ALZHEIMER’S FAMILY CENTER
Healthy Brain Expo
THURSDAY, SEPT. 24
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Alzheimer’s Family Center of Huntington Beach will present the Healthy Brain Expo on SBTV-Channel 3 on Sept. 24. SBTV-3 airs 24/7 on TWC Spectrum CH3, Frontier Fios CH37 & online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule.
JOIN IT FOR:
• Free memory screenings
• Presentations on brain health and memory loss
• Caregiver resources
The Healthy Brain Expo was originally created to raise awareness about memory loss and the importance of getting screened for it often.
The first two in-person Healthy Brain Expos attracted over 500 attendees, with nearly one third of attendees participating in free memory checkups. This will be the group’s first virtual expo.
More information to come next week.
For more information now, visit www.AFSCenter.org or call (714) 593-9630.
Golf Cart Maintenance Air & Water Day
by Mike Levitt
Our lives may be different right now, but many of our routine, important activities remain unchanged. This certainly includes regular maintenance of our golf carts. Failure to add water to your batteries or air to cart tires could lead to a lot of extra and unplanned walking.
The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club is ready to help.
The club’s quarterly Air&Water Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, in the Clubhouse 4 parking lot.
To maintain social distancing and follow other safety guidelines, the popular maintenance event was moved to Clubhouse 4 with the entrance to the cart line-up on the exit/alley roadway that connects Northwood Road and North Gate Road on the east side of Clubhouse 3. Just look for the signs and follow the traffic cones. Club volunteers and Security staff will be on hand to assist. Free cart inspections will begin at 9 a.m., and conclude at 10:30 a.m. sharp.
There is never a charge for this valuable service, and all LW cart and scooter owners are urged to participate, club members or not.
These safety rules MUST be followed: masks must be worn at all times; only one person per cart; drivers must remain in their carts until batteries are being checked. This is not the usual procedure, to be sure, but then these are not the usual conditions.
All are welcome to take this opportunity to get of the house safely, compliments of the Rollin’ Thunder Club.
For further information, call club President Tom Davis at 431-6859.
LIFE IS A JOURNEY
2020 Life Options—Choosing the RIght Road Forward
by Cindy Tostado
GRF member resource/assistance liaison
This year would have been the fifth Life Options Expo held in Leisure World to provide a platform to showcase a variety of resources and services to help residents live their best lives now and as changes come in the future.
With the repercussions of the novel coronavirus, we will use the LW Weekly as our vehicle this year. In this issue, you will find a wealth of information on how to tap into services and sources to help you stay connected and protected.
Planning for your life does not end when you turn 65. Many people find that they have to adjust as they age—to changes in physical or medical conditions, death of loved ones, financial, and social/emotional changes.
Life has a way of throwing us curve balls and forcing us to make tough and quick decisions. You could have a medical emergency that could alter your independence either temporarily or permanently. You could experience a slow steady decline that makes performing simple tasks much more difficult or dangerous. These changes can be frightening “What are my options?”
The more options you have for aging well, the better the balance of independence and safety. When independence is threatened, my advice is simple: plan for these events before they happen. We cannot plan for every single situation that may arise, but you can have a plan in place that will be your guide. Share that plan with family or decision-makers, make your wishes known.
As the GRF Member Resource Liaison, it has been my position to bring awareness in a non-threatening manner to the many options that are available to community members. Residents often find themselves in situations where they need care, support and/or other services to remain independent and safe at home.
Our goal is to maintain a great quality of life and to provide links to resources to foster that:
• Home Care Companies:
They provide non-medical services to clients who need assistance with activities of daily living in their own home. These services may be provided to a client due to advanced age, physical or mental disability and who cannot perform the activities of
daily living. These activities include, but are not limited to: bathing, dressing, feeding, transportation, exercising, positioning, companionship, shopping, making telephone calls, transferring/ambulating, housekeeping/laundry, toileting and incontinence care, meal planning and preparation and personal hygiene and grooming. These services are not covered under Medicare.
• Assisted Living Facilities
They provide services under one roof in either private or shared rooms. Services include dining, housekeeping and laundry, chauffeured transportation, emergency response system, utilities and wellness and care services. A variety of activities designed to engage seniors physically, intellectually, and socially are provided. Additional services are available for a fee.
• Placement Specialists/Family Advocates
They are available to assist seniors and/or their families in locating appropriate housing in assisted living facilities should living at home no longer be an option.
• County and Community-Based Programs
These programs address and provide access to socialization, transportation, including physical, medical, and mental health concerns.
• Personal Alert Systems:
The 24-hour monitoring devices support individuals in maintaining an independent, healthy and active lifestyles. These devices provide security and peace of mind that comes with knowing reliable help is always there without the cost of full-time care.
• Meals on Wheels Programs
These programs provide home delivered meals to residents who may be unable to cook their own meals any longer. These are donation-based and private pay programs available depending on eligibility.
LW Calendar entries due Sept. 30
The LW Weekly will produce a 2021 wall calendar featuring the work of Leisure World photographers in time for the holidays.
The deadline is Sept. 30.
Potential contributors should submit large, high-resolution, 300 dpi images in landscape format of places and spaces in and around Leisure World and Seal Beach.
Photos of people are not eligible.
Cell phone photos should be emailed in the “actual size” format. Email entries to email@example.com with name, address, phone number and a brief description of the photo.
For information on technical requirements, call 431-6586, ext. 392.
The calendar will be delivered to every unit for free. Additional copies may be purchased for $1.50.
New Ballot Drop Box is here
The Orange County Registrar of Voters installed a permanent ballot drop box Sept. 3 for the convenience of Leisure World voters. The drop box is located near the bus stop at the Amphitheater, next to the U.S. Mailbox. It is accessible to drivers, pedestrians and those in mobility vehicles.
Ballots will be mailed starting Oct. 5, the same day that the ballot box will be unlocked to receive votes, according to Espie Martinez, the vote center support lead for the Registrar’s Office. The Ballot Drop Box is a secure and locked receptacle where voters can drop off their vote-by-mail ballots in the same manner they would at a U.S. mailbox. Ballots will only be picked up by election officials from the Registrar of Voters.
Ballot drop boxes are one of many newer ways voters will be able to cast their ballots since the Orange County Registrar of Voters, the agency that oversees elections, has shifted to Vote Center elections.
Starting this year, LW voters will no longer report to clubhouse polling stations to cast ballots on Election Day. Instead, every one of the county’s roughly 1.6 million registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot.
Voters will be able to mail in their ballots (no postage necessary), drop them off at any Vote Center located within the County, or place them inside a secure ballot drop box. These options offer more flexibility, access and convenience when casting votes.
The GRF approved placement of the ballot drop box to enhance voting choices, since voting in clubhouses is no longer an option.
Representative from the Registar’s Office will pick up ballots as needed, sometimes daily as Election Day draws near. Ballots will be delivered directly to their facility, an expedited process that uses no outside entities that might delay or otherwise compromise receipt of ballots.
As an additional voting choice for those who prefer to vote in person, GRF will be hosting a one-day Voting Popup Center on Oct. 30 at the circle between Clubhouses 3 and 4. Ballots are scheduled to be mailed on Oct. 5. People can also vote in person at Orange County Fire Station No. 48 on Northgate Road, and there is another permanent ballot drop box located at Mary Wilson Library, 707 Electric Ave, Seal Beach. For additional information, contact the Recreation Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRF projects are underway around the community despite slowdowns attributed to the COVID-19 repercussions. This column will update residents on the progress of various construction projects. The information is provided by GRF Facilities Director Mark Weaver and Physical Property Manager David Rudge.
Progress on the pool project continues despite challenges posed by COVID-19 continue, which are hampering the coordination of plans from the architect and pool engineer.
Among the construction update highlights:
• The pool depth has been adjusted from five feet deep to four feet deep, an NCAA Rule 1 Short-Course Swimming race course standard, which reduces the volume of the pool by 16,832 gallons, water that will not that need to be heated, treated and circulated.
• The pool depth adjustment carries into the volleyball area that will be four feet at the west end to 3.5 feet at the east entry area.
• The architectural plans have been adjusted to open up the corner of the Pool Attendant space for a better view of the pool area.
• Door handing has been adjusted to open for easier access.
According to the pool engineer:
• The spa depth will change from three feet, six inches, to three feet, three inches, to reduce volume and the filtration system, saving space in the equipment room.
• The bleach and acid rooms will be moved to avoid conflict with the existing electrical panel.
The finished facility will include a five-lane pool, a 30-by-30-foot activity area with a volleyball net, a 9-by-25-foot spa, new locker rooms and a lounge area in a reconfigured space to maximize its potential.
The 2020 Trust Street Paving project will run through September. The schedule began Aug. 18. Grind and overlay projects on Oakmont Road will start after Labor Day; Northwood Road from Del Monte to St. Andrews is underway.
SBPD supports LW with enhanced traffic support and enforcement
by Victor Rocha
Security Services director
Last year, I was very encouraged about minimizing traffic violations inside the Leisure World community when the Seal Beach Police Department took over traffic enforcement.
However, over the last few months, the Security Department has received calls from residents stating that there continues to be vehicles and pedestrians that are committing traffic violations on a consistent basis.
Security reached out to the Seal Beach Police Department and asked for additional assistance to issue citations to drivers.
Seal Beach Police Department was very helpful, and there have been additional enforcement actions taken inside LWSB, such as citing stop sign violators at St. Andrews and Tam O’Shanter roads.
Even though we know the police citations will not lead to full compliance, we hope these additional actions will assist us in keeping the community safe.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact me at 431-6586, ext. 371.
Ask City Hall
During these challenging times, City of Seal Beach staff is hard at work ensuring the essential services of the community continue to fully operate. And the city is committed to keeping in touch with its residents, albeit virtually at this time, to answer questions. They can be related to COVID-19 or any thing else related to its services and resources.
The goal is to provide you a response within 72 hours or sooner depending on the volume of inquiries and/or other emerging issues that might require us to direct resources to maintain an essential service. Email AskCityHall@sealbeachca.gov to ask your question.
MISSION PARK/Veterans PLAZA
Both facilities are now open—with some restrictions—for reservations
Veterans Plaza and Mission park are now open for reservations.
While Veterans Plaza is booked through the Recreation Reservations office, Monday -Friday, Mission Park can be reserved seven days a week on the day prior to which Members would like to play.
