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February 2018
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*Reminder*
ONEgeneration will be Closed Monday, February 19th in Observance of Presidents Day
Intergenerational Programs
In honor of Martin Luther King Day the ONEgeneration preschoolers and their senior neighbors made Multi-Cultural Dolls which represented the "colors of us."
ONEgeneration's "Around the World Wednesdays"this month featured Thailand. Besides decorating lotus flowers & elephants, the intergenerational neighbors learned how to locate this beautiful country on the globe.
Students from USC’s Social Innovative Design Course are joining active older adults at our Senior Enrichment Center from January through March. Each Friday, these students attend the center to socialize with our seniors. Conversations cross a variety of topics provide both students and seniors the opportunity to get to know each other. The students have also been able to join in classes at the Center, learning a bit of folk dancing along the way. We look forward to seeing these relationships develop.
Save The Date
Encino Farmers Market
February is the month of love and you will find a wide variety of special gifts at the Encino Farmers Market for your sweetheart. Our crafters offer unique items many of which are handmade like custom jewelry or knitted clothing. For a more traditional gift like flowers or a beautiful orchid our farmers will be happy to help you pick out the perfect bloom. If you are the adventurous type maybe pick up a basket of strawberries to dip in chocolate. For those of you staying home to cook for your loved one on Valentine’s Day try a New York or Ribeye Steak from Autonomy Farms, all grass fed, no hormones or antibiotics. 

Happy Valentine’s Day
Market Match is available every Sunday for a match up to $10!!
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: Flu Season
A serious flu season is upon us. I thought it best to delay further discussion of heart diseases at this time to speak about the flu. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and are worse than those of the common cold which they resemble. They may include: body or muscle aches, chills, cough, fever, headache, sore throat and fatigue.

The flu can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, may lead to death. The elderly, newborn babies, and people with certain chronic illnesses are at greatest risk. The first and most important step in preventing the flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months or older, and is especially important for pregnant women, children younger than 5, adults older than 65, and others who are at high risk of complication from the flu such as those with COPD or other debilitating chronic diseases. While experts say the flu shot may be only 30% effective this year, in terms of prevention, it can reduce the severity of symptoms for people who get the flu. It takes about two weeks from vaccination for the shot to take effect. 

It is likely that flu viruses are spread by tiny droplets made when people who have the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person may get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching his or her mouth, or nose, or eyes. Everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and frequent hand washing) are also important. It is very difficult to distinguish the flu from other viral or bacterial causes of respiratory illnesses on the basis of symptoms alone. There are tests available to diagnose the flu and there are influenza antiviral drugs, like Tamiflu, that can be used to treat flu illness. 

The flu season, which runs from October through May, typically peaks in February. The 2017-2018 flu season is shaping up to be one of the deadliest in recent history. This year seems to be an especially tough one with a large number of cases of the flu and a large number of people who have died as a result of the flu. The dominant strain of flu virus this year is unusually lethal and the vaccine prepared for this season is particularly ineffective at preventing people from getting sick. My recommendation for a healthy flu season is to follow the recommendation noted above and to see your doctor if you are sick and think that you have something more than just a “cold” in progress.
Photos from Our Programs
Intergenerational neighbors making Thai Bells as part of our "Around the World" cultural series.
Thank you to the Choir Troupers for their performance in our Adult Daycare. Our seniors love live music. Please reach out if you would like to share your talents with us.
Guest Article
The New Food Pyramid for Older Adults by Lisa Fields
The nutrition guidelines you grew up with are outdated. Here’s how to feed your body what it really needs.
It’s never too late to start eating healthier. But if it’s been a while since you’ve checked your habits, you may need a refresher on what a “well-balanced diet” actually means these days.

The general recommendations from yesteryear–including the USDA’s Basic Four food groups, the Food Wheel, and the Food Guide Pyramid–are outdated. Now the USDA uses a MyPlate icon that serves as a reminder for healthy eating, showing about how much Americans should consume from each of five categories: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy.

Unlike its predecessors, MyPlate is not intended to provide specific guidelines but rather offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs. That may not sound very helpful at first, but it’s based on the fact that a healthy diet isn’t exactly the same for everyone. It’s shaped by many factors, including preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and your stage of life.

That last one is especially important: Dietary needs change with age—and that means your diet might need an update too. That’s why researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNCRA) at Tufts University created a modified version of MyPlate called MyPlate for Older Adults , which offers the following basic guidelines:

1.    Season with Spices, Not Salt
2.  Load Up on Calcium and Vitamin D
3.  Fill Your Plate with Fiber
4.  Be Vigilant About Vitamin B
5.  Drink More Fluids, Even When You Are Not Thirsty


Thank you to SilverSneakers for allowing us to share this article. ONEgeneration's Senior Enrichment Center is a proud SilverSneakers location.
Senior Enrichment Center News
Health Net Grant
ONEgeneration would like to thank our partner Health Net for their generous grant. The funds will assist with capitial improvements to the ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center.

Pictured left: Jenna Hauss, Senior Enrichment Center Director, Chad Rowedder, Health Net Territory Manager and Eva Goetz, ONEgeneration CEO & President.
Last month ONEgeneration, as part of our Senior Center’s Friday Movies at 2 pm series, screened the film A United Kingdom . You can imagine the surprise of the movie goers on that day when the producer and the star of the film, David Oyelowo accompanied his father to the event! David graciously introduced the film and spoke to the seniors in attendance about the historic story and about how his own father was a true inspiration to him in his work. We are so appreciative to David and his father for their kindness.
Birthday Celebration
Last month ONEgeneration celebrated our employee Kit's 93rd Birthday. Kit has been working at ONEgeneration for 27 years and is a true inspiration to our staff, volunteers and center's members. Kit always has a smile on her face and a positive outlook on life. Happy Birthday Kit!
Health Screenings
Thank you to Vital Scan for coming to the ONEgeneration's Senior Enrichment Center last month and hosting free Stroke and Thyroid health screenings.

