August 2020
Newsletter
ONEgeneration Program Updates
Senior Enrichment Center
ONEgeneration's Senior Enrichment Center has temporarily closed to the public except for the following:
  • Drive Through Food Bank for older adults & families every Tuesday in August. 10 AM to 12:30 PM. NO WALK UPS. VEHICLES ONLY.
  • Virtual classes and workshops listed below in newsletter.
  • Call 818-705-2345 for more information.


Homebound Meal Delivery
This program will continue.
  • If you are a senior over 60 years old and in need of meal delivery, please call 818-705-2345 for information.

Transportation Services
This program will continue.
  • If you are a senior 65 years old or older and are in need of transportation, please call 818-708-6614 for information.

Grandparents As Parents
In person support groups are suspended until further notice.
  • Please call (818)264-0880 for information about participating in an online support group or for other available resources.
  • Court Navigation services are still being provided free of charge. Please contact Alejandro, ONEgeneration's Court Navigator at 818-370-2263 for an appointment.
Adult Daycare        
ONEgeneration's Adult Daycare program has temporarily suspended in-center operations.
  • Our nursing and social work staff are still maintaining regular communication with all of our participants. For updates to caregiver support groups and other programs, please contact Anna Swift at 818-708-6635, aswift@onegeneration.org or Denise Kee-White at 818-708-6376, dkeewhite@onegeneration.org
  • Caregiver August Newsletter Link

Infant/Toddler & Preschool Programs
These programs are currently open with modifications.
  • Call 818-708-6377 for more information.

Encino Farmers Market
The modified Encino Farmers Market is open Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm
  • Vendors and shoppers must wear face masks.
  • There is one entrance and one exit.
  • Plenty of free parking.
  • Please see flyer below for all modifications.

Volunteer Opportunities
There are several COVID-19 volunteer opportunities available.
Universal Charitable Deduction: The CARES Act includes provisions that allow eligible taxpayers a partial above-the-line deduction of up to $300 in gifts made to public charities for tax year 2020. Eligible taxpayers are individuals who do not itemize their deductions, allowing those taxpayers a tax benefit that they would otherwise not receive for supporting nonprofits. The deduction is limited to cash gifts only. Read more #LAtogether
Adult Daycare
Last month, ONEgeneration staff was able to actually see some of our Adult Day Care clients in person for the first time since March. They have been seeing each other on Zoom regularly but loved safely connecting in person! Thank you to all the family members who drove their loved ones to this very special “contactless meet and greet event" at our Mark Taper Intergenerational Daycare Center. We are so grateful to everyone who donated items from our ONEgeneration Amazon wish list. Each senior was given a "goodie" bag filled with fun safer-at-home items like brain puzzle and activity books. Every bag had a card lovingly constructed by one of our ONEgeneration preschoolers. Also, thank you to Brittany and the Aegis Living Granada Hills team and Shannon and the Silverado Calabasas Memory Care Community Team for their contributions to this event as well.

Here is a quote from a family member:
" Want to let you know how lovely the drive through was. It was so good to see how happy it made D. There was light in his eyes and after he took off his mask a wonderful smile. He loves his goodies. Thank you for your generosity. You touched him and me with your thoughtfulness. Thank all the others who show such caring and nurturing ways."

