January 2018
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Message from CEO
The start of a New Year can be an exciting time – no matter what particular New Year our diverse communities celebrate and recognize. We ascribe hopeful desires for rejuvenation, self-improvement, a better society and continuing hope for peace in the world.

All of us at ONEgeneration are thankful for the generosity of the many friends who have supported us. It is because of you, and our hard working volunteers and dedicated staff that we are able to look to the future and to provide the programs and services that so many in our communities need and depend upon.

While there are many challenges ahead in the year to come, your commitment to help your neighbors, to share your time and resources, is the foundation of hope – of a New Year.

Eva Goetz
President & CEO
Holidays at ONEgeneration
Santa Visits our Adultday Care Seniors
Rabbi Eli demonstrated the lighting of the Menorah to our Day Care Seniors
ONEgeneration Senior Center Holiday Show
ONEgeneration Senior Center Holiday Show
ONEgeneration Senior Center Holiday Show
ONEgeneration Senior Center Holiday Show
Our Annual SHARE Project
Sending Help And Real Essentials
Thank you to all those who participated in our annual SHARE Project to help low income seniors in the San Fernando Valley by "adopting" the needs of these grateful older adults. Generous donors received a profile with some information about the senior they were helping and a few basic household necessities that they would appreciate. Items requested included toilet paper, canned foods, toiletries, cleaning products and even walkers. 

This year we were able to provide items to over 160 low income older adults. Groups of employees were eager to help and requested a record number of seniors to assist this year from the following companies: Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Planet Art, Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Food Forward, 24Hr HomeCare, Canyon Trails, Jewish Home Los Angeles, Omron, 7-11 and members of The Valley Church. In addition, community members, families and groups of friends reached out to help someone in their community! Thank you to all who helped to spread the holiday cheer to a senior in need this season. Upon deliveries there were tears, hugs and most of all expressions of gratitude!
Thank you to Providence Health Services
Thank you  Providence Health & Services  for supporting our seniors in need and participating in our annual  SHARE Project  by "adopting" the needs of a few seniors in the San Fernando Valley. Click here to read all about the great work of Providence Health & Services in a San Fernando Valley Sun article.
Intergenerational Programs
During December in our Intergeneration Day Care the kids and their senior neighbors worked on many holiday projects together like decorating pine-cones.
ONEgeneration was honored to have the Holiday Bell Choir from The Arc of the United States perform for the children and their senior neighbors as part of the Intergenerational celebration of the season.
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
Happy New year to all our wonderful customers. If you made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier what better place to start than your local farmers market. Our farmers pick their produce the day before market to ensure its freshness. Persimmons, Satsumas and a wide variety of apples are all in season. We have vendors who sell vegan products, gluten free 
products and other healthy fresh dishes.  I would also like to welcome back a flower farmer, Venegas Growers, from Fallbrook who sold here a few years ago. They also offer dragon fruits and passion fruits picked fresh from their farm.  
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
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.
Guest Expert Articles
Lori Michiel, NASM-CPT

Can Physical Activity Help You Triumph Over Lingering Holiday Blues?   Lori Michiel, NASM-CPT
Can You Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder Once and for All? 
The holidays are finally over. For some it’s a good thing-- for others not so much. Were the holidays everything magical you’d hoped for? Filled with family and social events? While many anticipate that outcome, more often than not the joyous season brings on the blues that persist beyond the New Year’s celebrations. Research shows that the holiday blues, also known as seasonal affective disorder, affects 10 million Americans each year . Mental Health America identifies headaches, irritability, excessive drinking, over-eating, and difficulty sleeping as symptoms of these blues. Can this wave of depression be beat? The answer is a joyful YES! 

Sadness, anxiety, and loneliness - it’s a rough way to start the New Year, but it doesn’t have to be. Recent discoveries show the best way to overcome the holiday blues is a combination of three components: positivity, physical fitness, and social support--with emphasis on building a supportive tribe.  

Pathologist expert, Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD suggests embracing the present moment and “look to the future with optimism”. Shawn Anchor , the avid researcher, author and speaker on positive psychology has concluded extensive research that supports this notion. “When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient and productive.” The lesson learned? Stop living in regret and despair in what should have been these last few weeks, and start moving forward emphasizing on the good around you. 

10 Changes to Your Morning Routine
That Will Keep You Focused All Day

They say the way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. We’ve all been there -- chaotic mornings when you rush out the door, still feeling groggy. However, having a stress-free morning not only drastically improves productivity throughout the day, but also has many proven health benefits such as lowering blood pressure. Though some of us will never truly be morning people, simple changes in routine can make your early day just a little more bearable. We have ten simple morning rituals to keep you focused and energized.