Residents are asked to familiarize themselves with the rules approved by the GRF Board of Directors as follows.
Veterans Plaza-Phase One-Emergency Operational
Due to government restrictions and recommendations brought about by the pandemic, this policy is enacted to allow for reopening the Veterans Plaza under emergency operational procedures.
• The Recreation Department will make Veterans Plaza available for exercise and dance clubs, in good standing.
•All reservations must be made through the Recreation Department by email or telephone. Contact email@example.com for eligibility and availability.
• Reservations are limited to 90 minutes, no more than once a week, from 7a.m.-7 p.m.
• Reservations may be preempted by GRF for special events.
• In case of multiple similar clubs requesting a reservation, remaining time slots will be awarded by lottery.
• The Recreation Department determines by its discretion if a particular activity is appropriate for this venue.
• No unscheduled event will be allowed at any time. Participation is solely at participants own risk.
• Masks and six-foot distancing are required at all times. No physical contact between participants is allowed.
• Group sizes may be required to be reduced to meet social distancing guidelines. Only GRF members may participate; no guests are permitted.
• No sign in sheets are required, but GRF reserves the right to reinstitute them at any time.
• Staff may request to see participant’s GRF ID at any time.
• All classes are self-managed and equipment must be provide.
• No tables, chairs, or equipment are provided by GRF.
• Clubhouse 3 restrooms will be available through the lobby and no more than two people are permitted in either restroom at a time.
Mission Park, Phase One – Emergency Operational
The following procedure has been expanded pursuant to regulations recommended by the USA Pickleball Association and incorporates guidelines for at risk senior communities in particular.
• Play at the Multipurpose Court must be booked through the Recreation Department by email only. No unscheduled games will be allowed.
• Requests are accepted at https://www.lwsb.com/reserve/ Monday-Sunday before 4 p.m. for play the following day.
• Staff may request a player’s GRF ID at any time.
• Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. They are posted on the court and the website.
• Scheduling will be adjusted by management as needed to satisfy safety requirements and conform to Staff hours.
• GRF may close the facility completely without notice.
• No after-game congregation/socializing is permitted at Mission Park, the parking lot or the immediate surrounding area. After their matches, players must promptly leave the Mission Park/Clubhouse 2 area.
• To eliminate touch points, benches, score tenders and all tables and chairs will be removed.
• Face coverings must be worn in all areas until playing begins on the court. Face coverings also must be worn after play is completed.
• Social distancing as defined by the CDC (maintaining six feet of distance) must be observed at all times.
• Participants should wash their hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer) or use a hand sanitizer before and after each match.
• A disinfecting/sanitizing bucket will be on site, between the Bocce and Multipurpose courts for players to use to clean balls and paddles.
• The Clubhouse 2 restrooms will be made available; however, no more than two players per restroom will be permitted at a time.
• Pickleball games (or other Multipurpose Court games) are limited to one hour of play.
• Playing doubles, which could lead to incidental contact and unwanted proximity, is prohibited.
• Players must provide their own paddles, balls and gloves.
• Players must wear gloves when handling the ball and not touch other players’ equipment.
• Should a ball identified with another player wind up on your side of the court, do not touch the ball with your hands. Use your paddle or feet to advance the ball to the other side of the court.
Mission Park, Phase Two – Emergency Operational Procedures
1. BOCCE BALL
• Bocce Ball must be reserved through the Recreation Department. Requests are accepted at https://www.lwsb.com/reserve/ daily before 4:00 PM for play the following day.
• The reservation schedule will be provided to the Clubhouse Two custodian. Players must check in with Staff to verify their reservation.
• Staff may request GRF ID at any time.
• Hours of play will be between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM daily. Hours may be changed at the discretion of GRF.
• No unscheduled games will be allowed.
• Only 2 players per one-hour session.
• No spectators are permitted.
• Bocce Ball players must provide gloves and they must always be worn when handling the balls.
• Face coverings must be worn in all areas. Social distancing, as defined by the CDC of maintaining 6 feet of distance, must be observed at all times.
• A sanitizing bucket will be provided between Bocce and Pickleball courts for cleaning equipment.
• Players should wash their hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds or longer) or use a hand sanitizer before and after play.
• In order to eliminate touch points, benches, score tenders, and all tables and chairs will be removed.
• No gathering will be permitted before or after games.
• The Clubhouse Two restrooms will be made available. No more than two players will be permitted at any time.
2. DR. ANBERRY BASKETBALL HOOP
• The Clubhouse custodian will provide a basketball for play.
• Only one player at a time.
• Face coverings must be worn in all areas at all times.
• Use of the hoop will be on a first come, first served
• Play will be restricted to one hour unless no one is waiting.
• No loitering is permitted.
• Hours of play will be between 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM daily.
3. GENERAL OUTDOOR USE/BBQ AREA
This area will remain closed until further notice. All furniture and equipment have been removed to discourage loitering.
Perspectives, page 4
Two new flags—the Merchant Marine and Space Force flags—were recently added to the Veterans Memorial between clubhouses 3 and 4. The Merchant Marine is displayed below the Navy flag, and Space Force is beneath the Air Force flags. The Space Force is the nation’s newest military branch, which was unveiled May 15 during a ceremony in the Oval Office where the flag was unfurled and designated as the official banner of the Space Force.
Death Takes a Holiday—Living well through suffering
by Jim Greer
Recently, a neighbor and friend passed from this side of the veil to the other.
Pat Pawlak lived a life of passion for her religion and compassion for her neighbors. She had been beating cancer for decades, and through her repeated healing, gave the glory to God. Unfortunately, with this last onset, she lost the recurring battle and was taken home to be with God.
In the 1998 film, “Meet Joe Black,” Death—portrayed in the person of Brad Pitt—takes the body of a young man and appears to William Parrish (played by Anthony Hopkins) and reveals his intention to experience life for himself before taking Bill.
For centuries, the dark specter has remained emotionally unattached to the beings he escorts, and during his brief holiday begins his journey to discover the full range of emotions associated with earth life.
Concealing his identity, he assumes the name of Joe Black.
Observing Bill’s full and rewarding professional and family life, Joe comes to appreciate the meaning of a life well-lived.
He also realizes the loneliness of his own life and profession as The Grim Reaper.
While visiting a hospital, Joe is recognized by a terminally ill Jamaican woman who fears Death has come to take her to “that next place.”
The two converse in Jamaican Patois, “You’re not in the right place, mister. Me neither,” the woman says.
Knowing only he can end her suffering, she pleads, “Take me, and you come with me now.”
Not wanting yet to leave the life he has discovered, Joe replies, “But I not lonely here.”
Realizing he is new to human life, she answers, “Like you come to the island, and had a holiday. Sun didn’t burn you red red, just brown. You sleep, and no mosquito eat you. But the truth is, it bound to happen if you stay long enough. So take that nice picture you got in your head home with you, but don’t be fooled. We lonely here, mostly too. If we lucky, maybe we got some nice pictures to take with us.”
Acutely aware of her continuing suffering, Joe asks, “you got enough nice pictures?”
To which she nods, yes. With his newly acquired compassion, Joe releases her from her suffering, and she passes to “that next place.”
Pat Pawlak left this earthly struggle with her life’s pictures in her heart. The same pictures she had displayed daily to friends and strangers. She lived as she did because she believed as Voltaire, that “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”
Her gift to herself was living well through her suffering with kindness, positivity, testimony, and gratitude. Despite her hardship, she displayed in her face those pictures as evidence of her victories over cancer. And, when Death finally came to claim her, she greeted him as a friend. Someone she knew could relieve her suffering and escort her joyfully to that next place.
Scam Alert OC Sheriffs warn about phishing scam
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is warning the community about a phishing scam in which cybercriminals send a text message with a malicious link to an intended victim’s phone to try and obtain personal data.
The text message may contain language that makes the targeted victim believe they have a package pending or waiting for them in an attempt to get them to click on the link and share personal information.
These cybercriminals “can steal your identity, empty your bank account, or install malware in your phone,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a Facebook post.
Don’t click the link and don’t provide personal information that could identify you.
Avoiding Scams—Tips from the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging
• Con artists force you to make decisions fast and may threatenyou.
• Con artists disguise their real numbers, using fake caller IDs.
• Con artists sometimes pretend to be the government (e.g.IRS).
•Con artists try to get ou to provide them personal information, such as your Social Security number or account numbers.
•Before giving out your credit card number or money, ask a friend or family member about it.
• Beware of offers of free travel.
If you receive a suspicious call, hang up and call the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Fraud Hotline at 1-855-303-9470.
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Government, page 5
GRF Committee Meetings
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule (meetings are dependent on orders related to COVID-19; check schedules for latest information). Public health and safety measures will be in place to protect membership and staff with limited in-person seating at Clubhouse 4. Physical distancing and wearing a face mask will be required:
Thurs., Sept. 10 Communications/IT Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11 GRF Executive Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 14 Mutual Administration Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 15 Website Ad Hoc Committee
virtual 1 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 21 Finance Committee
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Thurs., Sept. 24 Architectural/Design Review Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 29 GRF Board Meeting
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Schedule of Mutual Meetings
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change).
Thurs., Sept. 10 Mutual 12
virtual 9 a.m.
Fri., Sept. 11 Mutual 3
virtual 9 a.m.
Mon., Sept. 14 Mutual 9
virtual 9 a.m.
Tues., Sept. 15 Mutual 14
virtual 1 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 16 Mutual 5
virtual 9 a.m.
Wed., Sept. 16 Mutual 7
virtual 1 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 17 Mutual 2
virtual 9 a.m.
Thurs., Sept. 17 Mutual 11
virtual 1:30 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 21 Mutual 15
virtual 1 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 23 Mutual 10
virtual 9 a.m.
Thurs., Sept. 24 Mutual 1
virtual 9 a.m.
Fri., Sept. 25 Mutual 6
virtual 9:30 a.m.
Mon., Sept. 28 Mutual 8
virtual 9:30 p.m.
THE PRESIDENTS’ COUNCIL
September 3, 2020
Zoom Video – Telephone Conference
The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Seal Beach Leisure World was convened at 9 a.m., by President Jackie Dunagan, on Thursday, Sept. 3, in a video-telephone conference.
The following is a recap the meeting:
The regular monthly Council meeting minutes of Aug. 6, 2020 were approved by general consent of the Council, stand as read.