See photos from this special event below.
Summertime Symposium Series
Thank You
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Thank you our Summertime Symposium Presenting Sponsor Valley Presbyterian Hospital. A special thanks to their CEO Gustavo Valdespino, for delivering meals to seniors in need last month! We truly appreciate his community leadership and willingness to experience firsthand the growing need for senior nutritional support during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Brightstar Care San Fernando Valley
ONEgeneration would like to thank one of our 2020 Summertime Symposium "Stay Safe" sponsors, BrightStar Care San Fernando Valley for volunteering at our Tuesday drive-thru food bank last month. We are inspired by their commitment to our senior community. ONEgeneration's food bank is every Tuesday from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. No walk ups. Facial coverings are mandatory.
Optum
ONEgeneration would like to thank our 2020 Summertime Symposium Series "Stay Safe" sponsor Optum who presented the "Doc Talk" Health Seminar on Mental Health by Dr. Katarzyna Nasiadko last month. If you missed the live Zoom event, we will be posting a link in an upcoming newsletter. Stay tuned!
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
ONEgeneration would also like to thank Valley Presbyterian Hospital for presenting two important webinars last month, "COVID-19: Keeping our Communities Safe" and
"Isolation Factors Affecting Seniors". We will be posting a link to these webinars in an upcoming newsletter. Stay tuned!
Tuesday Drive-Thru Food Bank
Thank You
Councilman Blumenfield
Thank you to our City of Los Angeles Councilmember Bob Blumenfield for helping seniors and families in need at ONEgeneration's drive-thru food bank last month. We appreciate Councilmember Blumenfield's ongoing "hands on" support during this pandemic. Our drive-thru food bank is every Tuesday from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at ONEgeneration's Senior Enrichment Center in Reseda.
LAPD West Valley Division 
Thank you to the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division for partnering with ONEgeneration to pick up fresh produce, meat and dairy products for 50 families in need. We truly appreciate their collaboration with ONEgeneration by helping distribute food to families they know to be in need.
The House LA and West Coast University
Thank you to all our amazing volunteers including members of The House L.A. and students of West Coast University working hard in the heat to serve over 700 households weekly with food at our Food Bank.
Remedy Home Healthcare
Thank you to Remedy Home Healthcare for their ongoing support of ONEgeneration. We are truly grateful for their assistance with our senior meal delivery programs and for their donation of tote bags for our food bank.

Van Nuys Airport
We appreciate the support of our community partner Van Nuys Airport for donating tote bags for our weekly drive-thru food bank. Additional thanks to all of our tote bag donors last month. Your contributions make a huge difference in the distribution of food and help the seniors and families carry the food and pantry items safely.
ONEgeneration has been providing a free weekly Drive-Thru Food Bank for the community for over 10 weeks in response to COVID-19, thanks to our hard working staff and volunteers, and corporate partners. Tote bags are urgently needed. If your company has bags to donate, please email event@onegeneration.org. Thank you to all our bag donors.
COVID-19 Updates
Distance
LA County Emergency Operations Center - COVID-19 Update
Revised Health Officer Order Requires Closure of Additional Indoor Operations and Sectors. Click link below for full list of closures. Link
COVID-19 Resources
Caring for Yourself & Your Community English Link and Spanish Link

Friendship Line: Call 1-888-670-1360 for 24/7 support if you are 60 years or older, or an adult living with disabilities. Provided by the Institute on Aging:  Link

California Senior Medicare Patrol Fraud Alert: Link

LA County Hotline if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed 1-800-854-7771

Headspace is offering LA County residents free subscriptions to its digital platform for improving mindfulness, relaxation and well-being. Their vast library of content includes guided meditations, workout videos and sleep-promoting sounds, all of which can be readily accessed from your computer, tablet or smartphone! Signup here.

SoCalGas’ CARE program can help during these challenging times. If you’re recently unemployed or currently facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic or for other reasons, you may now be eligible to save 20% on your natural gas bill. Complete the quick online application at socalgas.com/care and find out instantly if you qualify.

Emergency Cooling Centers: Link

Metro Bike August Discounts: Link Metro Bike Free Classes: Link
Lawn Sign Messages
Do you know of a senior in the southwest SFV who is isolated at home and you want to send them a nice message?? We have yard signs for seniors that include personalized messages!! We will deliver and install with a minimum donation of $25 ☺️ All donations support ONEgeneration's Senior Enrichment Center! Call 818-708-6618 to order your sign!
Community Partners
"Thank you for those who joined our first "How to Save Money on your Utility Bills" webinar last month. If you missed it, not to fear there are 2 upcoming webinars you can sign up for! 
 
We'd also like to thank our donors who helped sponsor our webinars. They are making it possible for our attendees to win some free gift cards during each webinar. Join us for the upcoming sessions to enter our raffle. Hope to see you there!" 

Stephanie Gomez 
LADWP Community Partner
Outreach Coordinator 
If you need help filling out the Census form or would like to volunteer to make calls to our seniors about the Census, please reach out to ONEgeneration’s Census Coordinator: Juana Torres, at 818-708-6603 or at jtorres@onegeneration.org
Intergenerational Virtual Connections
Expert Article
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 .

