September 2022
Newsletter
ONEgeneration has celebrated Intergenerational Month during September for many years. Intergenerational Month helps spread awareness of the importance of relationships had between older adults and young people. We are excited to continue this tradition of celebrating the incredible benefits of intergenerational relationships during this month.
 
Seniors from our Adult Daycare and children from our Childcare have daily opportunities to celebrate the wonder of intergenerational friendships. Together they make works of art, laugh at silly stories, play exciting games, and enjoy what their “neighbor” brings to the friendship. Seniors share their knowledge and skills while young children share their excitement and eagerness to learn. In addition to our enriching curriculum, children and seniors will celebrate Intergenerational Month with a special event every Tuesday during September. We will have the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and The Amazing Dave perform, we will host a pancake breakfast for children and seniors to enjoy together, and we will end our month with an Intergenerational Fun Day involving carnival games, art, and music.
Please stay hydrated and indoors during the hottest hours of the days while the heat wave is happening. Call 311 to find the nearest City of LA cooling center or click on this Link.
For a list of LA County Cooling Centers click in this Link.
For LADWP outage information click on this Link.
Long Beach Gives 9/22/2022
Long Beach Gives - September 22, 22
Please support ONEgeneration's Grandparents As Parents (GAP) Program whose support groups help families in not only the Los Angeles area but also in Long Beach by participating in the 4th Annual Long Beach Gives campaign happening on Thursday, September 22, 2022. This is an annual day of giving to nonprofits making a difference in Long Beach.

Click on the link below to see our GAP Campaign page and to learn how you can share the campaign with your contacts.

Thank you to the Archstone Foundation for their matching $400 contribution to our Grandparents As Parents' Long Beach Gives Campaign.
Senior Enrichment Center Activities
Thank You to Rick Jarrett and the Supo Foundation
ONEgeneration would like to thank the fabulous Rick Jarrett Jazz for his wonderful lunchtime performance at our Senior Enrichment Center last month. It was the first in-person performance in over 2 years! Lots of dancing in the aisles! Also, a huge thank you to the Supo Foundation for their support of this event and of our older adult community! Thank you to Councilmember Raman's office for participating in the event and to all of our staff and volunteers.
JOY Intergenerational Program Amazon Wish List
ONEgeneration would like to thank all of our "Create & Play" Amazon Wish List donors! We have received many of the activity supplies on the list for use in our Intergenerational Program.
Through intergenerational-shared activities such as games, art, and music children and older adults experience many benefits including increased physical activity, improved social skills, enhanced moods, engaged senses, and expanded empathy. Children and older adults are able to connect and build relationships as they engage in activities in a shared space with a fellow generation. There is still time to contribute. Just click in the link below. Thank you for your support!
Upcoming Virtual Activities
ONEgeneration Program Updates
ONEgeneration's Senior Enrichment Center 
  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
  • Vaccine Cards will be checked upon entrance (test will be required for anyone unvaccinated) Picture on your phone is acceptable
  • Masks are required
  • Annual Registration of $15.00 can be paid by cash, check or card
  • Call 818-705-2345 for more information
  • Class Schedule click here
  • Lunch Menu click here

Nutrition Services
  • Homebound Meal Delivery: If you are a Senior, 60 years or older and in need of meal delivery, please call our Case Management in-take line at 818-708-6624 for information. 
  • Dining Center: ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center: Reseda: In-person dining, Monday - Friday. REGISTRATION for lunch will be open starting at 10:30am. Lunch served at noon. $3 suggested donation. Please be ready to show proof of your COVID vaccination at the entrance (a picture on your cell phone will do). If you are not vaccinated we will provide you with a test on site. Information 818-705-2345.
  • Dining Center: Owensmouth: Pickup meals only, Tuesdays 10 -11:30 AM. $3 suggested donation. Information: (818) 708-4758, Please leave a message.
  • Dining Center: Canoga Park: Pickup meals only, Thursdays 10:30 AM - noon. $3 suggested donation. Information: (818) 708-4758, Please leave a message.
  • Dining Center: City of San Fernando Las Palmas Park: Pickup meals only, weekdays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. $3 suggested donation. Please call to register (818)654-8990.

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

Adult Daycare    
 ONEgeneration's Adult Daycare program has re-opened in-center operations.

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

Grandparents As Parents
  • Call 818-264-0880 for information about participating in a support group or for other available resources.
  • Court Navigation services are available free of charge. Please contact Alejandro, ONEgeneration's Court Navigator at 818-370-2263 for an appointment.