Mark Weaver, Physical Properties Facilities Director, provided an update on the failure of the sewage manhole in Mutual 9.
Jodi Hopkins, Mutual Administration Director, presented the Mutual Administration statistics for August 2020.
Ms. Hopkins gave clarification as to what a Portfolio Specialist is and the overall functions. Under the direction of the Mutual Administration Director, manage the workflow of the department, maintains department timeline: also performs secretarial function to support the sixteen Mutual Boards of Directors, the Mutual Administration Committee, and Mutual Administration Director and assists in the oversight of work department staff. Track and report on key action items and deliverable.
Ms. Hopkins mentioned Anna and Ripa will be sending out an email to each President letting them know who their Portfolio Specialist is, their Recording Secretary and who their contact person in the Stock Transfer Office and including the Office Secretary and the Building Inspector.
Ms. Hopkins mentioned after the set Agenda Preparation time with the Recording Secretary that you allow extra time to meet with your Portfolio Specialist to go over any matters that need to go to Executive Session.
Ms. Hopkins mentioned Stock Transfer Financials will be done by Anna. Ripa will be training as well on Financials, but for now Anna is lead on Financial and Kristal is lead on all Trusts Reviews
Ms. Hopkins mentioned the elections trophy will be given at the next Presidents’ Council meeting.
Randy Ankeny, GRF Executive Director, will follow-up with the GRF attorney to redact the “bulk rate contract” and get with the GRF board with revision and then to the Presidents’ Council within a week. Mr. Ankeny also gave an update on the pool, gym, and staffing.
President Dunagan appointed the following to the Nominating Committee for the 2020-2021 election of officer per Policy 7811 Presidents’ Council Bylaws, Linda DeRungs, Mutual Five, Richard Carson Mutual, Twelve and Cathy Gassman, Mutual Seventeen.
Next Council meeting: Thursday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m., via Zoom
LW Live Sign-Ups
Sign up now for the GRF’s one-way, real time community notification system. LW Live is designed to keep people informed during emergencies and get the word out about on-site restaurant services, and other useful information. Don’t be left in the dark; visit the LW website at lwsb.com and click the LW Live icon to register
Street Sweeping Reminder
GRF Trust streets are swept on the fourth Thursday of the month. Parked vehicles must be removed from trust streets before midnight the night before. Contact Mutual directors to find out when your mutual carports are scheduled for sweeping
Religion, pages 6-7, 15
By Lisa Rotchford
Redeemer’s “Pick up Your Spirits, with Prayer and Communion” continues every Sunday in September in the front and northeast side of the church (13564 Saint Andrew’s Drive) from 9:30–11 a.m. The musicians will play the organ with the church windows open so everyone outside the sanctuary can hear some favorite hymns. Check the outside message board for updated details.
Also, September is our annual outreach effort called “God’s Work, Our Hands.” If you have non-perishable food items on your shelf that you would like to share with a hungry neighbor in need, we are collecting food for the neediest in Orange County. The barrels out front of the church on Sunday mornings will collect your food (or cash) donations, and will immediately be taken to Lutheran Social Services’ shelves that feed the increasing number of hungry people as this pandemic continues. If you have a pastoral care or questions, call the church at (562) 598-8697.
On the eve of Sept. 11, let us remember that through terrorist attacks, wars and now pandemics, we are never alone and we call upon God for those that seek peace, healing and comfort.
“Loving God of Peace: On this anniversary of unbelievable sorrow, comfort those who mourn, and guide our hearts toward healing and hope. Remind us of the love of Christ, love which leapt over cultural and ethnic boundaries to feed the hungry, seek the lost and care for the least. Make your children one human family, bound together in the work of justice and peacemaking. Make us one with the light that shines in the darkness and illumines a path toward understanding and reconciliation. Let love be our genuine call. Amen” (by Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis, 9/11 Remembrance, NYC).
First Christian Church
By Bruce Humes
“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ”(1 Peter 1:13).
The apostle Peter is writing to those early church Christians of the dispersion. In verse 1 he calls them the pilgrims of the dispersion, meaning sojourner. They were temporary residents in a foreign country, forced out of their homeland because of the persecution they were experiencing for their faith in Jesus Christ. We see this in verse 6 where it says, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, grieved by various trials.”
We must look back to verses 3-5 to understand the “In this we greatly rejoice” part, which refers to the living hope that we have in Christ Jesus. God the Father, in a show of overwhelming mercy and love, sent his son to suffer death on the cross. But on the third day, God raised him from the dead.
In 1 John 4:10, the apostle John writes, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins.” The word “propitiation” means atonement, or paying the price, redeeming us from the curse of sin, and justified us by the act of raising him from the dead. This verified that Jesus is the “Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29b) Through his resurrection from the dead, we gain an inheritance that is incorruptible, undefiled, won’t fade away and reserved for us in heaven. Peter goes on to tell us that by the power of God we are kept, meaning watched over, or guarded, which is something to greatly rejoice about.
When Peter writes, “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind,” in verse 13 he is referring to when people in ancient times wanted to move quickly and without restraint they would gather up their robes to run. Peter uses it metaphorically for our thoughts. Our minds should be composed, strong, void of panic and not easily rattled or distracted from the various trials and persecution that will last only for a short while.
Next, Peter urges them to focus their heart and minds on Christ, resting their hope fully upon the grace, the unmerited favor of God that is to be brought at the revelation of Jesus Christ. This speaks of nothing less than Christ’s second advent, his second coming to earth to glorify his church, bring judgement on the unsaved, and then reign for 1,000 years on earth into eternity. Paul into eternity. Paul in his letter to Titus put it like this in 2:11-14, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for himself his own special people, zealous for good works.”
Jesus himself spoke of his second coming the glorious appearing in Matthew 24:42-44, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
We may not know the hour, but we do know he is coming. We need to be ready and waiting. Maranatha! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
If you want to speak to someone at the church or if you have a need, call the First Christian Church office at (562) 431-8810.
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe The 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sunday, Sept. 13.
The First Reading is Sirach 27:30-28:7 and the Second Reading is Romans 14:7-9. The Gospel reading will be from Matthew 18:21-35.
The Alleluia is “I give you a new commandment, says the Lord: love one another as I have loved you.”
The parish bulletin can be sent to your email inbox. If you would like to receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, you can sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe.
Saturday (Virgil Mass)is at 5 p.m. in the back of the church and Sunday Mass will be at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. in the front of the church. There will be no noon Mass. Daily masses are at 8 a.m. in front of the church.
Those who attend must a wear a mask or face shield and remain socially distanced. Holy Family asks attendees to bring their own seat if possible.
Faith Christian Assembly
Faith Christian Assembly is excited to announce that its Grief Share will begin meeting again on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m.
Grief-Share is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences and is designed to help you go from sadness to finding your joy. Rupert and Addie Penner host this ministry in FCA’s garden room on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. Anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, or those who want to support someone who is going through the grieving process can attend the group. Rupert and Addie Penner have both been through the loss of a spouse and are eager to help anyone who has suffered a loss.
Out of an abundance of caution, all who attend services or events at Faith Christian Assembly will have their temperature taken at the door and must wear a mask before, during and after service while sitting socially distant from others. Faith Christian Assembly asks that you stay home if you are feeling ill.
Due to COVID-19, Faith Christian Assembly is not currently having all of its regular ministries at this time, but will resume as soon as possible. Grief Share begins Sept.18 every Friday at 2 p.m.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net.
Rabbi Eric Dangott will stream Friday night services at 6:30 on Sept. 11 on The Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Facebook page. To join, select the “Rooms” tab, then click on “Jewish Activities” and “Join to Restart.” On Sept 12, Selichot services will take place at 7 p.m. with Cantor Marla Barugel. Call Ruth Herman at 430-3107 for a tallit or Carol Levine at 505-3622 for a prayer book.
On Sunday Sept. 13, Congregation Sholom will host Bingo at 4 p.m. on Zoom.
Anyone who wants to participate in the games, book club or live stream services in a room on the Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Group Facebook page can call Susan Michlin at (805) 501-5268 to be added to the rooms.
Electric Shabbat Candles are available for $8. This will help you to light a candle on Friday night and keep them burning until after Havdalah on Saturday night without a risk of fire. Contact Carol Levine if you want a set. They have graciously been obtained for us in Leisure World by Rachel Berkowitz of Chabad.
Below is the schedule for the upcoming High Holidays season:
Friday, Sept. 18: Erev Rosh Hashanah, Cantor Marla Barugel and Rabbi Karen Isenberg at 7 p.m.
Saturday,Sept. 19: Rosh Hashanah (day 1), Cantor Marla Barugel and Rabbi Karen Isenberg at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 20: Rosh Hashanah (day 2), Cantor Marla Barugel and Rabbi Karen Isenberg at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 25: Karen Isenberg Shabbos Shuvah at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26: Karen Isenberg Shabbos Shuvah at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 27: Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre) Cantor Marla Barugel and Rabbi Karen Isenberg at 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 28 : Yom Kippur(Yizkor) Cantor Marla Barugel and Rabbi Karen Isenberg at 9:30 a.m.
All High Holiday services will be on Zoom hosted by Jeff Sacks. Contact him for an invitation. Zoom can be accessed by telephone (cellular or landline) if you don’t have a computer.
Anyone who wants to be a member to participate in the live stream services on the Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Group Facebook page can call Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040.
Beit HaLev is now conducting services on Zoom. Anyone interested in joining the Beit HaLev Zoom community for services and Hebrew lessons, contact the rabbi at (562) 715-0888 for access and instructions on how to use Zoom.
Beit HaLev is continuing to livestream on Facebook and YouTube as well. To attend, go to Rabbi Galit Shirah’s website at galityomtov.com, Facebook.com/galityomtov or YouTube.com (Shabbat Shalom LIVE! channel). Evening services begin at 6 and morning services begin at 10:30.
The Days of Awe begin next week but the special prayer service that precedes Rosh Hashanah is this Saturday — S’lichot (prayers of supplication). Beit HaLev’s schedule for livestream services for S’lichot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is:
S’lichot: Saturday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m.
Erev Rosh Hashanah 1: Friday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah 1: Saturday, Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m.
Erev Rosh Hashanah 2: Saturday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.
Rosh Hashanah 2: Sunday, Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m.
Kol Nidrei: Sunday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
Yom Kippur: Monday, Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.