Stern Geriatrics
16133 Ventura Blvd., Suite 360
Encino, CA 91436
818.986.6009


If you have ideas for a future article topics please contact ONEgeneration.
Dr. David Stern's Expert Corner:
Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
Covid-19 infection remains our major present health problem. Recent studies continue to list older age as well as several medical conditions that lead to severe illness resulting from the virus. These major conditions include diabetes, heart lung and kidney diseases, and obesity. Social distancing remains our most effective deterrent against the virus. I believe that wearing a mask is also of value in protecting self and others.

We remain isolated. This isolation can lead to depression. Diminished activity can lead to physical decline with an increased risk of fall. The depression and the diminished activity can also lead to cognitive decline. Every effort should be made to keep as physically active as possible. Doctors remain an important part of the equation as to how to maintain optimal good health. Make sure to reach out to your doctor to find out about virtual as well as actual office medical visits. Take your medicines as recommended. Watch that you don’t gain too much weight as a result of the relative inactivity. The body changes as we get older.  We get weaker as muscle tissue atrophies. We get shorter as the intervertebral discs between the vertebrae become thinner and the spinal column becomes curved and compressed. Heart function decreases as does lung function. Kidney size
and weight decrease. The ability to see and hear as we did when younger decreases. The skin becomes less elastic and “age spots”, oxidized lipids, appear. The sense of taste may be lost. Appetite may decrease. Weight loss often follows. Memory loss may become a problem. Gait and balance issues may result from orthopedic or neurologic issues.

We must remain vigilant. We cannot reverse most aging related issues but we may be able to limit the effects of time. Now, during this pandemic we must be alert to do all that we still can do.
 
Stay safe.
Encino Farmers Market - Open Sundays
Thank you to all our customers for supporting The ONEgeneration Encino Farmers Market. Our farmers and vendors are dedicated to bringing the best, healthiest, local products to sell every week. Currently, stone fruit is in abundance. Pluots, nectarines and peaches are the sweetest and a wide variety of grapes are coming into the market along with fresh sweet corn and watermelons perfect for an afternoon BBQ with a few friends or family. Dry dock fish company always brings a nice selection of fresh caught fish such as salmon, sea bass or scallops. So, stop by this Sunday between 8am and 1pm and please don’t forget your face coverings.
ONEgeneration's Encino Farmer's Market will be open Sundays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM with modifications. Shop for local fresh produce in an open air setting.

We have received approval by the City of Los Angeles
to remain open with the following modifications:

Safety precautions that you will see at our Encino Farmers Market

  • Vendors and shoppers will be wearing face coverings.
  • There will be no sampling of products, or hot prepared foods.  
  • Booths will maintain a distance between them, because of this you may find that the vendor you are looking for is in a slightly shifted space. 
  • The tables, chairs and umbrellas will not be set-up to avoid lingering; we are asking customers to head home after purchasing their products.  
  • There may be limits to the amount of a food product in high demand, such as eggs. Please buy only what you need, we will be back the following week!
  • There will be two gates open, one in the back of the lot as the entrance gate and the other as an exit only. You will not be able to enter the designated Exit. Please be kind to the volunteers. 
 
Please keep the following in mind when you visit the market:

  • You must wear a face covering to enter the market.
  • If you are not feeling well or have recently been unwell, please stay at home. 
  • Touch only what you plan on buying. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after visiting.  
  • Be respectful of others spaces, if there is a wait for a vendor please give room between you and the person in front of you.  
  • Please limit socializing and head to the designated Exit when you are finished shopping.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables when you get home, do not use cleaning products or other products not meant for consumption.
  • Please leave your dogs and non-service animals at home, they will not be able to enter.  

Thank you for shopping at the Encino Farmers Market, supporting local farmers and small businesses, and helping the programs of ONEgeneration.

The Encino Market accepts EBT/CAL Fresh (see below) and WIC at the main gate.
Location is the ONEgeneration JOY Intergenerational Daycare Center at 17400 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Plenty of Free Parking!
Grandparents As Parents
The GAP program continues to hold 4 online support groups a week for our caregivers. We also established a grocery delivery program in the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley and now make weekly deliveries to kinship families in need. The Edelman Children’s Court reopened to the public on June 15th and the Court Navigator continues to assist clients both at the court and remotely. 
Virtual Ways to Stay Connected
Regal Medical Group Free Classes
Join our community partner, Regal Medical Group for free online fitness, yoga, and health education classes to stay active and on top of your health, even from your living room. Follow the link below to access new classes released every week.