Encino Farmers Market
Open Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm at 17400 Victory Blvd. Plenty of free parking.

Volunteer Opportunities
We have many no-contact volunteer opportunities. All volunteer work is 'in-person".
Senior Enrichment Center Classes
ONEgeneration Thrift Corner Store
Senior Enrichment Center
Resident Newsletter Poet
AVOID THE PERILS OF LONELINESS

a poem by Norman Molesko
 
Millions of Seniors live alone and many experience loneliness.
Loneliness can lead to serious ailments, depression and death.
Avoid the perils of loneliness.  

Seniors can become involved in all sorts of activities,
interesting, engaging activities that will keep them absorbed.
Their minds become focused on these absorbing activities. 
As Seniors are absorbed in what they do, loneliness disappears.

So find interesting, engaging activities that will be absorbing.

© Norman Molesko, 2022  Ambassador For Seniors
Guest Article by Paul Davis
Medicare Annual Enrollment Period October 15 to December 7
What’s new, what you should know and
what you should be doing
1.      Big news: Inflation reduction Act of 2022 for 2023:
  • a.      Insulin copays are limited to $35/mo.
  • b.     Drug companies are required to pay rebates if drug prices rise faster than inflation.
  • c.      Adult vaccines are covered better under Medicare Part D (Shingrix is the best example). More changes coming in future years to help control drug prices. This is all good news.

2.      Big news 2: Over-the-counter hearing aids are on the way. This should sharply drive down the prices and make them more affordable. Many Medicare Advantage plans already include a hearing aid benefit. It will be interesting to see how this affects that coverage.

3.      Big news 3: Medicare will be able to negotiate drug prices. We see a lot of potential legal challenge here as drug companies try to foil this, so unclear on when it will impact.

4.      The Medicare Annual Enrollment Period is the best time to review your Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D prescription drug plans. 
You should soon receive the Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) disclosure from your current plan. Please take a few minutes to review this document as it will clearly show you what changes are occurring in your plan starting January 1, 2023. You should also make note if there are any changes to the network and confirm your doctor is still contracted. If you are happy with your plan and there are no significant take-aways you may just want to continue. Your plan will normally auto renew for 1/1/2023.

5.       Be careful about calling toll free numbers advertised on TV for help. This will likely send you to a boiler room operation where all they want to do is talk you into something new so that they can make a sale. We see many complaints of misleading sales tactics from these operations.

6.      You should set up an account for mymedicare.gov. This site allows you to save your drug list and update it to compare Part D and MAPD plans. You can also see your claims activity and confirm your coverage.

7.      Things to know:
  • a.       Medicare Advantage Plans are plans run by insurance or nonprofit companies. You assign your Medicare benefits to these entities and they become your provider of Medicare services. You no longer can use your Medicare card separately for services. Los Angeles has 70+ plans, most of which are HMO (plus some “special needs plans”). Most of these plans include drug coverage (MAPD). Many of these plans have no monthly premium.  Plan availability varies by county. Other states and counties have a very different assortment of plans. These plans are required to provide coverage at least as good as original Medicare. Plan designs vary dramatically. Many extras included such as dental and vision.
  • b.      Part D Prescription Drug Plans: These plans are sold by insurance companies and are available on standalone basis. There are 25 Part D plans available in California. If you have very expensive drugs, you will likely experience a share of cost for those drugs.
  • c. Medicare Supplement Plans: Also known as Medi-gap plans. These plans allow you to obtain Medicare covered services from any Medicare contracted provider nationwide (other than those under exclusive contracts). There are presently 10 different plans available a.      nationwide for those who turned 65 after 1/1/2020. If you are older than that, you have access to 2 additional plans—C and F. All these plans have a monthly premium that varies by age and zip code. But the benefits are standardized and identical nationwide.
  • d.      Retiree health plans: These are becoming rarer. Many companies are trying to divest themselves of this expense. If you’re paying more than $300/mo. for the plan you should probably explore other alternatives.
  • e.      Medi-Cal, Low Income Subsidy or Extra Help. If you are challenged in paying the cost for your prescriptions, be sure to check with Social Security or CA state Medi-Cal to see If you qualify for Medi-Cal or Low-Income Subsidy or Extra Help. 