Yizkor: Monday, Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m.
Ne’ilah: Monday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m.
This Shabbat Beit Halev will read from Deuteronomy 29:9-30:14, “N’tzavim-Vayelech.” Every Israelite, every man, woman, child, elder, water carrier, wood-chopper, participates in a covenant ceremony, committing themselves to God’s commandments. Every future generation, including converts, were considered present at the Revelation at Mt. Sinai.
Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts a weekday Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the online synagogue. Sim Shalom presents livestream services Monday-Thursday, with a different rabbi each day. To say Kaddish, pray for healing and hear a spiritual message, go to SimShalom.com.
By Johan Dodge
This Sunday I will be speaking on strength as Paul understands and teaches it to the Christians in Rome during his lifetime. True Christian strength isn’t impossible for us to obtain, but it does often require that we make changes in how we conduct ourselves.
This is a time of tremendous change for so many of us and our first inclination is to hold fast to what we know, what is comfortable and familiar — that is my preference as well. What if, instead of giving into our selfish desires, we were to do as Peter did and “get out of the boat?” What if we were to begin to embrace strength as Jesus lived and Paul taught? How might we end the divisive culture that we find ourselves in? To hear this teaching as well as some worship music, I invite you to tune into worship Sunday morning at 9:50
on Facebook live, @communitychurchleisureworld. If you want to join the virtual fellowship you will need to call the church office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a computer or Facebook, you can still call in to the phone system at (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening.
Community Church is offering Communion outside on the first Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. in front of the church. The elements are pre-sealed for safety and the liturgy is part of the morning worship on Facebook. If you plan to come and receive Communion, please mask and maintain distancing. The Communion table is an open table and all who wish to receive Communion may come and participate. You do not need to be a member of the church — all are welcome here.
Assembly of God
By Norma Ballinger
The Psalms are poems or songs of praise, worship, thankfulness and repentance, and each of them is complete by itself. They also show a variety of feelings, emotions, attitudes and interests. Looking at Psalms 111, 112, 113, I find that each one has a unique theme:
Psalm 111 teaches we can be aware of God for who he really is (being in awe of him). We should encourage each other not to let the majesty of his works and power lose their freshness. We are called to delight in his works. Verse 3 states that God is full of splendor; gracious and merciful; that he remembers his covenants and that he is just, faithful and trustworthy. As we take time to study his word, our faithfulness increases. .
Psalm 112 is two-fold: verses 1-4 states the blessings of the righteous, God’s promises. The remaining verses tell of our responsibilities to be righteous. We enjoy the blessings but are we willing to be obedient and steadfast, trusting always in the Lord? We receive the blessing when we trust and obey.
God’s power is evident in Psalm 113; “praise the Lord” is repeated throughout. The world is not perfect but instead of focusing on what is wrong, look beyond the problems and observe what God is doing. Be reminded that we live to serve him.
Three words to remember about God: provisions, promises and power.
Pastor Sam Pawlak will again be on Facebook this coming Sunday at 10 a.m. with words of encouragement. Your continued prayers for him and his family are appreciated.
By Lisa Rotchford
The heat of the summer bears down in earnest on Southern California every September and we all seek shelter and refreshment. This year we have the extra task of staying cool while sheltering from a viral pandemic. We join with our biblical ancestors who faced many challenges of their own, when they too faced the desert heat and challenges of many kinds.
King David writes in Psalm 63:1-7 that we can seek the peace, comfort and refreshment in knowing God is with us through it all. This psalm is often titled the Prayer of David in the wilderness of Judah. The uncertainty of the pandemic often can make us feel like we are a bit lost in the wilderness.
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
Remembering David’s prayer-filled psalm reminds us through the centuries that from the very depth of our being — our soul — we are to seek God’s presence and we will know God’s providence, protection and peace. Keep the faith, seek with hope and your spirit in the Lord, and you will find joy-filled refreshment in this summer’s heat.
By Rolland Coburn
We Christians sing, “Open my eyes that I may see.” Perhaps you as a Christian have noticed how the Bible’s promises mean a lot to you, but not to someone who is not a Christian. This difference is because God gives the Holy Spirit’s illumination only to believers, making what the Bible says plain and meaningful to you.
Here is what God has done for us: “It was not the spirit of the world that we received, but the Spirit from God, that we might understand the things God has freely given to us. And we speak about these things in words not taught by human wisdom, but by the Spirit, explaining spiritual truths to those who are spiritual,” (1 Corinthians 2:12-13).
Paul prayed for believers’ lives to be lit up by God’s truth. “May the eyes of your heart be enlightened to know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe,” (Ephesians 1:18).
John spoke of the Holy Spirit’s enabling us to tell the truth from error. “You have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it,” (1 John 2:20-21).
Christ’s two followers travelling to Emmaus experienced this joy. They said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).
Lydia in Philippi knew this blessing. The Lord opened her heart to receive the things spoken by Paul, Acts 16:14. Faith makes it possible for us to understand, Hebrews 11:3.
Marvelously God has given us his holy word and provided the Holy Spirit so that by faith we treasure his words. O Lord, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law,” (Psalm 119:18).
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
By Jim Greer
The inspiration behind the ‘Come Follow Me’ curriculum is that it is a universal, scriptural study guide that familiarizes everyone with the savior and his teachings. September’s study includes the book of Third Nephi containing the record of Christ’s visit to the Americas following his resurrection. This portion of the Book of Mormon is perhaps the most inspiring section for church members and investigators alike.
Christ’s visit to the Americas affirms God’s commitment to bless all of his children worldwide. Those believers who had observed the Law of Moses were looking forward to the time when the savior would come and fulfill it. Indeed, Christ stated, “for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled” (3 Nephi 9: 17).
That fulfillment of the law included the invitation to “come unto Christ,” which we do as we strive to live his gospel. There are simple ways we can come unto him, as explained by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the April 2006 General Conference.
“The scriptures give scores of examples and avenues. The easiest and the earliest comes simply with the desire of our heart, the most basic form of faith that we know.” As Alma explained, “If ye can no more than desire to believe,” and employ “a particle of faith,” and give a “small place” for the promises of God, that is the perfect place to start. (see Alma 32:27). Elder Holland continued, “that simple step, when focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, has ever been and always will be the first principle of his eternal gospel, the first step out of despair.”
Elder Holland further explains that a second step is to change or eliminate any aspect of our lives that would keep our faith from growing. In other words, repent and replace ungodly thoughts and actions with those that will nourish that simple particle of faith. In short, he suggests that “anything we can change, we should change, and we must forgive the rest.”
Each of us promised at the time of our baptism to take upon ourselves the name of Christ and always remember him. His name is bestowed by covenant in the saving ordinances of baptism and temple covenants. Those covenants we can regularly renew every time we partake of the sacrament.
We should always do as the prophet Nephi implored, “do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost” (2 Nephi 31:13, 17).
And so, we come unto Christ when we follow these essential teachings. Just as the Lord revealed in Philippians 4, “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
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Balance & Stability Class
A Landmark Balance & Stability class is offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Zoom.
Instructor Adrianne Rosenfeld teaches the free 40-minute class that focuses on balance, shifting weight and cognizant activities.
The class broadcast from around 4:20-4:40 p.m. every day on the Spectrum Cable Channel 1390, right after the Queen Kong interview and is available on youtube.com.
Rosenfeld is certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability.
She also has certification from the Fitness Aging Institute and a ACE Group exercise certificate.
To join email her at email@example.com and she will send you the link to join to group.
Or people can join the Zoom meeting by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the Meeting ID is 849 8252 2530.
Grab n Go Meals
Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot
• Thursday: Domino’s Pizza – Call ahead for special orders; wings and salads offered; 3-7 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 493-2212; Mandi’s Candies Ice Cream Truck, 4-7 p.m.
• Friday: Katella Deli; extensive menu—deli favorites from appetizers, salads, hot entrees, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Call ahead at (562) 594-8611 or order online www.katellabakery.com, specials of the day available onsite, cash/cards.
• Saturday: THIS WEEK ONLY, Berg Catering. Freshly prepared meals with a healthy gourmet touch. Preorder: (562) 663-2038 or online at www.bergcatering.com (LW Menu), 3:30-5:30 p.m. or buy onsite—PayPal, checks, cash, and cards.
•Sunday: THIS WEEK ONLY, Viking Dog Truck – Gourmet hot dogs, brats and loaded tots—preorders accepted at https://squareup.com/store/thevikingtruck.
• Monday: Kabobaholic Food Truck – Chicken or meat kabobs, Gyros, Falafel, loaded fries, 4-6 p.m., www.kabobaholicft.com or text (949) 400-4696 for preorders or buy onsite. Mention LWSB, cash/cards.
• Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m., cash/cards, no pre-orders.
• Wednesday: Gourmet Renee—American cuisine, homemade soups and desserts, 4-6 p.m., pre-order by calling (323) 833-1213; cash/cards.
All Grab ‘n’ Go events will take place, rain or shine. If it rains or is too hot, people line up inside Clubhouse 6. People should keep a six-foot distance and masks are required. For information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
On-call bus service available from 4:30 p.m. when regular service ends. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379. For more information or to make a suggestion, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Sign up for LW Live at https://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/. Vendors are subject to change.
Bernie Goosens (l), along with several LW neighbors, jumped in and started dancing when Hui O Hula musicians played “Elvira,” a popular song with fun and simple choreography. The LW hula group would like to thank Mutual 15 for the invitation to sing, hula and line dance. Anyone or LW Mutual is welcome to call event coordinator Kaye Huff at 431-2242 or email Jojo@huiohula.com to book a free evening show. It does not have to be a special occasion as long as it is outdoors with ample room to social distance; masks are also required.
Men’s Golf League Scores
MEN’S MONDAY GOLF LEAGUE RESULTS
The Men’s Monday Golf League played on Aug. 24 at Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana.
Seven men challenged the par 70, 5800-yard 18-hole course.
Located in central Santa Ana this course has no water hazards but does have long par 3’s and 5’s and so it challenges all.
A cool and humid start to the morning became a steamy, scorcher of a day. Although the greens were in good shape, many of the golfers were disappointed in the condition of the fairways and tees. This may have contributed to the fact that there was only one birdie and just a few rounds under par.
Masks are required at the Pro Shop, plus while waiting to tee off. The snack bar was closed. No masks are required on the putting greens or driving range nor on the course itself. The golfers are all respectful of each other’s personal space and social distancing is observed.