To see other upcoming free screenings at ONEgeneration please check our Senior Center Schedule.
Class of the Month
Women's Support Group

Thursdays 10:00 - 11:15 AM, Facilitator: Nancy

The members of this group have personal discussions in a safe space. Led by Nancy, participants relate stories about what happened to them since the last time they met, and ask how each other’s families are doing.

When someone shares a story, they also talk about how it made them feel, good or bad. Before other members offer advice, Nancy asks them to think about how they react first, and then to provide support. Everyone is encouraged to contribute and if they prefer not to, that's okay. But usually advice and encouragement are offered. The vibe ranges from moments of quiet understanding to lively, active discussion, always in an atmosphere of shared trust.

The participants exchange words of wisdom on facing the last third of life, and how to make the most of it. A member of the group volunteered that she was about to turn 68 and everyone is surprised, exclaiming "I thought you were younger!" She asks the others for their advice on how she should spend her time.

The advice she receives from the group is varied and helpful:
  • “Do something for others — volunteer!”
  • “Do something with your husband and appreciate you have someone next to you.”
  • “Take some time to yourself; at our age you don't have to be moving all the time.” “Don’t feel guilty about doing nothing!”
  • Take a class: Acting lessons! Swimming! Yoga!
  • One of the members sums it up: “The idea is you can still have some kind of success, no matter your age”…. “And have a good time!”
 
That's sound advice for any age, and if this sounds like the kind of class for you, then come on down this Thursday .
New Classes this month:

  • Wednesdays: Aerobics / Body Conditioning, 8 - 9 AM, Multi-Purpose rooms 2 & 3. Flyer

  • Mondays: Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga, 9 - 10 AM. Members must sign up, Please call the main office at 818-705-2345 to sign up. Flyer
February Save The Dates

  • 2/14 Wednesday, 2-4 PM - Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dance co-sponsored by HealthCare Partners Medical Group. Blood pressure screenings, refreshments, photo booth. Flyer

  • 2/15 Thursday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM - Gerry Kane Life Care Planning Presentation, Flyer

  • 2/20 Tuesday, 11 AM until 2 PM. Free Health Screenings by SCAN Health Plan, Blood Pressure and BMI. Flyer

  • 2/21 Wednesday, 1 to 2 PM Cultural Celebration: China. Activity Room. Flyer

  • 2/22 Thursday, Doc Talk Presentation: The Difference between Colds, The Flu & Pneumonia by Dr. Elie Farhadian and sponsored by HealthCare Partners Medical Group, 10 to 11 AM. RSVP at 818-705-2345. Flyer

  • 2/23 California Telephone Access Program, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, Community Room. 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
Senior Center Travel Highlights

  • 2/3/2018 - Pala Casino, leaves 8 AM and returns at 6 PM. Cost is $12.00. Flyer

  • 3/6/2018 - Dana Wharf in Dana Point Harbor Whale watching Adventure, explore the ocean in search of whales, dolphin, sea lion and other exciting marine life!leaves at 10 AM returns at 6 PM. Cost is $48.00. Lunch at Proud Mary's not included. Flyer

  • 3/27/2018 Tuesday - Descanso Gardens - Join us for this guided tour of the botanical gardens located in La Canada. Will also stop by the town of Montrose after the tour. Lunch on your own. Trip leaves at 9 AM and returns at 5 PM. Cost is $42.00. Flyer

For questions please call the ONEgeneration Travel Office Monday through Fridays at 818-708-6604
Childcare
Guest Speaker Tanya Anton
Thank you to Tanya for a wonderful presentation and to the ONEgeneration Parents Advisory Group for producing the evening's event.
Last month, Tanya Anton, author of GoMamaGuide’s “Westside Guide to Public Elementary Schools,” “Westside Guide to Middle School,” “Valley Guide to Public Elementary Schools,” and the forthcoming “GoMamaGuide to LAUSD” spoke to our preschool parents about their children’s entry into the public school system.

Parents learned how and when to begin the application process, how points work at magnet schools, how charter schools work, eligibility for entry, and so much more. Childcare was provided along with dinner for children and refreshments for adults. 
 
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
Thank You to all of our Partners and Supporters
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Trending at ONEgeneration
ONEgeneration's 40th Anniversary 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 our 2018 monthly newsletters. Or you can share your story on our Facebook page or on Twitter or Instagram using #ONEgenCares
Tales From the Road

ONEgeneration home bound meal delivery person Terry received a card from one of her senior meal recipients thanking her for the meal service and saying "You are a breath of fresh air in the morning and a good way to start the day." The card also included a photo taken with his wife when he was the age of 16, she was 15 and a recent photo of them at 90 and 89! They had been together for 71 years.
Tributes
When you donate to ONEgeneration you can request to honor or recognize someone. Check out our Tribute Section to see this month's dedications. Donate Here
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.
Massage 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 The Encino Chamber of Commerce, Panera Bread, Western Bagel, McDonald's at Victory and Reseda and Costco for their food donations. These donations are greatly appreciated by our seniors.
Thrift Corner Shop
Support ONEgeneration by shopping at our Thrift Corner Store which is open Monday - Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM. Our merchandise changes often so stop by regularly to get the best selections of gently worn clothing from nice stores and designers and household items. Bargains Galore!
Resources
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February Tributes
In memory of Howard A Miller from Craig Sunderland

In memory of Howard Miller from Ronald & Diane Sunderland

In memory of Ileene Berkus from Cindy & Philip Feder

In memory of Lisa Muir from Pat Johnson 

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