8.      During the Annual Enrollment Period, you have the greatest flexibility to make changes:
  • a.       You can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan (if you have Medicare Parts A and B). There are no health questions.
  • b.      You can drop out of a Medicare Advantage plan and return to original Medicare. In doing this you would usually add a Part D drug plan and you can apply for a Medicare Supplement plan. 
  • c.      You can change from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another plan from the same company or with a different company.
  • d.      You can enroll in a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) if you have Medicare Part A or B.
  • e.      You can drop your Part D drug plan (not recommended).

9.       During the Annual Enrollment Period you normally do NOT have a guaranteed enrollment into a Medicare Supplement Plan. You normally must answer health history questions. However, there are some Special Enrollment Periods or circumstances that might alter that.
  • a.      If you have moved out of the service area of your Medicare Advantage Plan
  • b.      If you are losing group health coverage
  • c.      If you lose Medi-Cal
  • d.      If your Medicare Advantage plan reduced benefits
  • e.      If you medical group is no longer in the network of your plan
  • f.       If a carrier is offering an “underwriting holiday”

10.       If you are turning 65 or new to Medicare, you can enroll in any plan you wish on a guaranteed basis.

Paul Davis, Paul Davis Insurance Services is an independent agent representing the major carriers for Medicare supplement, Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. 818 888 0880 pdinsure.com, CA license #’s 0669770, 0M47932. Also, now licensed in 20 other states. Supporter of ONE generation since 2003.
Self- Measured Blood Pressure Program
The Self-Measured Blood Pressure Program (SMBP) is a free community program which provides each participate with a digital blood pressure monitor and eight weeks of individualized support. Weekly educational modules are presented on the following topics:

·        The basic physiology of blood pressure
·        Sodium and Hypertension
·        Exercise and Hypertension
·        Medication Protocols/ Medication Audits
·        Diet and Nutrition
·        How to self-manage your blood pressure

In order to be eligible the participant must have been diagnosed with hypertension or as pre-hypertensive. All educational modules are currently conducted remotely via weekly phone calls. Please contact Jasmine Martinez for more information at jasmartinez@onegeneration.org.
ONEcaregiver Resource Center Website
Childcare
Last week, ONEgeneration Childcare's Tigers, Dragon and Dinosaur classrooms all went on a storybook adventure as they covered fairytales for their curriculum. They covered Little Red Riding Hood, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, Pinocchio and more. 
Grandparents As Parents
Last month, ONEgeneration’s Grandparents As Parents (GAP) Program held a Back to School Event for our families. We distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to our GAP families and all the children and caregivers enjoyed receiving a cool treat from the Kona Ice Truck on a warm summer day. Some wonderful ONEgeneration volunteers were there to do face painting and really showed off their dedication and artistic skills by being willing to take requests! The GAP program is proud to be able to assist our families with the return to school each year. 
Back to School event Kona Ice treat!
Back to School Kona Ice Truck
Back to School Backpacks
Health & Wellness Resources





​​​​​​Medi-Nurse Line: ​​​​​​If you don’t have health care coverage, or you have Medi-Cal but don’t have a regular doctor, the advice line can connect you with a nurse to talk about COVID-19 symptoms and help connect you with local resources. This service is available 24/7. Call (877) 409-9052​​.

Medi-Cal Extended to 50+ Click on link to see if you qualify.


Nutritional & Beverage Products Recall: Click on link for details.

More Virtual Ways to Stay Connected
Flyers en Español
Thank You
Baker Tilly
Thank you Baker Tilly volunteers for joining ONEgeneration last month to deliver meals to homebound older adults! We appreciate your dedication to helping others in your community!

If you or your group would like to volunteer email volunteer at onegeneration.org
For Goodness Cakes
ONEgeneration and our Grandparents As Parents program would like to thank our community partner the LA Chapter of For Goodness Cakes California for dropping off cupcakes for our staff in honor of "Appreciation Season"! We are so grateful of their support!

For Goodness Cakes provides free cakes to our GAP families in celebration of recent birthdays and graduations. We are truly inspired by their mission to spread Love, Joy, and Frosting!
National Charity League
Thank you to everyone who came to Bingo at our ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center last month and to the mothers & daughters of the National Charity League (NCL), San Fernando Valley Chapter who hosted this event. We love intergenerational volunteering!!
Mindful Veteran Project
Thank you to our community partner, the Mindful Veteran's Project for hosting a recent event for Veterans & Military Families highlighting the benefits of Mindful Eating. MVP picks up food from ONEgeneration's food pantry and distributes to our Veterans community.
Community Partnerships
ONEgeneration is collaborating with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to help small businesses save money and energy! If you own a small business in the San Fernando Valley you can qualify for a free assessment to identify areas where you can save energy. A trained LADWP Energy Service Representative will do the assessment and then install energy-efficient products at no cost to you! That’s right, you could get free energy efficient lighting systems, lamps and LED exit signs for your business for free.