Golf carts are single person only unless you are from the same household.
All scores are net (actual score minus handicap)
A Flight handicaps range from 0-20; B flight, higher than 20.
A Flight Winners
First Place: Dave LaCascia, 2 under 68 plus fewest putts; second: Sam Choi plus the lone birdie and closest to the pin on the 140-yard par 3 twelfth hole; third: Bill McKusky.
B Flight Winners
First Place: Bob Munn with a nice 6 under 64; second: John Meyer, par 70; third: Tom Ross; fourth: Boll Zurn. Bob, John, and Tom tied for fewest putts,
MEN’S FRIDAY GOLF LEAGUE RESULTS
The Men’s Friday Golf played at Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach on Aug. 28. Five men contested the scenic par 70, 5800-yard course.
The weather was initially cool but sunny. Once the sun came out it became a lovely day to play golf. The course has several water hazards and tree lined fairways. Several of the scores were quite low due to the grounds being in particularly good condition with accessible greens.
Masks are required at the Pro and Coffee Shop, plus while waiting to tee off. No masks are required on the putting greens or driving range nor on the course itself. The golfers are all respectful of each other’s personal space and social distancing is observed. There are no shoe or golf ball cleaners and the flags cannot be moved. Golf carts are single person only unless you are from the same household.
All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).
First Place: Bob Munn, 5 under 70; second: John Meyer, 2 under 68; third: Sam Choi, 1 over 71 plus fewest putts and a birdie; fourth: John Peterson; fifth: Gene Vesely plus closest to the pin on the treacherous, over a gully, 150-yard par 3 fifteenth hole.
Friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join.
Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., except holidays.
The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview in Santa Ana and Willowick in Garden Grove.
LW Men’s Club membership is not required. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight; two prizes for closest to the pin on par threes; and a prize for the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-One, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact, Bill McKusky, (562) 430-8618, or Dave LaCascia, (801) 674-5975.
The Men’s Monday/Friday League is looking for golfers (men and women) to join the league. Handicaps can be determined using the local course handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer and more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact Dave for more information.
LW Weekly Contacts
The Leisure World Weekly office is closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Staff is working on-site and remotely to produce the LW Weekly. Editors can be reached by phone and email. See page 4 of any edition for editors’ addresses or send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. People may drop hard copy into the letter slot at the front of the News Building. The deadline is Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition. For more information, call (562) 472-1277.
All classified and display advertising will be accepted by telephone at (562) 430-0534. The Weekly can accept credit or debit payments over the phone or people can put checks through the mail slot in the door of the News Office near the Amphitheater.
Miryam Fernandez’s technology classes usually taught on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. have moved to 2 p.m. The next class will be Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m., iPhone Accessibilities
For an invitation, email Miryam at email@example.com.
If you need help setting up your Zoom microphone and/or video or have other connectivity issues, call Bonnie Cooper at (562) 822-6358 before class begins.
Global Market Kitchen Delivers
Free Delivery of Groceries and Meal Kits
Global Market Kitchen now delivers groceries and prepared meals on Wednesdays at Clubhouse 4 between 2-4 p.m. Order by phone at (562) 661-9776 or online at https://globalmarketkitchen.com. The customer service email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Bob Cohen in a one-hour Zoom class on a technology topic every Friday at 10 a.m.
• Friday, Sept. 11—What are Keywords on Google?
•Friday, Sept. 18—Web Browser Basics, Safari, Chrome and Microsoft Edge
• Friday, Sept. 25—How To Organize Photos in the iPhone Photos App
Registration information is sent out every Wednesday morning for the following Friday Tech Talk by Bob Cohen. To be added to his email list contact email@example.com.
The Leisure World Sewing Brigade is ramping up to make more free cloth masks, which continue to be an important component in the fight against COVID-19. The brigade has an ample supply of elastic and a limited amount of recently donated fabric, and needs funding to continue its effort. If you are interested in helping by sewing, cutting fabric or elastic, being a runner or making a donation, call Yevette Louie at (562) 841-2166 email Dean Jacobus at Dean.Jacobus@gmail.com.
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A love of nature has followed Alba throughout her life
By Alba Powell
I was born in Guatemala, Central America. My name is Alba, meaning dawn, and Letecia, meaning happiness. My father’s last names were Rios, meaning rivers, and Monte Rosa, meaning rose hill. My mother’s names are Rosa, or rose, Espina (thorn) and Palma, “palm.” As you can see, I’m a “botanical baby.”
I love flowers, plants, trees, rivers and the first light of day. I enjoy visiting gardens, painting flowers and have a curiosity about the relationship of plants with human physical and mental health.
Jeff Powell, my husband, is a Presbyterian minister. We were blessed to have served international, English-speaking, Christian congregations in Tokyo, London and Buenos Aires.
After retirement, we served as interim pastor and spouse of congregations in Paris, Zurich and Bonn.
After our short-term, international sojourn, we decided to return to Leisure World. I wanted to settle down and enjoy art, paint and make jewelry. Soon after we returned to Leisure World, I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, a serious auto-immune disease that requires me to have supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day.
When we moved to Mutual 11, I designed a 14 foot patio and a 60-foot flower bed outside our corner apartment. Gardening is very relaxing for me. I love being outdoors under blue skies and taking care of a variety of flowers, succulents and other plants. We live on a beautiful green belt with six large trees.
With my compromised medical condition in the COVID-19 pandemic, I sequester at home. To keep myself busy, I read, paint, watch virtual worship services and studies from abroad as well as our local congregation, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. My husband and I also enjoy getting exercise by walking around the community while wearing masks, keeping physically distant from others and wheeling my small, portable, oxygen concentrator.
I am a Christian who has a strong faith and experience of God’s love and support. My husband Jeff, our Leisure World community and church members have been a great help and blessing during this time. My garden gives me a lot of pleasure and fun during the day as well.
Despite the challenges we all face, life can be wonderful, and we should count our blessings and every day is a gift from God.
Seena Friedland celebrates 98 years
Seena Friedland of Mutual 4 turned “98 years young” on Aug. 25. She is still mentally strong and lives independently. “Aunt Seena,” to the family, has lived in Leisure World for 18 years. Nine of her family members are currently living in Leisure World. She celebrated with cake with members of her family.
Low Cost Vet Clinic is on Sept. 17
LW Community Church is hosting another low cost vet clinic on Sept. 17 from 9–11 a.m. at Community Church, 14000 Church Place. The low cost clinic wants to ensure the health and safety of all Leisure World residents’ cats and dogs. People must wear masks and stay six feet apart. Contact Elaine Miller for more information at (925) 997-3412.
The Sunshine Club will have Patrick Gallegos and Iris Lee from the City of Seal Beach as the main speakers for its Zoom meeting on Friday, Aug. 11 starting at 10 a.m.
Gallegos will talk about SeniorCityzen, COVID-19 and general updates about the City of Seal Beach. Lee will provide information about the Senior Mobility Program. Both Gallegos and Lee will each speak for around 20 minutes, leaving time for a question and answers period.
Gallegos is currently the assistant city manager and has been working for the City of Seal Beach since 2012. He oversees a variety of divisions including human resources and information technology. He also acts as the Seal Beach’s public information officer, risk manager as well as the city’s labor negotiator.
Gallegos previously held positions with the cities of Anaheim and Diamond Bar. In Anaheim, he was selected as a graduate fellow in Anaheim’s Public Utility Department and shortly thereafter was selected for Anaheim’s highly competitive management fellow program, which required fellows to oversee significant projects in the city manager’s office, human resources, finance, and community development departments.
While in the City of Diamond Bar, Gallegos was the senior management analyst and worked in the city manager’s office and public works department. His duties included managing the environmental services division, waste hauler franchise and the city’s transportation program.
In addition to his work as a public servant, Mr. Gallegos worked in the private sector for Nike and ASICS and was also a labor organizer in the five boroughs of New York City for the AFL-CIO that included a memorable campaign organizing workers in the World Trade Center in 2001.
Iris Lee currently leads the Seal Beach Public Works Engineering Division. In her role as the deputy public works director/city engineer, Lee and her team are responsible for the city’s capital improvement program, development services, interagency coordination, in addition to the Senior Transportation Program.
Prior to Seal Beach, Lee worked for other local agencies in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Buena Park, where the planning, design and construction of her projects were nationally recognized by professional organizations.
A California-registered professional engineer and traffic engineer, Lee earned her degree from University of California, Irvine.
To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88355201570. The Meeting ID is 883 5520 1570.
Those who would like to get the Zoom link by email can text their email address to (562) 301-5339.
The Sunshine Club is designed to help all people get along in the community and get the best out of living in Leisure World by learning how to use available information.
The Sunshine Club often has LW leaders come to meetings to introduce their organizations to the group. It also invites a wide variety of specialists from outside to share their experiences and ideas with club members. The club always welcomes new people.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
By Brian Harmon
The Republican Club will be raffling off a glass framed, collectible photo of a western style jail house in Bodie State Park in Bridgeport, California, a gold mining town founded in 1876. The picture is valued at approximately $350.
The donor of the photo, Jim M. Yoshioka, said, “The photo represents ‘law and order,’ one of the themes of the 2020 Republican Party.”
Raffle tickets will be available for $3 at the Republican Club booth in the parking lot by Clubhouse 6, where the food trucks are located later in the day. There is no limit to the number of tickets a person can buy.
The booth is open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. until the November election. You may also call David Harlow, president of the GOP club at (562) 335-0779 to get the address to mail the money for the raffle, or for any other questions.
The raffle will be held on Monday, Nov. 2, at approximately 2 p.m. at the Republican booth outside Clubhouse 6. You do not have to be present at the drawing, since the winner will be contacted. Prizes will also be given to the second and third place winners.
Altogether this year the Republican club has registered 155 voters at the booth. Club President David Harlow said, “We hope to reach 200 by Election Day.”
A few free items have been added to the list of merchandise available at the GOP Club booth. Shoppers can now pick up Michelle Steel for Congress signs that say “Create Jobs” on one side and “Lower Taxes” on the other, as well as Michelle Steel campaign door hangers and flyers. Thomas Moore for City Council signs are now available in the 5 1/2” x 17” size as well as 2’ x 3’. Moore’s district includes most of LW east of St. Andrews Drive.