  1. Don’t Skip Breakfast   
  2. Drink Tea
  3. Listen to Upbeat Music
  4. Do An Extreme Stretch From Bed
  5. Exercise
  6. Take Multivitamins
  7. Minimize Decision Making
  8. Work Your Brain
  9. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
  10. Give Morning Kisses

Article courtesy of Silverado Beverly Place Memory Care Community
Senior Enrichment Center News
Senior of the Month
Lloyd “Bernie” Wright, an 86 year old Korean War Combat Vet has been attending ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center for over 5 years. When he first came to ONEgeneration, he wasn’t able to walk and needed assistance getting around. Determined to become independent again, Bernie began to take the Arthritis Foundation, Evidence Based Class 3 days a week. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise program is a community-based recreational class which covers a variety of range-of-motion and endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics demonstrating improved functional ability, decreased depression, and increased confidence in one’s ability to exercise.

In 1951, Mr. Wright who served as an aidman, received an award of decoration, a bronze star medal for heroic action against an armed enemy in Korea. Bernie was recognized for answering calls from wounded men, voluntarily exposing himself to enemy fire when medical aid was so greatly needed. After his service in the military, Bernie enjoyed his time married to his wife of 41 years and 3 children. He retired as a General Manager for a School Bus Operation and soon after suffered from an infection which affected his ability to ambulate independently.

Bernie gives credit to ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center’s abundant class offerings, more specifically the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Classes. “I wasn’t able to walk before coming to ONEgeneration. Now I can happily say that I am able to walk again and feel great about my health and wellbeing”. ONEgeneration thanks Mr. Wright for his service and is thankful for being able to support him in his journey to walking again and sustaining independence!

Arthritis Foundation has exercise classes at the ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center 3 days a week. Click on the class schedule at the top of this page for additional information
Class of the Month

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Chair Exercise

Wed, Fri

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Chhiv

This class is great for those who want to exercise but have trouble with their balance. The class begins with warming up the feet and legs as fun music plays. After that the group stretches and instructor Chhiv brings out the resistance bands to work the arms and legs. There are various exercises that are done to get a great work out and staying fit. This class is super fun because Chhiv is very humorous and tells jokes through-out exercises. She makes the class enjoyable which helps it to go by fast! Come join Chhiv’s class to have fun and stay fit!!
January Save The Dates

  • 1/11 Thursday 10:30 AM - Medical Director of Dignity Health Northridge Hospital, Dr. Jeremy Grosser will speak on Advanced Care Planning Before Receiving Critical Care. Flyer

  • 1/18 Thursday 9:30 AM - Joanne D'Antonio of New Horizons Green-light to Mobility will lead an advanced workshop on using your mobile device or laptop to find your way on public transportation. Bring your tablet, cell phone or laptop to this free workshop. Flyer

  • 1/25 Thursday 10:30 -11:30 AM - New Year, New You Cooking Class presented by Regal Medical Group and Lakeside Community Health Care. Flyer

  • 1/30 Tuesday 10:00 AM - Travel Talk Irish Splendor Presentation to discuss the trip to Ireland that will be happening October 30th til November 6th, 2018. Please RSVP for the presentation by calling 818-708-6604. 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

  • 2/1/2018 Huntington Library Trip leaves at 10 AM and returns at 4 PM. Cost is $25.00. Reserve your seat by 1/15/18

  • 2/3/2018 Pala Casino Trip leaves 8 AM and returns at 6 PM. Cost is $12.00. Reserve your seat by 2/10/2018

  • 2/11/2018 Sunday, Smokey Joes Cafe leaves at 11:30 AM and returns at 7:30 PM. Cost is $92.00 and includes dinner and music. Reserve your seat by 1/15/2018

  • 2/22 Elvis, leaves at 10 Am and returns at 6 PM. Cost is $89.00 and includes lunch and show. Reserve your seat by 1/15/2018

For questions please call the ONEgeneration Travel Office M-F at 818-708-6604.


or CALL 323-980-2260 


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Last month our preschool hosted a Holiday Party which included a variety of activities that took place simultaneously in different classrooms. 

  • The Butterfly Room became the place to take Family Photos with a cool background. These photos were printed and given to parents.
  • The Busy Bees Room was for decorating the fun frames to be used for the photos taken above.
  • The Roaring Lions Room was the baker’s headquarters where Christmas Cookies were decorated.
  • The Sea Turtles Room allowed families to put on their chef’s hat to make their own Hanukkah Latkes.
  • The Dinosaurs Room was the place to come and enjoy a delicious dinner provided by ONEgeneration.
  • The Dragons Room was the room where families made Kinaras, the candle holder for Kwanzaa. 
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
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 The Encino Chamber of Commerce, Panera Bread, Western Bagel, McDonald's at Victory and Reseda and Costco for their food donations. These donations help support our senior services programs.
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 and household items. Bargains Galore!
Important link for Senior Disaster Preparedness. This information is for Seniors and by Seniors.

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.
January Tributes

In honor of Jim & Roxie Esterle from Howard & Roberta Suber

“In Memory of David Goetz” 1978 – 2014

In memory of Mary Behling from Judith Toomey

In honor of Richard Dunaetz from Arlene Dunaetz

In honor of Jerry and Karen from Maria Orefice

In memory of Ms. Joan Whitmore from Carol & Stu Zimring

To honor JoAnn & Joe (Exercise thru Dance Class) with Love, Violet

In memory of Martin Zimring from Donald Zimring
In memory of Barbara Widolf
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