Low Vision/Hearing Impaired Club
The Lo Vision Hearing Impaired Club will meet at 2 p.m., May 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
Dr. Christopher Nguyen, on staff at the Centers For Family Medicine in the Seal Beach Shopping Center, will be speaker.
He will discuss shingles, the painful disease related to chicken pox.
Formerly a member of the staff at the Health Care Center, Dr. Nugyen 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.
The LVHI Club has enjoyed record attendance at its meetings, an indication that topics of interest have been provided.
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.
Dr. Haider Column
by Dr. Rudolph Haider
HCC Medical Director
Shingles is a disease caused by the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chicken pox.
About two in 10 people will develop shingles during their lifetime. The virus stays dormant in the body until it is reactivated.
Sometimes the virus is activated through stress or trauma; however, some research suggests that shingles also can run in families. Knowing a person’s family history can allow them to be aware of the symptoms and effects of shingles.
The most obvious symptom of shingles is pain, accompanied by a rash. The rash begins with small, red bumps, which eventually become blisters.
With treatment the rash goes away, but the pain can last longer. In some cases, the pain associated with shingles can last days, months, or years after the rash disappears.
To help with the pain an over-the-counter medication could be recommended by a physician. Medicated lotions or cool compresses may help reduce the pain and itching.
Shingles can also be treated with antiviral medications. It’s important to see a physician as soon as possible to determine the best method of treatment.
Those treated early for shingles have a greater chance for complete recovery and less pain. Steroids are also prescribed by some doctors to help with the swelling and pain.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend shingles vaccine for people age 60 and over, even if they have had prior episodes of shingles.
As a result of shingles, serious health consequences can develop, and the risk of developing other problems rises after the age of 60. The vaccine may reduce the occurrence of shingles in older adults or at-risk families.
Talk to your Health Care Center physician if you think you may have shingles.
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. Bingo is played Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Monday, May 12: Cheese enchiladas with red sauce, pinto beans, four-way salad mix with dressing, honeydew melon.
Tuesday, May 13: Fish with mango sauce, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, fresh fruit.
Wednesday, May 14: Vegetable soup and crackers, chicken breast and Swiss cheese sandwich on wheat bun, marinated vegetable salad, butterscotch pudding, diet pudding.
Thursday, May 15: Beef pot roast and gravy, mashed potatoes, whole baby carrots, dinner roll and margarine, apple pie and ice cream, fresh fruit.
Friday, May 16: Crab Newburg over pasta, garden salad with Italian dressing, roll and margarine, brownie, fresh fruit.
Health Care Lecture on Medicare
Medicare 101, a lecture on the basic understanding of Medicare, will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, May 9, in the Health Care Center conference room.
The lecture will be an excellent resource available for learning more about Medicare, eligibility, open enrollment and Medicare Advantage plans.
The speakers will be Joseph Barrantes and George Ekita, licensed health insurance specialists through California.
To make reservations for the program, call the HCC hotline at 795-6204.
– Terri Furlow, Administrator
Senior Health and Exercise Classes
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, 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 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 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 431-0082.
– 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.
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 a.m., followed by an explanation of the moves until 10:30.
For more information, call Jerry Cohen, instructor, at 596-7528.
– Jerry Cohen
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. The first class is free, then $4 after that.
Viniyoga refers to the adaptation and application of yoga techniques to help people facing health challenges manage their conditions.
For more information, call Patti Endley at 430-7291.
– Patti Endley
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.
Long Beach Senior 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 12: Homemade Italian-style meatballs, marinara garlic pasta, roasted zucchini mixed green salad, mandarin oranges,turkey and cheese sandwich, tomato and cucumber salad
Tuesday, May 13: Cuban style pork, roasted black beans, fresh cut green beans, mixed green salad, fruit cocktail, turkey and cheese sandwich, carrot slaw.
Wednesday, May 14: Kielbasa sausage with gravy, seasoned egg noodles, braised cabbage, mixed green salad, chocolate pudding, chicken salad sandwich, pasta salad.
Thursday, May 15: Roasted rosemary chicken, buttermilk mashed potatoes, french cut green beans, mixed green salad, fruit gelatin, egg salad sandwich, lentil and spinach salad.
Friday, May 16: Maple glazed baked ham, au gratin potatoes, steamed fresh cauliflower, mixed green salad, pineapple tidbits, tuna salad sandwich, green bean salad.
Wa-Rite Diet Club
by Betty Scharf
At the Wa-Rite Club meeting May 4, a report by Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, was discussed.
It indicated that obesity rates appear to have leveled off since 2005.
However, one out of three children or teens and two out of three adults still weigh enough to put their health at risk.
There are still many ways to eliminate unhealthy foods.
Dr. Jacobson has some suggestions for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
• Make labels in larger type and more realistic serving sizes
• Create advertisements to replace junk foods with fruits and vegetables.
• Put warning labels on soft drinks.
• Improve foods in government cafeterias and vending machines.
A month ago, researchers said saturated fats were good in healthy amounts.
Now an Amsterdam expert on diet says that research is based on the dairy industry’s intent on making sure milk fat is healthy.
The Wa-Rite club is a group of women trying to establish more healthy habits, break old ones that lead to obesity, and keep up with the latest information on health eating.
Darleen Gardner and Marilyn Haines were the top losers last. losing 2-1/2 pounds.
Top losers for April were Patsy Steel, 10 pounds; Marelina Bevins, 9-1/2; and Judy Chambers, seven pounds.
Alba Powell earned her master of goal weight honor and Jana Rogers, Patsy Steele and Mamie McGee won short terms goals honors.
The club lost a combined 62 pounds in April.
Women with at least 10 pounds to lose are welcome to join the club.
Meetings are Fridays at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins begin at 7:30.
New member candidates should be there at 8:30 Visitors may attend two meetings.
For more information, call Judy Chambers at 430-9966