Face masks are still available free of charge courtesy of Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the OC Board of Supervisors and candidate for
Congress. USA flag lapel pins, flags, scarves, political campaign buttons and other merchandise are available for purchase at the booth.
Individuals of any party or no party are invited to join the Saturday rallies to support police officers at the base of the Seal Beach pier starting at noon.
Long Beach Animal Care Services provides animal control services to Seal Beach. To report coyote activities or other animal control services, call the 24-hour animal services line, (562) 570-7387 or online at www.longbeach.gov/acs/wildlife/coyote-report.
Diana Harrison is still continuing to collect homemade fabric masks for the community. Those interested in donating or those who want to help make more masks can call Sharon Koln at (562) 596-1969.
For Your Information:
When there is doubt about LW policy or rules and regulations, residents should refer to their Occupancy Agreement, or direct questions to their mutual directors or GRF representatives.
By Mary Larson
The Democratic Club will hold its second Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Participants will hear updates from Harley Rouda and Diedre Nguyen’s campaigns. The meeting will start at noon. Log in information will be sent to members by email before the meeting. Anyone needing help using Zoom can log on as early as 11:30.
Kris Beard, running for election to the Orange County Water District and Mike Filler, running for the Los Alamitos School District Board Area 5 position, will also introduce themselves to the members during the September meeting. Both the water and school board positions are non-partisan offices, as is the Seal Beach City Council race for which Leisure World resident Carole Damoci is a candidate.
The Orange County Water District (OCWD) is an internationally recognized leader in the water industry and its international reach is growing. Its leadership in water purification and potable reuse (turning recycled water into drinking water) has been recognized worldwide.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters is currently accepting applications for Customer Service Representatives to work in vote centers located throughout the county in support of the upcoming November General Election. Applications are available online at ocvote.com/jobs
Window signs supporting the following candidates are available by calling (562) 596-0450 or (562) 296-8521:
Joe Biden/Kamala Harris, candidates for president and vice-president
48th District Congressman Harley Rouda, candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives;
Garden Grove Councilwoman Diedre Nguyen, candidate for CA Assembly District 72;
Paurvi Trivedi, candidate for Los Alamitos Unified School District Board Area 2.
Readers are reminded that the Democratic Club will not staff a voter registration booth outside Clubhouse 6 for the foreseeable future due to the potential risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. In its place, a team of volunteers stand ready to assist LW residents who wish to register for the first time, change address or re-register to a different party. Call (562) 596-0450, (562) 412-0898 or (562) 296-8521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Since May 1, 164 Leisure World residents have registered or reregistered as Democrats according to information received from the County Registrar of Voters. The number of registered Democrats and Republicans in Leisure World continues to be relatively the same. It is the 1,185 residents who are registered as independent voters who may be the “deciders” in November.
If you are a Democrat and want to know more about the club’s efforts between now and Nov. 3, you can subscribe to the electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing email@example.com or by calling (562) 296-8521 with your contact information.
Club members interested in being considered for nomination to the 2021-2022 board of directors should email firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of the nominating committee will contact you with a list and description of all open positions.
James E. Greenwood
May 1937 – Aug. 2020
James E. Greenwood from Mutual 5 passed away after a short and courageous battle with cancer on Aug. 13. He was born to Edwin and Dorothy Greenwood on May 12, 1937 in Pontiac, Michigan. Right out of high school, he attend trade school and became a machine repair foreman in 1955 until he retired in 1991. He started the first Energy Conservation Program with his skilled trade employees at the CPC plant in Pontiac and saved General Motors over a million dollars in one year. He enjoyed hunting and fishing trips to Wyoming with his friends from work. They would rent an RC and come home with loads of venison and fish.
He married Erika in Aug. 1984. They lived in Clarkston, Michigan, where they loved and entertained family and friends adn their Lake Oakland home.
In 1996 they moved to Leisure World where Jim’s mother resided. After two months, they bought a boat, put an ad in the LW Weekly, and the Ancient Angler club was formed. He was president for some time. Club member Bernie Z. willingly gave all the opportunity to fish on his boat “the Record Breaker” in Cabo St. Lucas. Jim caught his 105 pound sailfish on a 25-pound test line there.
He also loved Lake Tahoe, where he and Erika spent three month a year in their motor home. Jim and his friend Rich Vaira hiked over four thousand miles there over a period of 18 years. Jim started hiking at the age of 62, when he became a great grandfather. They knew every trail and lake and took hundreds of beautiful pictures. When he returned home, he attend his AA meetings every Sunday in Bolsa Chica. He received his 18 year sobriety coin from two AA friends who came to his home the day he passed away.
Jim is survived by his wife, Erika and his sister Joyce Bachner, who are both Leisure World Residents. He is also survived by his children, Debi and Larry Wheatley in Columbia Tennessee; Julie and Craig Foote in Spring Hill Tennessee, Rick and Blue Greenwood; stepchildren Liet. Col. Dan Erwin at the US Airforce base in England, Richard Erwin in Flint, Michigan and Yvonne Bunton in Fenton Michigan.
Together Jim and Erica have 16 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Jim will be deeply missed, but his kindness and helpfulness will live on forever in the hearts of all who loved him.
Linda Jane Barisoff
June 1943 – Aug. 2020
Linda Jane Barisoff of Mutual 14 died at the age of 77 on Aug. 16. She was born on June 1, 1943 to Harold and Ann Riches in Millen, Georgia. She went to Washington High School in Los Angeles, California. She married Robert Barisoff on Aug. 1 in 1981. She lived in Seal Beach, California, for 38 years before moving to Leisure World in 2005 and served on the Mutual 14 board from 2010-2011. She was also involved in the Bunko Cart Club and RV Club.
Being an only child, Linda always wanted a big family, so she surrounded herself with many children and people she loved. Linda was a devoted wife and home mother. Linda was a checker at a grocery store for eight years. She was a fighter and overcame many years of health issues, including surviving cancer three times.
Linda was a lifelong Christian and loved the Lord. Now is her time to be at peace and be in the company of Jesus and her heavenly family. Her wonderful stories will be missed, but her family takes comfort in knowing she is at peace now and is going to be full of new stories when we see her again.
Linda is survived by her husband, Robert Barisoff, her children Terri, Gary, Dennis, Adam, Robert, Billy, Jessica, and Jennifer along with 17 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and two lifelong friends, Judy O’Brien and Karen Welsh and many more friends she considered family.
A memorial service will be held on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Church, 1000 N. Studebaker road, Long Beach, Ca, 90815. Pastor David Talley will officiate the service.
Epefanio Ramos 70
Violet Offenberg 83
Richard Bowers 73
David Wettach 50
Erika Senter 80
John Ervin 64
Samuel Kim 30
Roger Williamson 80
Leoncito Cabrera 78
Margare Aulbach 99
Blas Campos 93
John Ervin 64
Families assisted by
Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.
• An “In Memoriam” column is available free of charge. Limited to name, mutual number and date of death.
• An obituary with or withoutphoto is available free of charge for the first 250 words. Additional words will be charged at the rate of 25 cents per word. Notices written by the news staff will be free and no more than 250 words.
• Notices from mortuaries and non-GRF members will be printed exactly as submitted and charged at the non-member classified advertising rate, $12 for the first 12 words and 25 cents for each additional word.
• Bordered, decorative obituaries and eulogies are available in any size at the prevailing display advertising rate.
• Obituaries may be published as news articles when the person has been a member of the GRF Board of Directors, or when, in the opinion of the managing editor, the passing of a person is newsworthy to a sufficiently large number of GRF members.
Life options, pages 12-13
Council on Aging Program
The following are programs sponsored by the Southern California Council on Aging, a trusted nonprofit organization since 1973. It provides unbiased information, programs and services to more than 290,000 seniors and disabled adults annually across Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Inyo and Mono counties. It promotes the independence, health and dignity of adults through compassion, education and advocacy. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, program operations may have changed. Make sure to call first; contact information is included for each resource.
Concierge Care Navigators
Are you overwhelmed with the responsibilities of providing care for a loved one and unsure of how to navigate the health care system? Concierge Care Navigators is here to help. These geriatric care managers will help manage the complexities of your loved one’s health care needs. Gerontologist and registered nurses are specially trained to evaluate, plan and coordinate care. They conduct on-site assessments and create an online care plan based on recommendations from physicians, family and health care providers. The plan focuses on wellness, prevention and keeping loved ones safely at home. Accessible online to all family members, the care plan facilitates well-being, independence and peace of mind.
Concierge Care Navigators offer care plans that address short and long-term goals. Services include:
• Consultation with client/family members at their home, hospital or skilled nursing facility to assess health and safety needs
• Online, comprehensive care plans, including medical and non-medical goals, based on recommendations from physicians, family and health care providers
• Care plan update notifications to care team via text and email
• Assistance in discharge planning from hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to home
• Medication management overseen by a licensed, registered nurse
• Help in scheduling and attending medical appointments with clients
• Referrals to trusted community resources and immediate access to Council on Aging programs
• Support with implementation of the care plans and fostering family engagement, providing confidence and peace of mind
Concierge Care Navigators is a fee-for-service program for Orange County residents. Call (714) 619-2129 for a free 30-minute consultation.
Friendly Visitor Program
Isolation is rampant among older adults who lose mobility, lack transportation options, and live alone or away from family. The Friendly Visitor Program prevents and alleviates the physical and mental health risks linked to isolation. This program benefits isolated older and disabled adults by addressing their basic, social, emotional, and environmental needs.
The program offers a supportive social structure of trained volunteers who provide weekly positive interactions to frail and disabled adults. Through ongoing assessments, recurring home and telephone visitations, the program identifies clients’ unmet needs and offers ongoing assistance in securing access to appropriate health and social resources.
Services are provided at no cost to participants and include:
• A screening evaluation conducted by an intake specialist
• Comprehensive in-home assessment administered by a Social Worker
• Individual care plan and coordination of care
• Weekly telephone checkups and home visitation
• Short-term in-home therapy as needed
• Ongoing case monitoring
• Referrals and linkages to needed healthcare and community resources
• Participant and family education
To find out more, call (714) 479-0107. The program is offered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese in Orange County.
The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) offers free, unbiased Medicare counseling. Medicare is often complex and confusing. HICAP offers one-on-one counseling to assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, friends and caregivers understand their Medicare benefits and best healthcare options.
