Companion Hospice Training Enrollment and introduction to becoming a volunteer at Companion Hospice will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Health Care Center. Applicants will receive orientation and training in Downey.
Volunteers are needed for a few hours a week to help patients living in Leisure World.
They can provide companionship and read to patients.
To volunteer, or for more information, contact Rita Riggs at 944-2711 or

Good Health Club

The last of three Good Health Club workshops presented by Anne Seifert, Ph.D., will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug.4 in Clubhouse 4, Room A.
It will focus on the psychological component of weight control. A key discussion point will be how people who want to lead healthy lifestyles and lose weight curb emotional sabotage.
Participants already in the course will receive additional materials and gain new insight regarding negative behavior patterns.
At the conclusion of the workshop series, club President Sandy Kaminsky, Vice President Anne Seifert and Secretary/Treasurer Peggy Keller will determine whether there is interest in forming a continuing support group.
To be added to the club contact list for future circle group meetings, send an email to
The Good Health online workshop series will not be offered again until next year.
Aging Well

by Janice Laine
LW contributor

Betty Coven, Ph.D., founder of the Centenarian Project, presented her second workshop on Aging Well last week in Leisure World. Her first workshop in March went so well that over 70 residents showed up for her current workshop,“Cross Train Your Brain.”
Betty began by reporting on the Centenarian’s Project’s successful luncheon April 10 attended by 18 of Leisure World’s 22 centenarians. The current number of centenarians in LW is 23.
The “mechanics” of the brain and how it works was the first part of the presentation.
She pointed out that the brain has a mind-boggling numbers of cells, dendrites and axons all working together enabling people to think.
She said the 100 trillion connections in the brain work together better when the individual eats, works and plays in healthy ways.
It’s a myth that older people cannot learn new things. It may take a little longer than when they were younger because their brains are so full of information.
Games, puzzles, learning a new language and reading a new book, challenge the brain. More blood flows to those areas and new connections are made.
Betty passed along several techniques used to remember names. The audience was delighted to practice by learning and remembering the names of others seated in their row.
She discussed how the brain cells in Alzheimer’s patient clump together. The dendrites become tangled, making passage of a stimulus from one cell to another difficult, causing forgetfulness. She reported that 4.5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease, a number expected to double in 10 years.
In autopsies of seniors who never had any Alzheimer’s symptoms while they were alive, 20 percent had clumps and tangles in their brains.
Other members of the Centenarian Project committee in attendance to help with the presentation were Pat Lay Wilson, Anna Derby, Bonnie Z. Cooper, Marjorie Randell, and Janice Laine.
Leisure World Health, Exercise Classes

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.
Feeling Good exercises
A standing low-impact aerobics class to music is offered from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Mondays and Thursdays, in Clubhouse 1.
For more information, call 430-9379.
– Cheryl Zimmer 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.
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.
Sign Language Group

Classes are held at 9 a.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
Hearing, hard-of-hearing and non-hearing residents are invited.
– Leah Perrotti
Walking Group

The group
meets at 6 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
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 at 6 p.m. Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6, upstairs.
For more information, call Barbara Magie, 596-4690.
– Barbara Magie
Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 4 Lobby; 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.
– Glady Horbay
Viniyoga Therapy with Mat
Classes are available from from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 6, Room A.
All shareholders are welcome.
Travis Ott-Comm is the Wednesday instructor.
The Friday instructor is Matthew Spencer.
For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.
– Patti Endly
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.
For more information, call Catherine Millot at 760-4545.
– Catherine Millot
Pilates Club

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, 430-6044 or Linda Neer, 430-3214.
– Susan Hopewell
Zumba Club
Classes, $3 each, are offered Mondays at 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Sundays, 2:30 p.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
Leisure Leggers

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 30-60-minute walk and to train for local races.
For more information, call Tom Pontac at 304-0880.