, spaghetti and meatballs, 50/50 salad mix with Italian dressing, melon in season.
Friday. Feb. 28: Chicken breast with herb gravy, rice pilaf, spinach, spice cake, diet cake, orange juice.

Senior Exercise Classes in Leisure World

Living With Vision Loss

Members will meet tomorrow, Friday, from 10-11:30 a.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. People who have problems with failing vision or know of someone who does, are encouraged to attend.
Beginning March 3, and every Monday in March, low vision wellness classes will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m., in the Clubhouse 1 Lobby. All are invited for information, gadgets and more.
For more information, call Sharon Kohn at 596-1969.
– Sharon Kohn
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.
more information, call Glady Horbay at 308-7221.
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

mprove 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.
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.
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
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, 6:30 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
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., 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

Hearing Loss Association

A free hands-on technology demonstration of hearing assisted devices will be held from 10 a.m.-noon, Feb. 21, at Weingart Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood.
The event is sponsored by the Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter.
Sam Moghadam, hearing instrument specialist from Ascent Hearing Center ,will be available to help people with their hearing aids at no cost.
No reservations are necessary, and admission is free.
Light refreshments are served.
For more information on any HLAA program, call 438-0597 or visit