HICAP is part of the national network of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) and is the most dependable source of unbiased and accurate Medicare related information.
The Council on Aging’s HICAP counselors are trained California state-registered staff and volunteers. It provides Medicare counseling, community education and outreach. HICAP does not sell, endorse, promote or recommend commercial insurance products or services.
Call HICAP when you need help; the hotline is (800) 434-0222 for HICAP or for general information, (714) 560-0424, for Orange County.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Since 1976, long-term care Ombudsman advocacy has been one of the founding initiatives of the Council on Aging-Southern California. Long-term care Ombudsmen are advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes and assisted living facilities.
Its mission is to empower residents through advocacy, mediation, complaint investigation and resolution. Ombudsmen provide information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care. They are trained to resolve problems and can assist you with complaints.
Ombudsman services are free and confidential. It can answer questions about abuse complaints, your rights as a resident, quality-of-care concerns, suspected financial abuse and more.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman is available to assist in resolving problems and advocating for the rights of long-term care residents. While they are unable to visit facilities, they can ensure that issues are addressed by telephone or other means of communication. If you have a complaint or concern, or need to reach a Long-Term Care Ombudsman, call (800) 300-6222 in Orange County or the 24-hour CRISIS line (800) 231-4024.
ReConnect EISOA Program:
Early Intervention Services for Older Adults
Adults aged 60 or above make important contributions to society as family members, volunteers and as active participants in the workforce. While most have good mental health, many are at risk of developing mental disorders. Staying vital and connected can help you ward off the depression that often comes with aging, especially since the advent of COVID-19 and the isolation that comes with restrictions. The ReConnect EISOA Program offers short-term comprehensive services to Orange County residents who are experiencing emotional challenges and overall health barriers, particularly those appearing later in life.
As many as one in four older adults experience mental health concerns that are not a normal part of aging—the most common of which are anxiety or mood disorders, including depression. In most cases, these mental health issues respond well to treatment.
There is help for Orange County residents age 60 years of age or older with limited or inadequate social support who are experiencing loneliness and mental health challenges. As long as you are willing to participte in the program and can perform activites independently, your quality of life can be improved.
The ReConnect Program is offered in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese.
The ReConnect Program provides up to 12 months of early intervention services at no cost to participants. This includes:
• Comprehensive screenings
• In-home clinical case management services
• Psychiatric assessments
• Individual counseling
• Referrals and linkages to resources
• Family support services
• Peer mentoring services
• Support groups
• Educational and social activities
• Mental Health is as Important as Physical Health
Senior Protection Program & Financial Abuse Specialist Team
Financial abuse is the fastest growing and least reported form of abuse. This Senior Protection Program provides education and empowerment to help you recognize and guard yourself against financial exploitation. The Senior Protection Program (SPP) provides educational seminars on abuse targeting older adults and adults with disabilities. SPP is proud to be part of a multidisciplinary team known as the Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST).
FAST members serve as volunteer advisors offering information in the areas of law, criminal investigation, civil litigation, guardianship, fiduciary matters, banking and accounting, real estate, insurance, and senior services. FAST assists Adult Protective Services (APS), the Ombudsmen, law enforcement and attorneys in resolving complicated matters of abuse. Financial abuse occurs when someone improperly uses another persons’ money or property. If you suspect that you or someone you know is being financially abused, report it:
• Call Adult Protective Services (APS) for individuals living independently at 1 (800) 451-5155.
•Report suspicions of abuse to local law enforcement; the Seal Beach Police Department non-emergency line is (562) 799-4100
Report scams to the FTC online at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or call 1 (877) 382-4357.
How serious is it?
Many older people worry about their memory and other thinking abilities. For example, they might be concerned about taking longer than before to learn new things, or they might sometimes forget to pay a bill. These changes are usually signs of mild forgetfulness—often a normal part of aging—not serious memory problems.
What’s Normal Forgetfulness and What’s Not?
What’s the difference between normal, age-related forgetfulness and a serious memory problem? Serious memory problems make it hard to do everyday things like driving and shopping. Signs may include:
• Asking the same questions over and over again
• Getting lost in familiar places
• Not being able to follow instructions
• Becoming confused about time, people, and places
Some older adults have a condition called mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, in which they have more memory or other thinking problems than other people their age. People with MCI can take care of themselves and do their normal activities. MCI may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s, but not everyone with MCI will develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Signs of MCI include:
• Losing things often.
• Forgetting to go to important events or appointments
• Having more trouble coming up with desired words than other people of the same age
If you have MCI, visit your doctor every 6-12 months to see if you have any changes in memory and other thinking skills over time. There may be things you can do to maintain your memory and mental skills. No medications have been approved to treat MCI.
Dementia and Aging
Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, learning and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with daily life and activities. Memory loss, though common, is not the only sign. A person may also have problems with language skills, visual perception, or paying attention. Some people have personality changes. Dementia is not a normal part of aging.
There are different forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form in people over age 65.
When to Visit the Doctor for Memory Loss
If you, a family member or friend has problems remembering recent events or thinking clearly, talk with a doctor. He or she may suggest a thorough checkup to see what might be causing the symptoms.
The annual Medicare wellness visit includes an assessment for cognitive impairment. This visit is covered by Medicare for patients who have had Medicare Part B insurance for at least one year.
Memory and other thinking problems have many possible causes, including depression, an infection or a medication side effect. Sometimes, the problem can be treated, and the thinking problems disappear. Other times, the problem is a brain disorder, such as Alzheimer’s disease, which cannot be reversed. Finding the cause of the problems is important to determine the best course of action.
—from the National Institute on Aging
GETTING YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER
Elder law attorneys can help protect assets
“It’s always too soon until it’s too late”
by Cindy Tostado
member resources and assistance liaison
We are witnessing a rise in situations where a Leisure World unit becomes inaccessible following the death of a shareholder. These units are locked down until legal authority can be proved or obtained. Legal authority may need to be obtained through a court process of probate. Probate can take up to two years from start to finish and can have costly fees of 6-15 percent of the gross value of the estate. This can all be avoided by careful legal planning.
Seeking out an Elder Law Attorney’s (ELA) advice and direction will help you and your loved ones protect yourself and your assets.
Without proper legal documents your property can be held up in a court proceeding called “probate.” A Living Trust is a legal document that owns your property and passes your property to your beneficiaries when you die without going through probate court. Other legal documents that are equally important are the Durable Power of Attorney for Medical and Financial. These documents give a designated person the legal authority to make medical and financial decisions for you if you cannot.
Depending on your family situation and applicable state laws, an elder law attorney may guide you in planning your future. An ELA helps older people and their families by:
• Interpreting state laws
• Planning how their wishes will be carried out
• Explaining their financial options
• Teaching how to preserve financial assets while caring for a loved one
Seek out the advice and guidance of an ELA to see what documents and planning are best for you. Here are basic steps to getting your affairs in order:
• Gather everything you can about your income, property, investments, insurance and savings.
• Put copies of legal documents and other important papers in one secure place. Review regularly to see if there is anything new to add.
• Tell a trusted family member or advisor where you put your important papers. If you do not have a relative or friend you trust, ask a lawyer to help.
• Give permission in advance for your doctor or lawyer to talk with your family member or advisor as needed. You can give your permission in advance to Medicare, a credit card company, your bank, or your doctor. You may need to sign and return a form.
• Advance planning for funeral and burial can provide a sense of peace and reduce anxiety for you and your family.
What have you done to get your affairs in order? What will your legacy look like? Do not wait until it’s too late.
For questions or resources contact, GRF Cindy Tostado, LCSW, member resource and assistance liaison at 431-6586, ext. 317.
HEALTHY AT HOME
Five ways to prevent a life-changing fall
Most people hope to live comfortably and self-sufficiently at home well into their golden years.
The good news is advancements in healthcare and other technology are increasingly allowing aging Americans to live longer at home. The bad news is many are unable to continue to do so once they take a serious fall at home, injuring their hips, heads or other body parts. That’s an all-too-common problem: One in four Americans age 65 and older fall each year, and falling once doubles their chances of falling again, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Falls also are the number one cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults.
According to experts, several steps can be taken to prevent debilitating falls.
• Recognize your risk. A number of health issues—ranging from arthritis to neurological conditions to vision or hearing loss—can make you more prone to falling. Various medications, the use of alcohol or simple dehydration may also affect your ability to get around safely. Be aware of your issues so you can plan for them.
• Optimize your health. Take responsibility for staying as healthy and fit as possible by remaining active, drinking enough water, limiting alcohol, avoiding smoking and eating a healthy diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D. Annual physicals, eye exams and bone density tests are recommended. Make exercise a priority, and choose something that you enjoy to maintain your bone health and coordination.
• Safeguard your home. Walk through your home to identify and fix possible obstacles such as slippery surfaces, poor lighting, cluttered pathways, unsecured rugs, electric cords, loose flooring, etc. Consider installing grab bars in the shower, securing loose rugs with slip-resistant backings and installing bright motion-detector lights. Move clothes, kitchenware and other everyday items within easy reach.
• Wear the right shoes. Limit footwear to well-fitting, low-heeled shoes or slippers with rubber or other non-skid soles. Also watch for untied shoelaces. Don’t wear flip flops.
• Maintain an action plan. If you live alone, have someone check on you daily. If you do fall, you may avoid further injury by using your arms to protect your head instead of trying to break your fall. If possible, fall on your side or bottom and roll slightly. If you can’t get up after bracing yourself on a wall or furniture, call a friend, relative or 911 for help. Finally, consider wearing a medical alert device 24-7; you never know where and when you’ll need emergency help, and your cell phone may not always be available.
Once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, the HCC will again be able to offer it’s popular Matter of Balance class, which emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.
People who take the class have praised its content, which focuses on viewing falls as controllable, setting goals for increasing activity, making changes to reduce the chance of falls and learning exercises to increase strength and balance.
Class sign-up information will run in the LW Weekly when it is safe to offer them again.
More Resources for Memory Loss
NIA Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education
and Referral (ADEAR) Center
The National Institute on Aging’s ADEAR Center offers information and free print publications about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for families, caregivers, and health professionals. ADEAR Center staff answer telephone, email, and written requests and make referrals to local and national resources.
