Bereavement Group


The Companion Hospice and Social Services groups from the Health Care Center are co-sponsoring a free six-week bereavement support group for shareholders starting at 2 p.m. today, Thursday.

The group will meet in the HCC conference room 2.

The topics:

• How to deal with the loss of a loved one,

• Legal and financial concerns

• Grief, mourning and reconciliation

• Communication with family and friends

• Adjusting to single life

• Coping with loneliness

• Managing expenses when living on a budget

Janice Derderian, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) will be the facilitator.

As the social worker, Ms. Derderian reviews the necessary documents and information to consider when medical care and treatment decisions are to be made in advance of a person becoming incapacitated.

Ms. Derderian has been in private practice at the HCC for more than 12 years.

By appointment, she assists patients with such issues as depression, loss of independence and family relations.

Shareholder participation is welcomed.


24-Hour nurse program


The 24-Hour Nurse program provided at the Health Care Center is one of the best benefits of living in Leisure World.

Available to any resident, 24 hours a day, the free service includes a phone consultation with a registered nurse.

If residents request or require a home visit, there is a $40 fee, plus the cost of supplies.

The HCC hopes the 24-hour nurse program has brought numerous residents comfort and safety when they are worried about their health.

To speak to a 24-hour nurse, call 795-6216.


Wa-Rite Club


by Betty Scharf

LW contributor


One has to wonder what makes the Wa-Rite Club so special. Its a club that helps members learn how to choose healthy foods in the right portions to help them reach normal weights.

Members’ lifestyles get better when they don’t abuse their bodies with high calorie food that lead to skeletal system problems, diabetes, heart disease, and mental health issues among other things.

This early year is a new beginning for members, who feel motivated to do the right thing.

The new retirees who have moved into Leisure World are youthful, energetic, and capable for the volunteerism required when joining a club.

Past president Judy Chambers led members through the process of choosing new officers that will be voted on in the near future.

Wa-Rite welcomes new members who are ready and willing to make changes in their food intake and give up the what poses a health threat in their golden years.

Jean Sudbeck pocketed $50 for winning the holiday contest.

Members dropped 34 1/2 pounds for the week and Nancy Pomicter was the top loser.

Jana Rodgers is the club’s first new member of 2014.


At the final meeting of 2013, members related how they had done with healthy eating and enjoying the holidays.

Most find new year resolutions are not very successful and are careful how they express any goals for the new year.

Member gains for the last reporting week were minimal. Some expressed the effects of being a member helped them to use portion control without the binges that are now history.

Mary McRaney was top loser with a three-pound loss.

Her new year goals were to increase healthy eating, walk daily, use liquid yogurt products, and lose weight slowly.

Some members dealt with not having a family to celebrate the holidays with and applauded St. Anne’s Christmas dinner, and the Assistance League meals and toys program for poor families.

One member went on a cruise without gaining weight.

New member Melinda Lee was welcomed to the club.

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. 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 Linda Klein at (562) 430-1073, ext. 526. Bingo is played Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Monday, Jan 13: Sweet and tangy pork, steamed white rice, Oriental-blend ambrosia.

Tuesday, Jan. 14: Potato-crusted fish, seasoned couscous, French-cut green beans, regular and diet apple crisp.

Wednesday, Jan. 15: Minestrone soup with crackers, spaghetti and meat balls, 50-50 salad mix with Italian dressing, fresh melon.

Thursday, Jan. 16: Turkey roast and gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, whole grain bread and margarine, apricots.

Friday. Jan. 17: Chicken breast with herb gravy, rice pilaf, spinach, regular and spice cake, orange juice.


Health, exercise classes


Living With Vision Loss

Members will go Veterans Administration Hospital on Jan.17, to attend the meeting of the Blind Veterans Association.

A tour of the blind center is planned.

To attend, call Sharon Kohn at at 596-1969.

– Sharon Kohn

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.


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

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.

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.

Movement for Health-Medical Qigong Club

The club is now meeting permanently in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 8 a.m. led 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 760-4545.

—Catherine Milliot

Pilates Club

Improve 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.

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.

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.

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

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., instructional 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

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

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.

– Tom Pontac


Long Beach Meals Program


Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB) a non-profit group, delivers a variety of home-cooked meals cooked the day of delivery 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. Meals are preepared by a registered dietician and and prepared without added salt. Apply by phone or online. Contact Lisa Valdez at 433-0232 or visit Call 439-5000 before noon to cancel orders for the following day. Weekly menus are subject to change without notification.

Monday, Jan 13: Chicken Alfedo w/penne pasta, broccoli, Caesar salad and roll, chocolate cake, ham and cheese sandwich, carrot slaw.

Tuesday, Jan. 14: Talipia fish with orange ginger sauce, stir fry noodles, edamme, Asian slaw and roll, Mandrian oranges, chicken salad sandwich with tomato and cucumber, cous cous.

Wednesday, Jan. 15: Meat loaf with rosemary gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, mixed green salad and roll, peaches, turkey and swiss sandwich, green bean salad.

Thursday, Jan.16: Chili macaroni and cheese, zucchini with corn bread, mixed green salad, apple sauce, tuna salad sandwich, garbanzo bean salad

Friday, Jan.17: Chicken tamales, rice and beans, mixed green salad and roll, cinnamon chocolate pudding, salami and cheese sandwich, coleslaw.