eNewsletter
December 2017
Senior Enrichment Center Links


Partnership Opportunities

Intergenerational Programs
Our preschoolers presented their Red, White and Blue Veteran's Day artwork to their Senior neighbors last month.
Click on the video link above to see footage of our preschoolers and their senior neighbors working on an Intergenerational art project.
Holiday Closures
All ONEgeneration's programs will be closed the following days

  • Friday, December 22nd
  • Monday, December 25th
  • Tuesday, December 26th
  • Monday, January 1st
Donate this this Holiday Season
Contribute to ONEgeneration's Senior Meal Program
Often times seniors on fixed budgets have to decide whether to buy food for the month or pay for their medications. Studies have shown that seniors have a higher risk of falling if they are not receiving regular healthy, balanced meals. Bring a smile to the face of a senior in need this holiday by contributing to our senior meal program.

Click on the photo to watch a video explaining our need to raise $10,000 for this program and follow instructions to donate.
Please contribute now to receive your 2017 tax deduction
ONEgeneration's 40th Anniversary
STORY TELLING in 2018: Do you have a story to share about your or your loved ones experience with ONEgeneration in the past 40 years? We would love to hear from you. Please email your stories to event@onegeneration.org and we will share a few stories in each 2018 monthly newsletter. Or you can share your story on our Facebook page or on Twitter or Instagram using #ONEgenCares
Encino Farmers Market
As the year winds down we would like to thank all of our wonderful customers for supporting the ONEgeneration Encino Farmers Market in 2017. All proceeds go to funding our senior and intergenerational programs which include meals for low income seniors. 

Holiday Hours:

Market will be open Christmas Eve (12/24) from 8 am to 12 pm
The Crafts Section of our market will be having a sale, so please stop by for your last minute unique holiday gifts. 
Market will be closed on New Year’s Eve (12/31)

On behalf of everyone at ONEgeneration, we would like to wish you a very Merry Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. 
In season right now at the market are all the tasty varieties of tangerines, mandarin oranges, satsumas, clementines and pixies. You will also find kale, chard and other winter greens at the market for salads and soups
BRING A CAN OF SOUP TO ANY FARMERS MARKET IN DECEMBER! This will help our food pantry used in emergencies for fragile seniors.
Market Match is available every Sunday for a match up to $10!!
Thanksgiving 2017
Thank you to all of our  Thanksgiving   Volunteers  who delivered over 130 meals to homebound and low income seniors this year on Thanksgiving Day. ONEgeneration serves over 500 meals every weekday at no cost to the recipients.
THANKSGIVING LUNCH TRIP : Seniors from the ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center had a wonderful holiday meal together with live music on Thanksgiving at the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas. Thank you to our Board Member  Vahid Khorsand  and his brother  Hamed Khorsand  for hosting this trip, making sure that all of our seniors came back safely and even helping to serve meals!
Special thank you to all those who make this annual event so special for seniors in the valley:  Calabasas Rotary, Rotary Club of Woodland Hills and Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander
Adult Day Care
Dr. Stern serves as the Medical Director of ONEgeneration's Adult Day Healthcare Program. He reviews participant care plans and makes recommendations for enhanced care. Dr. Stern is available as needed for consultation on medical concerns.

If you have ideas for a future article topics please contact ONEgeneration. 

Dr. David Stern's Expert Corner
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. While more common in men than in women, it is actually the leading cause of death for both men and women. With this column, I begin a review of heart disease, a term that includes hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, and arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation.

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a long-term medical condition in
which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. Although hypertension rarely causes symptoms, long-term hypertension is a major risk factor for coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, peripheral artery disease, vision loss, chronic kidney disease, and death.

Blood pressure is expressed by two measurements, systolic is the maximum, and diastolic the minimum. Normal systolic blood pressure at rest is within the range 100-130 and 60-80 diastolic. Hypertension is present if the resting blood pressure is persistently above 130/80.

Lifestyle changes and medication can lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of health
complications. Lifestyle changes include weight loss, decreased salt intake, limited alcohol
consumption, physical exercise, and a healthy diet rich in good fats and fiber, low in saturated
fats, cholesterol and salt. If lifestyle changes are not sufficient, then anti-hypertensive medications are used. Up to three medications can control blood pressure in 90% of people. 

