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 Mountain Views News Saturday, March 17, 2012 


Happiness & Krispy Kremes


March Birthdays

Ella Gutman, Santos Ruiz, Viky Tchatlian, 
Mary Cooper, Carla Duplex,Terri Elder, 
Georgina ‘Snooky’ Greger, Rita Johnson, 
Helen Wallis, Dorothy Webster


Senior Programs have returned to the Hart 
Park House enior Center, 222 W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd. in Memorial Park - Come by and 
see the changes!!

By Rene Quenell, Founder/Owner

Yoga Madre - Sierra Madre 


MONDAYS: City Hall & Lunch Café 

12 noon: Intervale Lunch Café: Come enjoy 
a hot meal with others. Donation for seniors 
(60+) of $2.00; visitors $3.75. Call 355-0256 
to make your daily reservation.

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm: Strength Training with 
Lisa Brandley. FREE class of stretching with 
light hand weights while you sit.


 FREE blood pressure checks by Methodist 
Hospital Nurse; 11 am to 12 noon.

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: BINGO; cards are only 25 
cents each so stop by & play

5:15 pm to 6:45 pm: Yoga; $6.00 - 50 & over. 
Please call 355-5278 for more information


11 –11:45 am: Balance Class with Teryl. FREE 
class designed to improve balance & refresh 
the joints

12 noon: Intervale Lunch Café; daily reservations 
needed 355-0256

2nd Wednesday of the month: FREE Legal 
Consultations: 10-11:30 am. Appointments 
call 355-7394

Wii Wednesday - 1:00 pm or call the senior 
desk at 355-7394 to arrange another time & 
day to learn how to play. No previous experience 
or skills required and it is great exercise.


1:00 to 3:30 pm: Game Day. Join us for Poker 
with Bridge on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays; so 
please call for more information.

FRIDAY: City Hall closed on Dec. 16, 23 & 30 
and Lunch Café closed on Dec. 23

 12 noon: Intervale Lunch Café; daily reservations 
needed 355-0256

Saturday: 11:30 am: Senior Club brown bag 
lunch and BINGO at 12:30 pm. 

Meals are delivered to home-
bound seniors by volunteer drivers 
through the YWCA Intervale 
Lunch Program M-F (with frozen meals for the 

Meals are delivered to the home-bound seniors 
by drivers through the YWCA Interval Lunch 
Program M-F (with frozen meals for the 

 Call the YWCA at (626) 214-9460 for more 

 Take a few steps toward happiness through yoga. After just one class, 
yoga can begin to make a difference in how you feel. You can feel the 
stress melting away. But, then this funny thing happens. As you keep 
practicing, you begin to get stronger, you begin to feel better, you notice 
you are smiling more and you are making better choices about what to put in your body 
so you can do that pose a little better. (While I do advocate balance, and that includes the 
occasional indulgence, too many Krispy Kreme donuts can keep you from getting deeper 
into that forward fold.)

Self-discipline is one of the foundational teachings of yoga. But so is going at your own 
pace. If you jump into a new regime of depriving yourself of pleasure, then you are bound 
to fail. But what if you can find pleasure in your practice? I think yoga is one of the most 
self-empowering things you can do for yourself. I always notice that my life just goes better 
when I am practicing. Things don’t bother me as much. I am lighter on my feet. I have more 
stamina and less of that nagging negative voice in the head. I am happy.

I can’t think of anything better for the planet and for you than happiness through your 
practice. The world will be a better place, and your life will be what you make of it. Yoga 
shows you how to overcome struggle, how to breathe in challenging situations and how to 
find happiness in yourself. Sound too good to be true? Then I challenge you.

 Have you been away from your practice for a while? Then I invite you back.

Namasté, René 


Dear Savvy Senior:

Can exercise help seniors with arthritis? I 
have osteoarthritis and have read that certain 
exercises can help ease the pain, but I 
don’t know where to start, and I certainly 
don’t want to make it any worse than it already 
is. What can you tell me?

Sedentary Sally

Dear Sally:

Lots of seniors who have arthritis believe 
that exercise will worsen their condition, but 
that’s not true. Study after study has shown 
that exercise is actually one of the best treatments 
for osteoarthritis. 

