Senior Health, exercise classes 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 else who has, are encouraged to attend.
For more information, call Sharon Kohn at 596-1969.
– Sharon Kohn
No classes will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 25-26. Zumba classes $3 each, are offered Saturday, at 11 a.m. Instructor is Stef Sullivan.
Other classes: are 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
Early Risers Club
Cardio workouts are held at 6 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. There is no charge.
For more information, call (310) 489-2390.
– Peggy Beste
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
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.
– Ron Kellet
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.
– Tom Pontac
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 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.
– Pat Castaneda
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
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
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.
– Patti Endley
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
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
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
Dr. Haider Column
by Dr. Rudolph Haider
HCC Medical Director
Some health conditions traditionally have been associated more with men and some with women. Heart disease, for example, is frequently linked with men, although studies have shown that American women are four to six times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer.
Likewise, depression, which was once considered a “woman’s disease,” is experienced by more than six million men in the United States each year.
The Health Care Center physicians know that depression can affect men who are from all walks of life, from police officer to executive, student to construction worker.
The condition can disrupt relationships, interfere with work, cause financial problems, and even lead to thoughts of suicide. Men may become more vulnerable to depression if they have recently experienced the loss of a loved one, serious illness, marriage breakdown, or job loss.
Unfortunately, men often go undiagnosed for a number of reasons.
• Due to cultural expectations, men tend to be reluctant to discuss their feelings because they are supposed to “be strong.”
• Men are more likely to talk about physical symptoms related to depression, such as fatigue, rather than their emotions.
• Men often are unwilling to discuss problems with sexuality caused by depression.
• Men may not show the textbook signs of depression, such as sadness or crying.
• Men may worry about the stigma of depression damaging their careers or causing them to lose the respect of others.
Symptoms of depression may vary from person to person and change over time. However, men who are depressed may become more irritable and aggressive, express inappropriate anger, engage in risky behavior, abuse alcohol or drugs or become overly involved in work or sports.
Physical symptoms can include higher cholesterol levels, ulcers, elevated blood pressure, and pain. The HCC physician is someone to be trusted and confided in.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are four times more likely than women to commit suicide. While more women attempt suicide, men are more likely to end their lives. Approximately 80 percent of suicides committed in the United States are by men.
Depression can be successfully treated. Options include antidepressant medications, counseling, psychotherapy or a support group.
Working with a mental health provider can help men feel not so isolated. They can learn how to set realistic goals; reaching out for emotional support; and postpone important decisions until symptoms of depression improve.
For more information about depression in men, talk with a doctor or call 493-9581 for a free referral to a specialist.
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, formerly on staff at the Health çare Center, will describe shingles,the painful disease related to chicken pox.
Dr. Nguyen 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.
Those who require transportation should call Security at 594-4754 at least 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. Bingo is played Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Monday, May 19: Roast turkey and gravy, whipped sweet potatoes, Scandinavian-blend vegetables, whole grain bread and margarine, cantaloupe.
Tuesday, May 20: Vegetarian pasta soup and crackers, egg salad sandwich on wheat bun, fiesta tomato salad, fresh fruit.
Wednesday, May 21: Meatloaf and burgundy sauce, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, vanilla pudding, diet vanilla pudding.
Thursday, May 22: Holly Farm chicken, Boston baked beans, coleslaw, roll and margarine, watermelon.
Friday, May 16: Creamy tomato soup, macaroni and cheese, carrot and broccoli combo, whole grain bread and margarine, tropical fruit mix.
by Betty Scharf
Wa-Rite is a club about education and weight loss with maintenance to stay at a goal weight. The subject is serious, but members do have fun.
Frances Rosenblatt stayed at her goal weight for a year to achieve master of goal weight status.
Most members will share that staying at one’s goal weight is as difficult as it was to lose excess pounds.
New member Melinda Lee lost 4-1/2 pounds to win top loser of the week laurels.
Welcome to Sharon Van Otterloo, who joined the club.
Patsy Steele and husband, Scott, presented their weight loss plan and discussed their success with a juicing plan that is primarily vegetarian.
They purchased a quiet and productive juicer that removes most of the juice from a variety of vegetables and fruit of all colors.
They occasionally use nuts and eggs for added protein. Since many dieters have problems getting the recommended vegetables/fruits into their daily intake, the juicer can be a healthy adjunct to the food plan.
Fruit may cause sugar problems for diabetics, and the green vegetables to people who take Coumadin, the blood-thinning medication.
The juice can provide a way to increase vegetable and fruit needs.
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.
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.
Monday, May 19: Barbecue chicken, macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetable medley, mixed green salad, peaches, ham and cheese sandwich, coleslaw.
Tuesday, May 20: Beef enchilada casserole, braised pinto beans, vegetable medley, mixed green salad, peaches, turkey and cheese sandwich, German potato salad.
Wednesday, May 21: Salisbury turkey with gravy, homemade mashed potatoes, green peas, green salad, raisin cookie, turkey/ cheese sandwich, three bean salad.
Thursday, May 22: Glazed roasted pork, mashed sweet potatoes, peas/carrots, mixed green salad, chocolate cake, tuna sandwich, carrot slaw.
Friday, May 23: Baked tilapia with lemon dill sauce, herb cous cous, carrot medley, mixed green salad, turkey and cheese sandwich, spinach salad.