I usually tell patients that there are five different classes of medications to be considered. The choice of medication is made with an understanding of the risks vs benefits of each class of medication. The selection of specific medication may differ, but the goal remains the same, lower the blood pressure to an acceptable range while avoiding side effects, such as lightheadedness, dizziness, falls, or alteration of blood sodium or potassium levels.
Community Outreach
UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program acknowledged their community partners at its event on Thursday, November 9th. Anna, Director of ONEgeneration's Adult Day Care was in attendance.

Senior Enrichment Center
Class of the Month

Walk n’ Talk

Mon, Wed, Fri
9:30 AM

Suggested Donation: $2 

ONEgeneration hosts a Walk n’ Talk group on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:00 AM. The group walks for about 30-45 minutes and allows individuals to walk as fast or as slow as they like, taking breaks when needed. They take different routes around Reseda Park and an ONEgeneration employee accompanies the group. 

Sylvia became a member of ONEgeneration in the spring of 2016. The first group she joined was Walk n’ Talk.  “[The group] gives me something to do and I don’t feel like I spent my whole day watching television.” Sylvia said. “Gets me out of the house three days a week. It’s good for me.” And there’s a bonus on Fridays. “I get to go to Bingo after we’re done [walking].”

Senior Center December Highlights


  • December 8th - Oral Health for Older Adults presented by Michael Bjornbak, DDS - Friday, 10:30 am in the Activity Room, Flyer

  • December 8th, Friday - Annual Holiday Show - 1:30 pm.

  • December 11th, Monday - Miracles Talk, 10:30 am.

  • December 13th, 14th and 15th Thrift Corner Holiday Sale - Everything is $2.00 - 9 am til 5 pm each day. Flyer

  • December 15th - Health Wellness Friday - Spark Your Life - 10 am.

  • December 18th, Monday - Holiday Cabaret Performance - Light refreshments served- 1 to 3 pm $2 donation - Flyer

Travel Highlights


  • January 3rd, Wednesday - San Manuel Casino Trip - cost is $12.00 - Departs at 10 am and returns at 6 pm. RSVP by 12/21/2017 Flyer
  • January 24th - Showtime Cabaret - Come join us at Alhambra Golf Course, walk around the course and then at noon enjoy 3 course meal. At 1:30 enjoy the show called ROCK ‘N ROLL FEVER (A red-hot sizzling show jam packed with high energy rock and roll songs that will have you dancin' in your seat). Cost is $92.00 and includes lunch. Leaves 9:30 am and returns at 5:30 pm. Reserve by 12/15/2017 Flyer
Computer Classes
Sign-up for one on one computer classes at the Senior Center!
Learn the basics or get help with your specific needs. Our high school and college students are waiting to help you. Simply call 818-705-2345, or click here to email

SIGN UP FOR ALERTS AND NOTIFICATIONS TO BE INFORMED ABOUT ANY EMERGENCIES OR DISASTERS


or CALL 323-980-2260 

IF YOU NEED HELP SIGNING UP FOR THIS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM, PLEASE ASK A ONEgeneration STAFF MEMBER TO ASSIST YOU NEXT TIME YOU ARE AT THE SENIOR CENTER

NotifyLA is the City of Los Angeles' official mass notification system used to send voice messages, text messages and email messages to residents and businesses during times of emergencies and disasters. Notifying the public when a disaster strikes might be the one and only safeguard the public can count on to save their lives and protect their property.

Childcare
The month of November was exciting as our little ones have been talking and preparing for the holidays. Around this time of the year, we can literally feel the excitement children go through as families prepare for the different festivities. On behalf of ONEgeneration, I would like to thank each of our parents for entrusting their precious children to our care. We are fortunate and humbled to serve as role models for your children and learn so much from them. On Thursday, December 14 th , we will hold our annual holiday party for our parents where children and families will be able to go from classroom to classroom, enjoy different activities and eat dinner.
 
