Breakfast with the Medical Director Shareholders are invited to lunch with the medical director from noon-1 p.m. on Aug. 27 in the Health Care Center conference room.
Dr. Rudolph Haider will make a short presentation and then answer questions from the audience.
It will be an opportunity to meet him in a casual setting.
Reservations are needed and can be made by calling 795-6204 and leaving a name and phone number
Dr. Haider’s Column
by Rudolf Haider
HCC Medical Director
Approximately 3 million Americans experience atrial fibrillation each year. This common heart disorder occurs when electrical signals in the heart become irregular, causing the heart’s upper chamber to beat out of rhythm. Atrial fibrillation requires medical attention because it could lead to a life-threatening stroke.
Atrial fibrillation may or may not cause symptoms. It’s a common heart condition, but the patient might not realize they are having heart problems if no symptoms are present.
Some people with the disorder can have palpitations, chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness or confusion.
The condition is diagnosed through an electrocardiogram, which measures the heart’s electrical impulses. In some cases, atrial fibrillation resolves on its own. Other times, an underlying condition such as an over-active thyroid, hypertension, diabetes, chronic lung disease or heart valve disease must be treated.
Medications may be prescribed to prevent blood clots or control heart rate. Cardioversion, another treatment option, can be recommended to shock the heart back to a normal rhythm by delivering a jolt of electricity to the heart. However, if these efforts are not successful, doctors could recommend atrial fibrillation ablation.
Atrial fibrillation ablation involves threading a long catheter into the heart through a blood vessel in the arm, upper thigh or neck.
Live X-ray images are used to carefully guide the catheter into the heart. Sections of the heart are then mapped to locate abnormal tissue. Energy is applied to destroy targeted tissue that has been identified as cause of the irregular heartbeat.
The resulting scar line then acts as a barrier between affected tissue and the rest of the healthy heart, stopping abnormal electrical signals that cause an irregular heartbeat.
Patients may not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before going to the hospital. They are sedated during the procedure, but may still feel some lightheadedness, rapid heartbeat, burning when any medications are injected, or chest discomfort when energy is applied.
An atrial fibrillation ablation procedure can last up to nine hours. Following the procedure, pressure is applied to the site where the catheter was inserted, and patients must lie still for four to six hours while heart rate is closely monitored.
A chest X-ray, electrocardiogram or transesophageal echocardiogram may be ordered to check the heart and prevent complications. Some patients are discharged the same day, while others need to stay in the hospital overnight.
Atrial fibrillation ablation may be a more effective treatment than medications. However, as with any procedure, there are risks associated with atrial fibrillation ablation. For more information, talk with a Health Care Center doctors or visit the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute website at www.nhlbi.nih.gov.
The Health Care Center is affiliated with Los Alamitos Medical Center, the third hospital in the country to participate in the American Heart Association’s Atrial fibrillation program.
Health Care Center Lecture
Terri Furlow, MS, RN, HCC administrator, will discuss Alzheimer’s Disease at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 28, at the Health Care Center conference room.
Furlow will discuss what to remember about the disease, which occurs in 50 percent of people over the age of 85 along with other dementias. She will also discuss the disease process, and make recommendations on what should happen to themselves or family members who become affected.
Furlow, HCC administrator since 2007, received her BS degree in nursing from University
of San Francisco. She also has a masters’ degree in health care
administration from the University of La Verne. She began her health care career as a nurse at Mary’s Help
Hospital in Daly City. Furlow also served as chief nursing
officer and executive director at John Douglas French Center for
To make reservations for any of the presentations, call the HCC hotline at 795-6204.
Seal Beach Community Services, in cooperation with Community Senior Serv, offers weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:15 a.m. Arrive by 11 a.m. to check in at the front desk. Reservations not needed. Sugar-free desserts are offered on request. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for all others. Besides maintaining the physical health of active older adults, the program also works to enrich the emotional/physiological health of seniors by sponsoring speakers, dancers, games, health forums, and other social and educational activities.
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, Aug. 18: Pork chili verde, Spanish rice, carrots, corn tortilla, Mandarin oranges.
Tuesday, Aug. 19: Chicken Polynesian, seasoned brown rice, Japanese-blend vegetables, fortune cookie, fresh fruit.
Wednesday, Aug. 20: Clam chowder soup with crackers, tuna salad sandwich on wheat bun, coleslaw, ice cream, fresh fruit.
Thursday, Aug. 21: Chicken breast sandwich, potato salad, broccoli slaw, wheat bun, diet pudding.
Friday, Aug. 22: Farmers market soup with crackers, turkey Tetrazzini, broccoli, wheat bread, margarine, fresh fruit.
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, Aug. 18: Chicken cacciatore, brown rice, steamed fresh broccoli, mixed green salad, oatmeal cookie, ham and cheese sandwich, Italian pasta salad.
Tuesday, Aug. 19: Vegetable pesto pasta, white beans, roasted zucchini, mixed green salad, peach cups, egg salad sandwich, homemade potato salad.
Wednesday, Aug. 20: Turkey and cabbage casserole, herb roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, mixed green salad, cinnamon pudding, chicken salad sandwich.
Thursday, Aug. 21: Maple glazed baked ham, mashed potatoes, steamed cauliflower, pineapple tidbits,taco salad with ground turkey, cheese, tomato, tortilla strips and salsa with ranch dressing, crackers.
Friday, Aug. 22: Chicken Alfredo pasta, braised red beans, roasted zucchini, mixed green salad, citrus gelatin, bologna and cheese sandwich, tomato and cucumber salad.
Weekly exercise, health 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 does, are encouraged to attend.
For more information, call Sharon Kohn at 596-1969.
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.
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.
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.
Classes are available for beginners at 10:30 a.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. First-time beginner 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.
Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 4 Lobby; Thursdays at 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.
Viniyoga Therapy with Mat
Classes are available from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, in Clubhouse 6, Room A. All shareholders are welcome.
Travis Ott-Conn is the Wednesday instructor. The Friday instructor is Matthew Spencer.
For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.
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 is 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.
For more information, call Catherine Millot at 760-4545.
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.
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.
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.
by Betty Scharf
Water, tea, or soda?
Pat Choate, Wa-Rite member, spoke to the group about making choices in beverages at the weekly meeting Aug. 8. Water was the top choice, hands down.
Peoples’ bodies need a certain amount of fluids daily. They’re in most foods and beverages.
Athletes require large amounts of water with additional salt.
There is such a thing as water intoxication. Too much plain water can result in loss of salt and cause a condition called hypotonicity.
Pat described the main types of tea: Herbal and non-herbal. Herbal teas are flavored and some sold as non-caffeinated.
Non-herbal teas include green, oolong, white and black. They come from the plant Camelia sinensis and are processed from plant parts.
Green teas have been associated with anti-carcinogenic, anti-obesity and antioxidants.
Diet and sweetened sodas are unhealthy for dieters.
Diabetics should consume them only occasionally for a treat.
Wa-Rite will hold a potluck luau party tomorrow.
Members are asked to bring four-to-six servings of food. Luau dress is encouraged.
New member Susan Turley was welcomed to the club and Erna Durando reached a short-term-weight loss goal.
Rosie Andrews was top loser of the week, 2.5 pounds.
Wa-Rite is a club for Leisure World women with at least 10 pounds to lose.
Meetings are held at 9 a.m. Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
For more information, call Judy Chambers, 430-9966.