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ONEgeneration Newsletter
February 2017
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Senior Enrichment Center

18255 Victory Blvd

Reseda, CA 91335

(818) 705-2345

Adult Day Care
17400 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 708-6625
Childcare and Preschool
17400 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 708-6377

Trending at ONEgeneration

Meals for Home Bound Seniors: Stories from the Road that Touch Our Hearts

Our drivers love all the holidays celebrated at ONEgeneration because of the special treats volunteers put together for the seniors.  Homemade Valentines are waiting with heart lollipops to bring a smile to the face of our seniors on February 14th
"Harold's Help Desk" 

Are you in need of assistance? Stop by
Harold's Help Desk at ONEgeneration's Senior Enrichment Center. Carla will be able to assist you at the center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays form 8:30am -5:00pm. Feel free to give her a call at 818-708-6624. 
Massage Therapy

Did you know that every Wednesday you can come by Our Senior Enrichment Center to get an amazing chair Massage by Maria from 9:30am-12pm?  The fee is $3.00.  We are at 18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335 

Do you need a Podiatrist?

Please call to make an appointment to see Dr.Belczyk.  He is at the Senior Enrichment Center every 3rd Thursday of the month from 12:30pm to 2:30pm by appointment only.
Call 818-705-2345 to schedule a time.

Looking for Part-time Employment or a Roommate?

Visit our Employment and Shared Housing Bulletin Boards at our Senior Enrichment Center
at 18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda, CA 91335

Ways to Support ONEgeneration


ONEgeneration Travel

Click on the Ralphs logo to link your rewards card to contribute donations to ONEgeneration.  This will not affect your personal rewards. Log in, then go to the Community Contributions program and select ONEgeneration. You must re-register each year for ONEgeneration to continue to receive donations. 
Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Help at our Encino Farmers Market any Sunday from 7am to 1pm
  • Deliver a meal to a homebound senior
  • Help in a Childcare Classroom
  • Teach a class at the Senior Center
  • Help in the office and more....

Did You Know That You  
Can Rent Our 
 ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center for Your Next Event?

Occupancy is 450 persons, and we have approximately 66 available parking spaces. The auditorium is 4,800 sq ft while all of OSEC is approximately 12,000 sq ft.  Includes chairs and tables.
A Great Place to Host:

Bar Mitzvahs



Wedding Celebrations


Meetings and more...

For information regarding rentals at the Senior  Center  please call (818) 705-2345
18255 Victory Boulevard
Reseda, CA 91335

(Corner of Victory/Etiwanda adjacent to Reseda Park)
For all other ONEgeneration rental  opportunities  including parking lot space please contact Adam at (818) 708-6637.

And remember, your rental fees will help support our programs.
Looking to advertise your business
to the community?  

You can have a booth at our weekly Encino Farmers Market.  Now accepting vendor applications.  Over 2,000 community members attend the market each week.  The vendor fee is $100 for Business Vendors (non-sales vendors).  There is a limit of 2 vendors per week. 


To find out about this marketing opportunity please email Jodi at


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Last month we celebrated 2017 Chinese New Year!  Happy Year of the Rooster!  People born in the Year of the Rooster are characterized as honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident. Famous people born in previous Rooster years are: R udyard Kipling, Benjamin Franklin, Prince Philip, Nancy Reagan, Joan Collins,Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Beyonce, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton and Yoko Ono.

Here are some highlights of ONEgeneration's Intergenerational New Year celebration complete with Chinese Noodles and chopsticks!

All programs will be CLOSED on Monday February 20th. 
Did you know that for more than 20 years, the National Charity League, San Fernando Valley Chapter, has donated thousands of volunteer hours and tens of thousands of dollars to ONEgeneration.  One of the many things they do is to put together special Holiday treats for delivery to homebound seniors with their meals.  This month the seniors will receive a homemade valentine with a lollipop.


Thank you to the teen volunteers of the National Charity League, SFV who lovingly made and assembled these personalized favors. 

In recognition of this dedication and support we will present to them the "Share the Care Award." at our 2017 Annual Spring Gala.


OSEC Senior Story of the Month

About 15 years ago Joseph Siracusa heard about ONEgeneration when a group of his friends heard about a dance class that was offered at the center and decided to try it. Since then Joe has been an active member at ONEgeneration. Before starting the dance class at the center, Joe had quite an interesting life.
When Joe was in High School he was in band class and learned how to play many instruments but his favorite was the drums. Out of high school he joined the Army during WWII and his job was to entertain the soldiers by playing the drums in a band. After he got out of the service he continued to play the drums for Spike Jones. After his third child was born Joe decided to move into the movie animation business as a supervising film editor. However, music has always been a very important part of his life as he continues to incorporate it into his life.

When Joe is not at the dance class at ONEgeneration he is either at Bible Study, playing music at the Jewish Home for aging or taking care of his son. Joe has so many stories to share about his amazing and entertaining life so please stop by and ask him to tell you some stories!