UCLArts & Healing's free HOPE (Healing Online for People Everywhere) Series was created to enable our global community to build resilience through social-emotional arts during this unprecedented time. Their site features over 20 online sessions, including Guided Meditation with Live Music, Drumming for Resilience, and Art Games for Real or Virtual Connection. Link
Well Connected and Well Connected Español connects individuals 60 years old and over to virtual classes, conversations, and other activities and are accessible on line or by telephone. Programs are designed to help seniors stay connected to a larger community and are available in both English and Spanish . These programs are free of charge to individual participants. 

To learn more, visit www.covia.org  or call 877-797-7299 or email coviaconnections@covia.org
Senior Planet
Senior Planet harnesses technology to change the way we age. Their online courses, programs and activities help seniors learn new skills, save money, get in shape and make new friends. Most classes are free.

LA County Library - Free Movie Access
If you do not have your LA County Library Card yet, you can sign up on line for a temporary 90 day digital card. Many virtual services available including free movies & TV shows streaming through Kanopy & Hoopla. Sign up here.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
While LACMA is currently closed, on their redesigned homepage you will find links to free enriching and inspiring content for you to Watch, Listen, Learn, Read, and Browse at home.

The Shows Must Go On!
A different Lloyd Webber musical streams each week on The Shows Must Go On!, a new YouTube channel devoted to this project. Each show goes live on the channel on Friday at 7 pm BST, and usually remains viewable for 48 hours afterward. You Tube Link
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Each Sunday evening at 7 pm PST, the LA Master Chorale will release a new recording of a concert from previous seasons in Walt Disney Concert Hall. This series will give you a way to re-live your favorite concerts and re-connect with the Master Chorale from the comfort of your own home. Link
Virtual Museum Tours
Google Arts & Culture has partnered with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world, including Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, London’s National Gallery, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Click Here
Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera announced it would stream encore presentations on their website each night at 7:30 PM. You can also stream through the Met Opera’s on-demand app.

Chatter Pack
A list of free, online resources for enrichment. Virtual tours, online learning, music, geography, nature, arts and culture, entertainment, mental health and much, much more. Click Here
StoryCorps Connect
Did you know that you can connect the generations in your life through StoryCorps Connect? Click on the link below to see how you can virtually interview a loved one through this program and have the interview archived as part of the StoryCorp collection.

Thank you to the National Council on Aging for your virtual Senior Center Resources listed above. Here are a few more of their suggested links to staying connected and engaged from home.

Regal: Classes
  • How to Sew a Medical Face Mask Tutorial - YouTube Link
  • How to Sew a Medical Face Mask Pictorial - Button Counter
  • Planet Fitness Free Workout Videos Daily on Facebook
  • Yale Science of Well Being Free Course on Coursera
  • Free Brain Training, Exercises for your Mind - Luminosity
  • Ivy League Online Free Classes, over 450 to choose from - Class Central
Community Services
Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services contracted with ONEgeneration's Senior Supportive Services Program to now include Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills and Westlake Village (LA County) as of July 2019. If you live in this area and know an older adult in need of in-home support please refer them to this program. See flyer below...
Ways to Support ONEgeneration
While City and State funding for ONEgeneration Programs is minimal, the needs we strive to meet are increasing. Help us support seniors in our communities! We depend on community member donations to keep our programs running. We thank you for your generosity!
Your donation supports:

  • $5 Senior Center Classes
  • $10 Weekend Homebound Meals
  • $20 In-home services for frail seniors
  • $50 Care-giving Support Services
  • $100 Grab Bar Installation
  • $300 Month of homebound meals for a senior couple
Donor Advised Fund / Required Minimum Distribution: 
There are tax advantages to making your contributions from your Donor Advised Fund or your Required Minimum Distribution. If you wish to make a donation to ONEgeneration through your Donor Advised Fund or from your annual Required Minimum Distribution, please contact the Financial Institution holding these funds. Your desired contribution to ONEgeneration must come directly from them.
Follow us on Facebook
Stay up to date with ONEgeneration news by following us on Facebook at @ONEgencares. You can also donate to ONEgeneration from our Facebook page or can start your own Facebook campaign for ONEgeneration.