Contact our Community Environmental Project Manager, Juana Torres to sign-up via email at jtorres@onegeneration.org or call her at 818-708-6603.
Encino Farmers Market - Open Sundays 8am - 1pm
ONEgeneration JOY Intergenerational Daycare Center
17400 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406.  
Plenty of Free Parking in the adjacent parking lot!
On a hot summer’s day what could be better than an iced coffee! Our new vendor, Three Hats Coffee Company out of Irvine offers a choice of 7 varieties of roasted beans. Ethiopian blend, Brazilian Blend and Guatemalan. My favorite is their iced salted Caramel Brew.  On the farmers side of the market our new mushroom farmer Mzo Mushroom Culture out of East LA has a wide variety of mushrooms, such as Pearl, Sliver and Pink Oyster mushrooms and the delicious Lion’s Mane. Soon they will carry Shitakes, just in time for Thanksgiving. Visit G Organic Farms to try their famous Chocolate Persimmons and soon to arrive Pomegranates.

Thank you for shopping at the Encino Farmers Market, supporting local farmers and small businesses, and helping the programs of ONEgeneration.
Tributes
In memory of Maria Elena Sifuentes. Enrique Sifuentes 
Ways to Support ONEgeneration
Amazon Smile

Click on the Amazon Smile button below to log into your Amazon account and to select ONEgeneration as your nonprofit. 
Remember to log into AmazonSmile each time you make an Amazon purchase so that ONEgeneration receives the donation.
Website

Help us support seniors in our communities! We depend on community member donations to keep our programs running. We thank you for your generosity! Donate on our website using Paypal or a credit card by clicking on the button below.
Ralph's Reward Card

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 by clicking on the button below or by calling 800-443-4438.
Facebook

Did you know that not only can you follow ONEgeneration on our Facebook page to stay up to-date on our news but that you can also donate to ONEgeneration by clicking on the donate button on our Facebook Page @ONEgencares?
Donate your vehicle

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. Click on button below to be taken to our vehicle donation web page or call 855-500-RIDE or 855-500-7433 for more information.
Donor-Advised Funds

There are tax advantages to making your contributions from your Donor-Advised Fund. If you wish to make a donation to ONEgeneration through your DAF, please contact the Financial Institution holding these funds. Your desired contribution to ONEgeneration must come directly from them. Learn more on our website's donation page, scroll down on page to tabs.
Thrift Corner Store

ONEgeneration's Senior Enrichment Center Thrift Corner Store is looking for donations of slightly used clothing and household items. For questions or to schedule a donation drop-off, call Andree Goens at 818-708-6605.
Check

To donate via a check, please make it payable to ONEgeneration & mail to
ONEgeneration Fund Development,
17400 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406.
We appreciate your support!
Planned Giving
Leaving a legacy can help impact our communities for decades to come. Please consider ONEgeneration in your future giving plans. To learn about ONEgeneration's Planned Giving options, please contact Sue Sexton at 818-708-4756 or email development@onegeneration.org
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
Thank You to our Newsletter Sponsor
Paul Davis Insurance Services
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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, Oasis - 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, Consultant
  • Karen Johnson, Ret. Medicare Officer
  • Vahid Khorsand, Commissioner, Public Works
  • Tatijana Stafets Janko, Financial Consultant
  • Joe Lagrimas, Associate Vice President Medicare, Molina Healthcare
  • Gasia Majarian, Executive Director, Bristol Hospice
  • Lindy Pearson, Advisor, Client Relations, Cushman & Wakefield
  • 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
  • Minister Roger Williams II, Practitioner of Public Health, Terra Health, LLC

  • Jenna Hauss, MSW, President & CEO, ONEgeneration
  • Kenneth Kang, CFO & COO, ONEgeneration

In Memoriam
  • Karl Boeckmann
  • Fred Simmons, Esq.
  • Harry Vickman

FRIENDS of ONEgeneration
  • Marvin Burns, Esq.
  • Paul Davis
  • Rickey Gelb
  • Eva Goetz
  • Dan Osterweil, MD
  • Marion Ross
  • Dr. Judy Rosenberg
  • Susan Rothenberg
  • Congressman Brad Sherman
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