ONEgeneration's Adult Day Care program proudly accepts Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits.  Please contact us at 818-708-6625 to learn more.
Dr. David Stern's Expert Corner -
Dementia and Alzheimer's

This will be the final installment that deals dementia disorder. As I've said, dementia is defined  by significant loss of memory, along with losses such as the ability to reason or to plan. These losses interfere with successful functioning at home and at work. Most dementias are associated with a range of neuropsychiatric and behavioral disturbances. Behavior and mood changes are common. In as many as many as 80% to 90% of demented people, initial personality alterations include irritability, anxiety, agitation, depression or apathy. As the disease progresses, aggression, wandering, delusions and hallucinations may develop. 
These problems are potentially treatable. First, the doctor must check to rule out treatable causes of behavioral change such as urinary tract infection or pneumonia, pain, or constipation.   Once that has been done, there are a number of possible approaches the doctor can use. I  start by recommending treatment without medication. Demonstration of warmth  and affection through hand holding, playing familiar comforting music, providing candies,
lighting of scented candles, all may be of value. If not, if medication is necessary, there are  choices. Medications may include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, pain relievers,  mood altering agents, medication to treat inappropriate laughing or crying. As a last resort, we  can use anti-psychotic agents.
Next month, I will begin to discuss other subjects related to aging. Let me know if you would  like a particular subject reviewed.
Dr. Stern

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.  If you have ideas for a future article topics please contact ONEgeneration.  Dr. Stern is available as needed for consultation on medical concerns .

Volunteer of the Month:  High Tech LA Student TYLER!


Tyler is a senior at High Tech LA and will be joining the senior center two days a week this semester.  One of his main responsibilities is to teach one on one computer tutoring and lead the Thursday Technology Class. 

If you are interested in having help with your tablet, phone or laptop please come on Thursday to the Technology Class between 2 - 3:30pm at the ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center. 


Thank you High Tech LA for providing our Senior Center with such a wonderful student.  Tyler will be helping so many older adults this semester become more confident while using their devices. 


Encino Farmers Market  

We would like to welcome two new vendors to the market:

Backyard Grown Farms from Valverde, CA is a small family run organic farm specializing in leafy greens such as Kale, chard and collard greens. They also carry a section of herbs, like rosemary, mint and oregano.
H & W Asian Taste is a new food vendor and could be found in our food court. They have a delicious menu of pot-stickers, egg-rolls and sushi. Stop by and give them a try.

Also, with spring just around the corner, you will soon be seeing asparagus, artichokes and peas in the market. If you decided to stay home and cook for Valentine's Day try a New York or rib-eye steak from Autonomy Farms, all grass fed, no hormones or antibiotics. See You Sunday. 
Lots of Free Parking
Every Sunday 8 am til 1 pm  


Welcome UCLA Students!
Every year we are joined by a group of students from the Gerontology Service Learning course.  This year our Adult Daycare is joined by 32 students from this program.  In addition to having the opportunity to socialize with seniors suffering from dementia, they will also have the opportunity to lead small group activities related to their own interests as seen in the pictures above.  In the first week of this program several of these students have already jumped in and held art sessions, led a group of poker players and helped in our Intergenerational Programs.  We look forward to the enthusiasm and compassion that these wonderful students from UCLA will bring to our Adult Daycare. 
Every year, ONEgeneration celebrates deserving accomplishments at our annual Enriching Lives Gala and on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center , we are excited to be doing so once again!

We will present the "Enriching Lives Award" to Allan Cutrow and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP in recognition of Allan's personal dedication to civic engagement, to the non-profit sector, and the firm's 108 year history and commitment to philanthropy.
To acknowledge the leadership and the support he provides to non-profit organizations in the San Fernando Valley and applaud his role in CRESA's corporate philanthropy, ONEgeneration will present the "Leadership Award" to Rick Pearson and CRESA.
For more than 20 years, the National Charity League, San Fernando Valley Chapter, has donated thousands of volunteer hours and tens of thousands of dollars to ONEgeneration. In recognition of this dedication and support we will present to them the "Share the Care Award."  
If you or your company are interested in being a sponsor for this event please click here for more information.  
February Tributes and Dedications
In honor of Irving Stein, from Rita Berman

Happy 95th Birthday to Joe Siracusa, from Charlotte 

In loving memory of Delaine Werner,
dear old high school friend, I will miss you. 
Love, Marilyn

In memory of Barbara Widolf
In memory of Martin & Sylvia Zimring, from Joseph Zimring
In memory of Ileene Beekus, from Mr. Philip Feder
In memory of Sara Lipner from Carol and Stu Zimring
To make a tribute in memory of a loved one or 
to recognize a ONEgeneration supporter please 
contact Sue at (818) 708-4756 or  
Donations will be followed by a personalized message in our upcoming newsletter and message on your behalf will be sent directly to the family.

