Wa-Rite Club

Where did January go? Suddenly Wa-Rite members had to face the “truth of the scale” and see if they had a loss. The scale was calibrated and those who complained that something was wrong with the scale were quiet.
Members lost a combined total of 64-1/2 pounds in January.
Queen of the month was Linda Barisoff with a six-pound loss. She continues to drop pounds at most meetings when weighed
Linda’s success is simply smaller portions and healthier choices.
Darleen Gardner, weight recorder, will use a concise and easier method to get members weighed.
Each member will announce their last name when they enter the weight room. If a member remembers their last weight, they tell the assistant weight recorder who can put it on the scale.
That will save time so everyone can get weighed before the meeting starts.
Betty Scharf presented a short program that allows members to helps themselves in losing pounds.
Some of the suggestions included picking an affirmation such as “I eat just the right amount of healthy food daily to hit my perfect weight.”
Say that between four and six times daily and write it at least once.
Keep cupboards and refrigerator free of problem foods and full of healthy meals and snacks. Love your body and care for it the best way you can.
 Wa-Rite meets every Friday.  Members weigh in from 7:45- 8:50 a.m., followed by the meeting from 9-10.Coffee and tea are available. 
– Betty Scharf

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 Leisure World 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 LW Pharmacy.
Dues of $3 a year are now payable. All shareholders are welcome to attend. 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.

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. 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. 17: Closed for Presidents’ Day holiday.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Chili con carne with onions and cheese, garden green salad with honey sesame dressing, cornbread muffin, fresh fruit.
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Potato soup, chicken breast with gravy, capri-blend vegetables, whole grain bread with margarine, tropical fruit mix.
Thursday, Feb. 20: Hawaiian-style tilapia, pineapple blend rice, sliced carrots, chocolate chip cookie, diet cookie.
Friday. Feb. 21: Vegetarian lasagna, 50/50 salad mix with Italian dressing, broccoli, canned fruit for salad.

Lunch with the Medical Director

Leisure World residents are invited to join Dr. Rudolf 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.

Health Center Class
Dr. Ramandeep Brar, a cardiologist at the Health Care Center, will give a class on atrial fibrillation at 1:30 p.m., today, Thursday at the HCC conference room. To make reservations, call 795 6204.
– Terri Furlow, HCC Administrator
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. The process takes about one hour.
Experience is not needed; volunteers will be trained.
The food is prepared at Los Alamitos Hospital and delivered to LWd Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
To volunteer, call 430-9056.

Long Beach Meals on Wheels

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 www.mowlb.org. Call 439-5000 before noon to cancel orders for the following day. Menu subject to change without notification.
Monday, Feb. 17
: Closed for Presidents’ day holiday
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Pizza baked pasta,with pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and zucchini, spinach salad, chocolate chip cookie, tuna salad sandwich, potato salad.
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Red wine-braised beef stew, mashed potatoes, peas, mixed green salad, peaches, ham and cheese sandwich, pasta salad.
Thursday, Feb. 20: Cuban pork roast, black beans and rice, mixed green salad, pineapple tidbits, turkey and Swiss sandwich, lentils and spinach salad.
Friday, Feb. 21
: Broccoli chicken macaroni and cheese casserole, peas and carrots, herb rice, mixed green salad, apple sauce, tuna salad sandwich, tomato cucumber salad.
Companion Hospice

Companion Hospice in Downey is recruiting volunteers for a few hours a week to help patients who live in Leisure World.
Volunteers provide much needed companionship.
They read to patients, write letters, visit, play cards, and/or games, listen to music, run errands, and provide caregiver relief help. They can make a difference in someone’s end of life journey.
Training will be held in LW at volunteers’ convenience.
Companion’s nurses, social workers and chaplains also go to LW to see hospice patients.
To volunteer, or for more information, contact Rita Riggs at 944-2711.

24-Hour Nurse
One of the best kept secrets in Leisure World is the Health Care Center’s 24- hour nurse program.
A registered nurse is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide Leisure World residents with free telephone information on health care questions.
She can answer LWers’ questions about blood pressure readings, blood sugar checks, medications, wound care and many other issues about physical or mental health. The nurse can also contact shareholders’ physicians if necessary.
The number to call is 795-6216.
For a small fee, the nurse will also make a home visit to do an assessment or order treatment for shareholders.
The community service is provided for all residents whether they use the services of the HCC’s primary care physicians or not.
Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
– Terri Furlow, Administrator

Leisure World Exercise Classes

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
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.

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
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
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.
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.
– Dorothy Anderson
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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 www.hlalongbeachlakewood.org.