Respectfully,
Dr. Kristine Vardanyan
Director of ONEgeneration Childcare (NAEYC Accredited)
Ways to Support ONEgeneration
Have you re-registered in the Ralph's Reward Card giving? Each year starting September 1 st participants are required to re-register so that ONEgeneration can continue to receive your donations.

You can register for the new term online at www.ralphs.com or by calling 800-443-4438. Even if you previously registered and selected ONEgeneration as your nonprofit of choice you are still required to register again every year beginning September 1 st
Time To Update
Your Ralphs Card -
Even if you were
Previously Enrolled

For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at www.ralphs.com , click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on ‘Enroll Now’. If you don’t have computer access, please call 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.

Thank you to all our Ralphs Community Contribution donors! By using your Ralph’s Reward card while shopping ONEgeneration has received funding that helps us keep our programs running. 
Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to ONEgeneration
Click on the AmazonSmile link to log into your Amazon account and to select ONEgeneration as your non-profit. Remember to log into AmazonSmile each time you make an Amazon purchase so that ONEgeneration receives the donation.
ONEgeneration is looking for volunteers! If you would like to learn more about how you can volunteer in one of our many departments at ONEgeneration please email volunteer@onegeneration.org
For information on advertising in our monthly eNewsletter please email ssexton@onegeneration.org
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Annual Appeal Tributes
Did you know that when you donate to ONEgeneration for your end of year giving or anytime that you can request to honor or recognize someone? Check out our Tribute Section to see this month's dedications. Donate Here
Home Bound Meal Delivery Stories
We have volunteers of all ages who come in daily to call homebound isolated seniors. Colton is one of these Careline Callers. This Thanksgiving he visited one of the many seniors he calls weekly. Maurice recently lost his wife, this would have been his first holiday alone. Thanks to this wonder volunteer they both had a memorable and Happy Thanksgiving!
Harold's Help Desk
Are you in need of assistance? Stop by Harold's Help Desk at ONEgeneration's Senior Enrichment Center. Jennifer, the Social Services Coordinator will be able to assist you at the center on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 am til 5:00 pm. Feel free to give her a call at 818-708-6624.
Dental Services
Do you need dental services? ONEgeneration can help through our partner Dentex Dental Group. Call 818-705-2345 to sign up. 
Message Therapy
Did you know that every Wednesday you can come by our Senior Enrichment Center in Reseda to get an amazing chair massage by Maria from 9:30 am til noon. The fee is only $3.00.
Podiatry & Wound Care
Podiatry & Wound Care services are available the first Wednesday of every month. Please call main office at 818-705-2345 to schedule an appointment.  
Thank You
ONEgeneration would like to thank Panera Bread, Western Bagel, McDonald's at Victory and Reseda and Costco for their product donations. These donations help support our senior services programs.
Thrift Corner Shop
Special Holiday Sale December 13th, 14th and 15th with special extended hours each day from 9 to 5 at the ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center's thrift Corner.
Stop by early to get the best deals! Bargains Galore! Great White Elephant gifts and stocking stuffers. Flyer
Resources
Important Veteran's Benefits:

  • A new Veterans Online Shopping Benefit allows you to sign up for tax-free, online shopping on select clothing, electronics, food and more at the online exchange.

  • A program honoring California's veterans by allowing all who are honorably discharged to display a California's "veteran" designation on state driver's licenses or identification cards.

Thank you to Assemblymember Narzarian for this information. To learn more click here .
Important link for Senior Disaster Preparedness. This information is for Seniors and by Seniors.

MyPatientRights.org
 
FightChronicDisease.org
Looking for a Safe Place
to Dispose of Old Prescriptions?
Do you have expired or unused medications?

MedCenta Pharmacy at
6401 Platt Ave,
West Hills, CA 91307 has a medication disposal where you can safely dispose of medications to keep the environment safe.
Health Fair is Sunday December 3rd
Noon to 5 p.m.
Goldwater Community Center
@ Westfield Topanga
21710 Vanowen St.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
December Tributes

In memory of Martin & Sylvia Zimring, from Joseph Zimring

In honor of Dawn and Bob Hromadka, from Ann Deane
  
In memory of Barbara Widolf
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