Senior Enrichment Center January Highlights

ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center  
Class of the Month: Water Color for Beginners  
Water color for beginners is a great class for those who are looking for something new and exciting to start doing. At the beginning of the class the members look over and critique the previous weeks paintings. After that it is time to get to work! Everyone sits down and takes out their supplies while they wait for the instructor Cristina to show them which painting they will be doing. Water coloring is a great way to learn a new hobby and a chance to paint beautiful paintings to showcase in your home.
Mondays 10:00AM-12:00PM
Instructor: Cristina
  Flora Warren Art Center

Thank you Providence Medical Center for providing blood glucose checks and flu shots to our seniors at the ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center! We appreciate your support and efforts to continue keeping our community healthy!!!

Cardiac Mobile Diagnostics Inc.

On Tuesday January 10 th, ONEgeneration hosted a free Ultrasound Leg health screening at the Senior Enrichment Center by  Cardiac Mobile Diagnostics Inc. The screening looked at the leg's relationship to the cardiovascular system.  Many seniors came in to check if they suffered from venous or arterial insufficiency. The very friendly sonographers used ultrasounds to screen the legs of the seniors to see if any issues were present. This event was a success as many seniors were able to be complete the screening and receive valuable feedback.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:30 am. Demystifying Aid and Attendance so you get the care and money you deserve presented by: Gerry Kane Esq. RSVP: 818-905-6088 or
Monday, February 13rd, 10 am - noon, Free Hearing Screening please call 818-705-2345 or see main office to sign up
Friday, February 17th, 9:30 am until noon. Fall Risk / Mobility Assessment Health Screening

Friday, February 17th, 10:00 am until noon. Health Wellness Friday: "What You Eat - What You Are" presented by Joanne Tarah, learn the healthy way of eating
Tuesday, February 21st, 10:30 - 11:30 am, Placement 101 presented by Senior Resources. Come learn what place is best for you.
Tuesday, February 28th, 10:30 - 11:30am Healthy Sleep presented by Kaiser Permanente.
Tuesday, February 28th, 10am-11:30, Free Legal Clinic Part II: Planning for Long Term Care: Understanding Medi-Cal Long Term Care Program, VA, ReverseMortgages and more! Presented by: Sara Polinsky, Attorney at Law
Monday, March 6, to Monday April 10, 2017 9:30 to 11 am in the community room. Healthier Living, Living Your Best Life.
Monday, February 23, 10 to 11:30am, Cooking Class: Good Foods for your Circulatory System, presented by Regal/Lakeside Medical
Friday, February 10th, 2 - 4 pm Sweetheart Dance, Live entertainment & refreshments provided, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross, suggested donation $2.00

Save The Date!

  • 2017 Senior Symposium, Saturday, May 20th, ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center at 18255 Victory Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335.  Over 80 vendors.  
ONEgeneration is proud to announce our presenting sponsor for our 2017 Senior Symposium on Saturday, May 20th: Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

Helpful information from the
ONEgeneration Childcare Program

 Did You Know?
W sitting increases the risk of the child's hip and leg muscles becoming short and tight - this can then negatively affect their coordination, balance, and the development of gross motor skills down the road
 W sitting can increase a child's risk of hip dislocation - especially those who already have hip dysplasia (which may not be formally diagnosed)
 When sitting in the W position, kids are unable to rotate their upper body
 Makes it difficult for the child to reach across the body and perform tasks that involve using both hands together or crossing their arm over from one side to the other
 This will later affect their ability to perform writing skills and other table-top activities that are important in school
 W Sitting hinders the development of a hand preference
 The child is only able to use objects on the right side of the body with the right hand and those on the left side of the body with the left hand - this could lead to coordination difficulties later in life
 W sitting makes it difficult for the child to shift their weight from one side of their body to the other
 The ability to shift weight from one side of the body to the other is especially important in standing bal-ance and when developing the ability to run and jump
 W sitting does not allow the child to develop strong trunk muscles
 In this position, the child's trunk muscles do not have to work as hard to keep them upright - instead they are relying on the wide base of support of their legs and joint structures to keep them upright

Child Care News from the Past Month:

As part of their community project, a group of students from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in Family Studies at California State University, Northridge was given a tour of the ONEgeneration Day Care campus by Director, Dr. Kristine Vardanyan. 

We had a successful Open House on Saturday, January 27th.  Many in attendance were there due to positive referrals from the parents of our children.  We are so appreciative of all the wonderful Word of Mouth recommendations.

To schedule a tour please email

Are you passionate about helping others?
Los Angeles Mission College is now offering a course in
Gerontology!  The Gerontology Program at Los Angeles Mission College can prepare you for a rewarding career in a growing industry. Learn how to address issues affecting the aging and elderly, and improve the quality of life for this growing population. This program puts you on track to earn a Certificate of Achievement so you can begin working while you continue to pursue your Associate Degree, and transfer to a four-year university.

One of the core classes, "Challenges of Aging" is being offered again in the  Spring 2017 semester which begins the week of February 6 th.

For  further  information contact:
Janice Silver, 
Child Development Department 
818-364-7714 or