Your support is greatly needed and appreciated at this crucial time.
Lasting Legacy Brick Program
Honor a loved one with a personalized engraved brick placed near the main entrance of our Intergenerational Center.
To learn more please email Sue Sexton at development@onegeneration.org
Planned Giving
Please consider the Seniors, Children & Families by remembering ONEgeneration in your estate plans. To learn about the possibilities please contact Sue Sexton at 818-708-4756 or email development@onegeneration.org
Ralphs Reward Card Donations
Register ONEgeneration as your Ralphs Reward Card's designated nonprofit and we will earn donation funds each time you shop at Ralphs. Register online at www.ralphs.com or by calling 800-443-4438.
Amazon Smile Donations
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.
Donate Your Vehicle
to ONEgeneration
Donate a car, truck, motorcycle, or RV to ONEgeneration and help build stronger communities. Each vehicle donation supports the senior services and intergenerational programming of ONEgeneration. Everything will be handled for you, including free pickup.
Tributes
“In honor of Dan Bagott” Sue Bagott 

“In honor of Hazel Geresy” Robert Geresy

“In memory of Maria Elena Sifuentes”
Enrique Sifuentes

"In memory of Larry Lyttle" Kat Drago
Thank You to all of our Partners & Supporters
Senior Resources
Senior Fraud Prevention Book 2020
The United States Senate's Special Committee on Aging just released the following Fighting Fraud 2020 Book which lists the top ten scams targeting our nation's seniors and ways to protect yourself from these scams. 

Important link for Senior Disaster Preparedness. This information is for Seniors and by Seniors.
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.


CDC - Fall Prevention Check List for Safety

CDC - My Mobility Plan to Stay Independent

Drive Smart - CHP Senior Volunteer Program

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.
Affiliations and Partnerships
ONEgeneration Board of Directors,
& Friends of ONEgeneration
OFFICERS
  • Stuart D. Zimring, Board Chair, Esq., Principal, Law Offices of Stuart D. Zimring
  • Jeff Friedman, Board Vice Chair, Vice President of Marketing, Dynamic Nursing, Inc.
  • Shanthi Suresh, MD  Board Vice Chair, Partner Emeritus, Geriatrics, Kaiser Permanente
  • Nathaniel Hutton, Board Treasurer, Consultant, "CATCH Healthy Habits" Program
  • Jim Esterle, Board Secretary, Executive Consultant - HR & Development

MEMBERS
  • Liz Altman-Harberger, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, AIG Life & Retirement 
  • Wendy Bavan, Providence St. Joseph Health
  • Catherine Coddington, District Director, Office of Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel
  • Karen Johnson, Medicare Officer, Health Net of CA
  • Steven Groode, Shareholder, Littler
  • Tatijana Stafets Janko, Financial Consultant
  • Joe Lagrimas, Associate Vice President Medicare, Molina Healthcare
  • Gasia Majarian, Vitas Representative, VITAS
  • Lindy Pearson, Advisor, Client Relations, Cresa
  • Gloria Pollack, Community Liaison, Gelb Group

  • Sahar Pouyanrad, Executive Director/Regional Team Leader, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank 
  • David Rutt, Principal, Dorfman & Rutt
  • Denise Villbrandt, Partner, Clumeck, Stern, Schenkelberg & Getzoff
  • Gavin Ward, Regional Director, Strategy & Partnerships, 24 Hour Home Care, LLC
  • Minister Roger Williams II, Managing Member, Family Rescue Center Health Office

  • Eva Goetz, President and CEO, ONEgeneration
  • Kenneth Kang, CFO/COO, ONEgeneration

FRIENDS of ONEgeneration
  • Karl Boeckmann
  • Marvin Burns, Esq.
  • Paul Davis
  • Amanda Flaum
  • Rickey Gelb
  • Vahid Khorsand
  • Dan Osterweil, MD
  • Marion Ross
  • Dr. Judy Rosenberg
  • Susan Rothenberg
  • Congressman Brad Sherman