Diane Mielke is guest speaker

Diane Mielke, RN, MSN, will make a presentation titled “Tests and Procedures in Heart disease,” at 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, in the Health Care Center conference room.

It will be the second in a series of talks on heart disease, all at the same time and locations. The rest of the series is Dec. 12, medications and heart disease, presented by Virginia Uy, RN, CCRN; and Dec. 19 nutrition and heart disease, Jeff Cline, RD.

Those who attend are requested to call the reservation line at 795-6204 and leave their names and number and which class they want to attend.

They should arrive 15 minutes early to assure their reservations. After that, seats will be given away on a first-come-first served basis.


LW Hearing Impaired Club

Entertainment featured at holiday dinner Dec. 10

The LoVision and Hearing Impaired Group will hold a holiday dinner at 12:30 p.m., Dec. 10, in Clubhouse 4.

Anyone may come by paying the annual $3 membership fee.The cost for guests and caregivers is $5.

For reservations, call Margaret Putnam at 596-7046.

Linda Johnson and her crew will serve a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Musical entertainment will be provided  by Sam’s Twilight Strings.

Tony Williams will sing songs of the season.

Joe Osuna of the Video Producers Club will videotape the event that will be shown later on local Time Warner Cable Channel SBTV Channel 3.

– Joan Shramek


COPD Foundation

Smoking can lead to COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease with symptoms that include shortness of breath, wheezing and cough. It’s the fourth leading cause of death worldwide and accounts for more than three million deaths per year.

COPD occurs most often in patients who are over age 40 and have a history of cigarette smoking.

Other important risk factors include dusts and chemicals encountered on the job, and smoke from biomass fuels such as coal and wood burned for cooking and heating .

Ithe U.S., COPD has been steadily rising in women (6.7 percent) versus men (5.2 percent). COPD killed 7,000 more women than men in 2010, the 11th consecutive year that occured.

Statistics reveal the disparities in burden of disease and healthcare practices to be addressed.

Key statistics about COPD among women:

• Women who smoke are 13 times more likely to die from COPD than non-smokers

• Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with chronic bronchitis than men

• COPD kills more women than breast cancer and diabetes.


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. 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 at 11:15 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.

Monday, Dec. 9: Farmers soup with crackers, turkey noodle casserole, spinach salad with raspberry dressing, whole grain bread, purple plums.

Dec. 10: Stuffed bell pepper, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, lemon pudding, diet pudding.

Wednesday, Dec. 11: Chicken salad sandwich with bun, carrot and raisin salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit.

Thursday, Dec. 12: Creamy celery soup, pork loin roast and gravy, rice pilaf, applesauce, oatmeal cookie, diet cookie, orange juice.

Friday, Dec. 13: Beef sirloin tips, Fettuccini noodles, broccoli, brownies, fresh fruit.


Senior Keeping Fit

Clubs offers shareholders variety of exercise classes

Diabetic Club

Members will meet at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, in the Health Care Center conference room. Members are requested to attend to suggest topics for future meetings.

For more information about the club, call Paul Harrison at 598-0015.

– Paul Harrison

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

Chair Exercise

Classes are held 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday in Clubhouse 1 for men and women at all fitness levels. Improve flexibility, strength, endurance and coordination.

A special meditation for relief, healing and energy ends the class.

For more information, call Janet Cord, 795-1836.

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.

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

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.

– Dorothy Anderson

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.


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.


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

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.

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