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October 6, 2017 Edition
2017 Influencers in Aging: Rabbi Laura Geller
ChaiVillageLA congratulates Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller for being named one of Next Avenue's 2017 Influencers in Aging. Rabbi Geller was recognized for her work "toward a revolutionary vision: creating an intergenerational 'village' to allow older adults to 'age in place' in their own homes with the support of a loving and interdependent community."
ChaiVillageLA Members Collaborate with USC in
 Purposeful Aging Planning for Los Angeles
Martha Sklar
Ellen Isaacs and Lorna Belman.
Students map out ways to make L.A. a friendly place for the elderly
by Orli Belman (YES, this is Lorna and Mike’s amazing daughter!)
Which bus stops have benches? What is my emergency evacuation plan? Where are free flu shots offered? Students in the new class “Age-Friendly L.A.,” a Wicked Problems Practicum sponsored by USC Provost Michael Quick, aim to provide answers to these questions and others in the hopes of making Los Angeles a better place to grow old.
We warmly welcome the following new ChaiVillageLA members to our community
Helen and Ira Laufer
Georgia Mercer
Can you be a friendly visitor for Gloria Boraz? Gloria is recovering from a fall and misses seeing people during her usual busy social life. She would appreciate having visitors, preferably during a meal time. Other times are okay and you do not have to bring food for her as she has help. Please call or email Devorah with your available times!
Our October calendar is full of exciting
 village events!

●      NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk Los Angeles County - Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10:00 AM
●      Sukkot Open House - Saturday, October 7, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
●      Wine Tasting - Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
●      Walk with the Rabbi  – Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
●      Understanding the World’s News - Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
●      80+ Wise Aging Class - Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
●      Wisdom Circle with Special Guest Anike Tourse - Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 10:45 AM - 1:30 PM
●      The Legacy of Your Life Story Series - Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
●      New Member Havdalah Potluck Dinner - Saturday, October 21, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
●      New Member Potluck Brunch - Sunday, October 22, 2017, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
●      Museum Tour of the Marciano Art Foundation - Thursday, October 26, 2017, 1:45 - 3:00 PM
●      Walking Tour of Los Angeles Little Tokyo and Museums - Sunday, October 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
●      Visual Literacy and the Art of Photography Series - Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Save the Date: General Orientation/Training -
Attending once is required for all members!
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
. Special thanks to Barbara Weinstock for offering to host the session.
Sukkot Open House
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Rabbi Laura Geller and Richard Siegel’s Home
From Rabbi Laura Geller and Richard Siegel:

All ChaiVillageLA members are welcome to join us in our sukkah for light refreshments and celebration of the most inclusive of all Jewish holidays. 
Understanding the World’s News
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Temple Isaiah - Library
10345 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
This discussion group focuses on the news of the week. Participants share articles and opinions that pertain to what's happening both in the United States and internationally, and particularly to introduce diverse views.
The Legacy of Your Life Story - Part 1 of 3
Thursday, October 19, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Temple Emanuel - Conference Room
8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
Join us for a 3-part class on how to create a video interview to tell your own stories that convey your history, wisdom and values. This will be the first in the series. 
Museum Tour of the Marciano Art Foundation
Thursday, October 26, 2017, 1:45 - 3:00 PM
Marciano Art Foundation
4357 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
ChaiVillageLA has reserved 25 no-charge tickets for a docent-led tour of LA's newest art museum, the Marciano Art Foundation. Established by art collectors Maurice and Paul Marciano, the museum features "works by well-established, mid-career, and emerging artists, predominantly from 1900 to the present."
Walking Tour of Los Angeles Little Tokyo and Museums
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Enjoy a morning stroll through Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo led by Barbara Meltzer. Taken from the wonderful book Walking L.A. , this walk is approximately ¾ of a mile. The walk will take us past the Japanese American Museum and the Geffen Contemporary, as well as the Japanese Village Plaza Mall, which is the heart of Little Tokyo’s shopping district. 
Visual Literacy and the Art of Photography - Part 1 of 4
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Temple Emanuel - Conference Room
8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills
Photographs are all around us, yet there is very little sense of visual literacy, particularly outside of artists' circles. This 4-part course, taught by Bill Aron, will teach us not only how to recognize the elements of an impactful photograph, but also how to make a photograph that is even more interesting than the object being photographed. We will apply these principles to photographing life around us. 
Live-Streamed National Village Celebration

What’s an Ideal Day for You?
by Ellen Isaacs

In late September, over 7,000 village members around the world representing 174 villages tuned in to a livestream video interview of Dr. Atul Gawande. The event celebrated the birth of our national village movement 15 years ago when Beacon Hill neighbors formed the first village in Boston. Eighty ChaiVillageLA members and guests joined in to hear the renowned surgeon, public health researcher and writer for The New Yorker  as he described the new culture we must co-create in which people advocate for their wishes and the medical profession evolves into a more compassionate and collaborative relationship with older adults.
How to Advocate for Your Health
by Barbara Joyner
Whenever I attend an education program I make it a point to walk out with at least one idea I can immediately implement. The talk that Ilan Tamir, MD presented to ChaiVillageLA members on Tuesday morning, entitled, "How to Advocate for Your Health" left me with many such ideas. Dr. Tamir emphasized how to relay the most important information to your healthcare practitioner in a quick and concise way. Although there are many "take aways" from the talk, I loved the suggestion that we make a list of the medications we take (including dosages and frequency) and keep it next to our driver’s license or ID. On the back write emergency contacts and phone numbers. At a medical appointment you can easily refer to the note, but MORE IMPORTANTLY, if you are ever found down on the ground and are unable to communicate, the person who comes to your aid will have health and contact information.

Thank you, Dr. Tamir, for the excellent presentation, and Susan Tamir for coordinating this important talk for ChaiVillageLA.
We are so appreciative to all our generous September Program Facilitators and
home hosts. - Sandi Sternig-Babcock & Barbara Joyner, Program Co-Chairs
Home Hosts:
Renee Cronenwalt
Barbara and Dale Joyner
Phyllis Shlecter
Event Facilitators:
Lucienne Aroesty
Renee Cronenwalt
Bella Desser
Myrna Hant
Barbara and Dale Joyner
Janet Noah
Terry Pullan
Dean Schenker
Susan and Ilan Tamir
Phyllis Shlecter
Refuah Shleimah - a Full and Complete Healing:

Gloria Boraz
Pearl Councelbaum
Esther Elfenbaum
Sylvia Fox
Norma Glickman
Stanley Goldblatt
Renee Hurewitz
Marcia Oshman
Diane Ring
We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!
The vast majority of adults want to remain in their homes and neighborhoods as they get older, but sometimes this takes a supportive community. ChaiVillageLA is a vibrant, multi-synagogue, multi-generational community that enables congregants to age in place in their own homes by providing assistance to one another and enriching each other’s lives, as part of a self-governing village supported by Jewish values.
In Collaboration With ...
ChaiVillageLA is a proud recipient of a Cutting Edge Grant from 
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
   and Our Foundation Sponsors
Angell Foundation
Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries Foundation
Aaron & Sylvia Rothenberg Family Foundation
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
Sylvia Price
Kobor Family Foundation