COVID-19 Testing Locations in OC
SOS Health Center-Costa Mesa
SOS Health Center-
If You Need Assistance
Orange County Hall of Administration
Health, page 14
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB), delivers freshly cooked meals daily, Monday–Friday, between 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Deliveries include a hot dinner, cold lunch, dessert and 8oz. carton of one percent milk. The cold lunch may be an entree salad or a sandwich with a small side salad. A diabetic dessert is available for those in need. Contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 2 or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Caron before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, Sept. 10: Beef stroganoff, seasoned egg noodles, zuccini medley, cauliflower, mandarin orange, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, marinated cucumber and onion salad.
Friday, Sept. 11: Oven baked breaded fish with tarter sauce, barley pilaf, seasoned broccoli, cantaloupe, entree Caesar chicken salad with romaine lettuce shredded cheese, croutons, Caesar dressing, crackers.
Monday, Sept. 14: Oven baked chicken leg and thigh with mole sauce, pinto beans, Mexicali corn, fresh orange or tangerine, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, carrot and raisin slaw.
Tuesday, Sept. 15: Baked ham with honey glaze, mashed sweet potatoes, peas with onions, unsweetened applesauce, entree taco salad with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn black beans, cheese, cilantro, salsa dressing, crackers.
Wednesday, Sept. 16: Beef spicado, baked potato wedges, lemon pepper broccoli, pineapple with mango, turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with the lettuce, tomato and pickle, homemade potato salad.
Free reading glasses available
The Lions Club of Seal Beach has been distributing free reading glasses in Leisure World for the past several weeks. Over 200 pairs of glasses have been handed out to 50 plus residents so far.
There are still readers available with various strengths and an eye chart available in the Leisure World Health Care Center.
The Lions Club also has a collections box in the Health Care Center for any old/used prescription glasses that are no longer needed. The Lions Club recycles these and they are given to folks in need at the Vision Screenings in Southern California and Mexico.
Deliveries are still available by emailing Frank Brown, email@example.com or Steve Hollen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OC great plates
Order Kosher Meals on Wheels Now
Pirchei Kosher is serving through Orange County’s Great Plates program Kosher meal delivery for those who qualify. This is a meal delivery service providing three meals a day for the duration of the program. To enroll, call Pirchei at (949) 215-9995.
Other programs may be available for those who may not be able to qualify for this program. Contact us for more information or visit www.ypsshul.com/kosher.
Those who are over 65 may qualify for the Kosher meal service. This is a limited time program and to enroll you must contact us as soon as possible. Those who are 60-64 and have exposure to COVID-19, may qualify under other categories.
This program is funded in part through a grant from the California Office of Emergency Services, as allocated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and administered by the Office on Aging.
Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) is a small, local non-profit dedicated to helping the homeless in the community.
HHUG accepts donations of clean used towels, new, unopened travel size shampoo, soap or lotion. New socks are the only clothing donation that HHUG accepts.
Those who wish to donate can contact Linda Neer at (562) 430-3214 for pick up. Donations can also be left on her patio at Mutual 2-48A. To learn more about HHUG, visit www.hhug.org.
SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.
Thursday, September 10
4 pm Alaska Final Frontier
4:08 pm Archie and Edith Get Rescued
4:18 pm SBACC with Bloopers/Outtakes
4:46 pm Expo 2018
5:30 pm Suede Soul Dancers
6:05 pm Tommy Williams
6:32 pm LW Entertainment
7 pm Back to Bourbon Steet
7:40 pm Betty Price Chimes Soloist
8:30 pm Cerritos Center-
10:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Friday, September 11
4 pm Queen Kong 2009
4:32 pm Anna Derby 71st Birthday
5:32 pm History of Las Vegas Part 1
6:40 pm History of Las Vegas Part 2
8 pm Seal Beach City Limits:
Seal Beach Police Department
9 pm Cerritos Center-
Golden Dragon Acrobats
10:30 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
Saturday, September 12
4 pm Vinyl Rock Valentine Concert
6:15 pm LW Hula Dance Club
6:30 pm Harmonn Islanders
7 pm Beginning of Leisure World
7:15 pm Back to Bourbon Street
8 pm LAUSD
11 pm Cerritos Center–
Sunday, September 13
4 pm McGaugh Pageant of the
5:30 pm Betty Price Chimes Soloist
6:30 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
7 pm Spirit of Seal Beach
7:30 pm History of Seal Beach
8 pm Alaska Final Frontier
8:08 pm Anna Derby’s 71st Bithday
9 pm Betty Price Chimes Soloist
10 pm Abilene Ampitheater
11:35 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
4 pm LW Entertainment
4:30 pm LW Expo
5:15 pm Archie and Edith get rescued
5:30 pm Tommy Williams Sept. 2020
6 pm History of Seal Beach
6:30 pm Spirit of Seal Beach
7 pm SB City Council Meeting– LIVE
8:30 pm Suede Soul Dancers
9:05 pm Vinyl Rock Valentine Concert
11:20 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Tuesday, September 15
4 pm Queen Kong-LW
4:32 pm Community Focus
5:30 pm Suede Soul Dancers
6:05 pm Rolling Thunder
7:15 pm Archie and Edith Get Rescued
7:30 pm Alaska Final Frontier
7:40 pm Betty Price Chimes Soloist
8:30 pm Cerritos Center:
10:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Wednesday, September 16
4 pm SBACC with bloopers/outtakes
4:30 pm Anna Derby’s 71st Birthday
5:30 pm History of Las Vegas Part 1
6:30 pm History of Las Vegas Part 2
8 pm Seal Beach City Limits:
Seal Beach Police department
9 pm Cerritos Center:
Golden Dragon Acrobatics
10:30 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
11:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
*All programming is subject to change.
Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 12/31/20
LW Resident. (562) 419-3557
Hand sanitizers available.
Business License #WEL0015. 09/03
I am seeking a female companion. This is not a paid position, but an appeal to single LW females ages 65-80, who are lonely and want a man in their life. Some of the qualities I desire are Christian, family-oriented, politically conservative, good-natured, kind, honest, warm and affectionate. If this is you, please call Don Sunday at (562) 650-5528. 09/10
FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE
Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.
Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071.
OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
(562) 596-7757. 03/31/22
LW DECOR INC.
New triple pane windows,
laminate flooring, carpet patio
tile/carpet. Painting ceilings
made smooth, ceiling lights.
refaced kitchen cabinets,
refaced granite quartz countertops.
Lic. #723262. LW DECOR INC.
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 07/08/2021
Specializing in remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate.
License #954725. 04/22/21
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.
Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat.
Nu Kote 562-833-3911
Serving LW since 1999. 09/17
Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.
CA State License #675336. 10/29
LW DECOR INC.
Only premium paints,
Ceilings made smooth.
Cown moulding installed.
LW DECOR INC
40 years in LW.
LW Decor Inc.
Laminate, Vinyl, Plank, Patio tile and Patio carpet.
40 years in Leisure World.
Interior Flooring Solutions
Hardwood floors, carpet,
laminate, vinyl planks.
25 years experience.
Contractor License 1043763. 12/24
CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
CLEANING & REPAIR
All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.
Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.
State Contractors Lic. #578194.10/29
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.
Licensed and insured.
Dan (562) 841-3787.
Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 09/24
LW DECOR INC.
Blinds, shutters, shades, 40 years serving Leisure World. Contractor’s License #723262.
LW DECOR INC.
WANT CLEAN WINDOWS?
I Clean Inside & Outside Or…
Clean Outside Only and Save $$$.
(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,
Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach
Business License #LIV0004. 09/24
Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Maria Giegerich 562-596-9983. Free of charge.
Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006. 12/31/20
I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with daily care, doctor’s appointments, and errands. Available 24/7. 949-899-7770. 10/01
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
Referral Agency. Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 12/10/20
Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 09/24
Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state.
Gloria 949-371-7425. 09/17
MOST AFFORDABLE RATE affordable rates with optimum service, 23 years experience LW, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24 hour, part time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911, Heidi 562-277-3650. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 12/31/20
Do you need help
getting things done?
Call “your personal concierge”.
Home organization, running
errands, House/pet sitting,
personal shopper, Post office
services and more! Reasonable rates.
Call or text Lisa 949-432-1877. 09/17
Experienced caregiver, CNA, medication management, dementia, diabetic care, doctor appointments, errands, companionship, cooking & cleaning. Overnight care available. (310) 367-4664. 11/19
HOME CARE PERSONAL ASSISTANT WANTED
CAREGIVER/HOUSEKEEPER URGENTLY NEEDED – This is a live-out position work, from Tuesday to Friday. $750 weekly. Childcare and Light housekeeping. Must be able to interact with children, speak English, and non-smoker. MUST HAVE REFERENCES AND BE RESPONSIBLE.
If interested, you can reach Janet at
Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd, #116. (714) 425-4198. 11/26
In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 09/24
Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal
Beach License LUC0001.10/08
General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 09/17
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning
Excellent referrals in LW
20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 09/23
MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE
We make your home sparkle! 7 days-call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A. Call 562-505-1613. 11/05
Maria House Cleaning
We’ll make your house look as
nice as possible! 15 years of
experience, We can work with your
schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly.
Call or text 714-496-2885.
Bus. Lic #HER0008. 10/29
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device.
Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.
License #CIP0001 11/12
John’s Computer Services
Virus removal, Repair, Training,
Software, Wireless, Internet
Security. LW Resident
SB License FUH0001. 10/29
ANY KIND OF CAR
Cars, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 10/22
Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale
Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call: 714-292-9124. 05/13/21
Need a lift? Pam Miller.
LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 09/17
Rides by Russ,
With the personal touch.
For over 5 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping
I also make & sell face shields for $6.
Russ 714-655-1544. 09/17
Trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 09/03
MOVING, HAULING &
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License
BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 09/24
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 09/17
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
Portable air conditioning. Almost new. Delonghi, Model PINTUINO. 949-735-6811. Call after 5 p.m. 09/10
Two-wheel recumbent bicycle. Excellent condition. $300 OBO. 623-299-6544. 09/17
Surfing & recreational kayak by Hunt Johnson desins, 30 lbs, made of Kevlar. $1,100 OBO. 623-299-6544. 09/24
ESTATE FOR RENT
Looking for a female 65 & older that is looking for a private room to rent. Low income. 6 bedroom house. In Westminster, off Bolsa Chica & Westminster Blvd. All utilities & cable included. Ready for move-in. The room starts at $900/month.
(562) 296-5410. Yvonne. 10/01