Breakfast with Dr. Haider Shareholders are invited to breakfast with Dr. Rudolf Haider, medical director at the Health Care Center, Wednesday, May 28 from 8-9 a.m. in the HCC conference room
It will be an opportunity to meet him in a more casual setting. He will make a short presentation and then be available to answer questions.
To make reservations, call the Health Lecture hotline at 795- 6204.
Senior health classes, activities
No classes will be held Sunday and Monday, May 25-26 due to the holiday. They resume the following week, June 1-2.
Classes $3 each, are offered Saturday, at 11 a.m.; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.
Instructor is Stef Sullivan.
All classes are in Clubhouse 6 except Thursdays, when they are in Clubhouse 3. For more information, call Mary Romero at 431-0082.
– 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
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.
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
Viniyoga Therapy with Mat
A class is available from from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 6, Room A. All shareholders are welcome.
Viniyoga refers to the adaptation and application of yoga techniques to help people facing health challenges manage their conditions.
For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.
– Patti Endly
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.
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.
For more information, call Glady Horbay at 308-7221.
– Glady Horbay
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.
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.
Corrective and therapeutic non-impact classes are held Thursdays in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $7 per class.
Taught by certified Pilates instructors, the classes for men and women focus on strengthening core muscles to improve balance, strength and coordination. The chair class for beginners starts at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6 by the mat class, which requires Pilates or yoga experience.
For more information, call Susan Hopewell at 430-6044 or Linda Neer, 430-3214.
– Susan Hopewell
The Leisure Leggers, Leisure World’s walking and running club, meets every Monday at 7:30 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 304-0880.
– Tom Pontac
Health Care Center presentation
Monica Groves of OneLegacy, will make a presentation on organ donations at 1:30 p.m., June 5 at the Health Care Center conference room.
Ms. Groves is the multicultural community development coordinator at OneLegacy, a non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization serving the greater Los Angeles area.
As community outreach coordinator for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Ms. Groves developed a keen understanding of the complex social fabric of African American communities in the region.
Her background includes an M.A. degree in media communications and a diverse background in marketing and public relations.
She will present information about the organ donation process, the Donate Life California registry and how to sign up. She will also discuss outreach events, such as the Donate Life Run/Walk and the Rose Parade float.
On Thursday June 12, the HCC will present a Medicare education course on “low income subsidy” in the conference room.
A basic understanding will be provided on eligibility for the low income subsidy available to the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.
It also will include information on those who are automatically deemed eligible and those who must apply to determine eligibility. It will be presented by George Ekita and Joseph Barrantes.
To make reservations for either program, call the HCC hotline at 795-6204.
Impaired Vision and Hearing Club
Dr. Christopher Nguyen of the Centers For Family Medicine in Seal Beach, will discuss shingles May 27, when the Impaired Vision and Hearing Club meets at 2 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
Dr. Nguyen will describe shingles,the painful disease related to chicken pox.
He will answer questions related to prevention or treatment of shingles.
Shareholders who received forms for free telephones offered by the California Access Telephone Program (CTAP) are reminded to fill them out and bring them to the meeting.
Shareholders are welcome to attend, and bring a friend or neighbor.
Those who require transportation should call Security at 594-4754 24 hours in advance of the meeting to make reservations for the handicap bus service.
Refreshments will be served at the meeting, and 50/50 drawings are planned.
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, May 26: Both facilities closed in observance of Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 27: Pork chili verde, Spanish rice, carrot coins, tortilla, mandarin oranges.
Wednesday, May 28: Farmer’s market soup with crackers, turkey tetrazzini, broccoli, whole grain read and margarine. fresh fruit.
Thursday, May 29: Corn chowder soup. tuna salad sandwich on wheat bun, col;eslaw, ice cream, diet fresh fruit.
Friday, May 30: Chicken polynesian, seasoned-brown rice, Japanese-blend vegetables, fortune cookie, fresh fruit.
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, May 26: Closed in observance of Memorial Day.
Tuesday, May 27: Braised Italian beef, wild rice medley, steamed fresh broccoli, mixed green salad, oatmeal cookie, ham and cheese sandwich, homemade pasta salad.
Wednesday, May 28: Teriyaki glazed chicken, basmati rice, sugar snap peas,mixed green salad, pineapple tidbits, turkey and cheese sandwich, carrot slaw.
Thursday, May 29: Jamaican jerk pork, mashed sweet potatoes, french cut green beans, mixed green salad, chocolate pudding, chicken salad sandwich, herb bean salad.
Friday, May 30: Chicken and sausage jambalaya, simmered pinto beans, okra and tomato medley, mixed green salad, pineapple tidbits, egg salad sandwich, green bean salad.
Leisure World 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 and serve as hostesses.
Experience is not needed; volunteers will be trained and join other volunteers to learn routes.
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.
Help is needed once a week or once or twice a month.
For more information, call Joyce Garrison at 594-9602.
– Joyce Garrison
Thyroid Cancer Study
The dramatic increase in the incidence of thyroid cancer worldwide over the past three decades most likely relates to modifiable behavioral or environmental factors, as opposed to improved diagnostic capability.
That’s the opinion of researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) and Stanford University School of Medicine.
Thyroid cancer is increasing at an alarming rate in the population as a whole. The disease is now the fifth most common cancer in women, up from 14th most common 20 years ago.
The rate of this cancer in women doubled between 1990 and 2005. It increased by 66 percent in men during this time period.
Researchers at CPIC and Stanford conducted a broad study examining 22 years of incidence data across patients of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic levels.
Significant increases in thyroid cancer rates for men and women of all population groups and for all sizes and stages of tumors were noted.
“While improvements in diagnostic technology most likely account for some portion of this increase, our analysis points squarely to a role for non-genetic factors in our behavior or environment as significantly impacting the continued rise in thyroid cancer rates,” said aid CPIC Senior Scientist Pamela Horn-Ross, Ph.D., lead author of the study.”
The researchers conducted a comprehensive evaluation of factors including patient age, sex, race/ethnicity, birthplace; tumor size and stage at time of diagnosis; socio-economic status; and residence in an ethnic enclave. An ethnic enclave is defined as a neighborhood that is ethnically and culturally distinct from the surrounding region, with greater co-ethnic social support and maintenance of native diets and lifestyles. The inclusion of trends by birthplace and ethnic enclave expands upon previous studies where this information was not available.
Among the various types of thyroid cancer, papillary is by far the most common, accounting for more than 80 percent of the cases diagnosed in both men and women.
The incidence of papillary thyroid cancer has increased significantly in both genders between 1988 and 2009, (the last year for which data was available at the time the study was conducted), with an accelerated increase in women after 2001. Women also experienced an increase in follicular thyroid cancer, but not other types of thyroid cancer, the researchers noted.
– Cancer Prevention Institute of California