Proper and careful exercises can help reduce 
joint pain and stiffness, strengthen muscles 
around the joints and increase flexibility. 
It also helps manage other chronic conditions 
that are common among seniors with 
arthritis, such as diabetes, heart disease and 
obesity. Here are some tips to help you get 

Exercises for Arthritis

Determining exactly which types of exercises 
are best for you, depends on the form and 
severity of your arthritis, and which joints 
are involved. It’s best to work with your doctor 
or a physical therapist to help you develop 
an exercise program that works for you. 
The different types of exercises that are most 
often recommended to seniors with arthritis 

• Range-of-motion exercises: These are 
gentle stretching exercises that can relieve 
stiffness as well as improve your ability to 
move your joints through their normal range 
of motion. These exercises should be done 

• Strengthening exercise: Calisthenics, 
weight training and working with resistance 
bands are recommended (two or more days 
a week) to maintain and improve your muscle 
strength, which helps support and protect 
your joints. 

• Aerobic exercises: Low-impact activities 
like walking, cycling, swimming or 
water aerobics are all recommended three to 
five times per week to help improve cardiovascular 
health, control weight, and improve 
your overall function. 

It’s also important to keep in mind that when 
you first start exercising, you need to go 
slow to give your body time to adjust. If 
you push yourself too hard you can aggravate 
your joint pain, however, some 
muscle soreness or joint achiness in the 
beginning is normal. 

To help you manage your pain start by 
warming up with some simple stretches 
or range of motion exercises for five to 10 
minutes before you move on to strengthening 
or aerobic exercises. Another tip is 
to apply heat to the joints you’ll be working 
before you exercise, and use cold packs 
after exercising to reduce inflammation. 

If you’re experiencing a lot of pain while 
you exercise, you may need to modify the 
frequency, duration, or intensity of your exercises 
until the pain improves. Or you may 
need to try a different activity – for example 
switching from walking to water aerobics. 
But it you’re having severe, sharp or constant 
pain, or large increases in swelling or your 
joints feel hot or red, you need to stop and 
see your doctor. 


Exercise Resources

To help you exercise at home, there are a 
number arthritis exercise DVDs you can 
purchase to guide you through a wide variety 
of activities. Collage Video (collagevideo.
com, 800-819-7111) sells several at prices 
ranging between $10 and $25, as does the 
Arthritis Foundation Store at or 

Also see, a resource 
created by the National Institute on 
Aging that offers a free exercise DVD and 
book that provides illustrated examples of 
exercises you can do to improve your condition. 
You can order your free copies online 
or by calling 800-222-2225. 

If you need some motivation or don’t like 
exercising alone, ask your doctor about exercise 
programs in your area for people with 
arthritis. Hospitals and clinics sometimes offer 
special programs, as do local health clubs 
and senior centers. The Arthritis Foundation 
also conducts exercise and aquatic programs 
for people with arthritis in many communities 
throughout the U.S. Contact your local 
branch (see, or 
call 800-283-7800 for contact information) 
to find out what may be available near you. 

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, 
P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor 
to the NBC Today show and author of “The 
Savvy Senior” book.


Join the Senior

Community Commission

at the 


 for a FREE presentation. Lunch is 
available for a 

$2 donation 

Call (626) 355-0256 by 

12 noon the day before. 




THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH - Palm Springs 
Follies. Spend the day in sunny PS and see

the new show Hot! Hot! Hot! celebrating 
those memories of endless summers with

music and dance. COST per person is $58 
(includes transportation, tip & show).

Lunch will be on your own at one of the 
many restaurants next to the theatre.

Registration can be done either in person or 
online at:


Tickets can now be purchased at:

Sierra Madre City Hall

Sierra Madre Recreation Center

Sierra Madre Library

We’d like to hear from you! 

What’s on YOUR Mind?

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at: editor@ 

Pasadena Highlands, an independent and assisted 
living community, is proud to provide a special 
gift basket on the first Tuesday of each month. 
Accredited In-Home nursing care will provide a 
special prize on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 
Bingo takes place every Tuesday at 1:30 pm at the 
Sierra Madre Recreation Center while the Hart Park 
House is under remodeling. The game begins at 
1:30 pm but those wishing to play must arrive 10 
minutes before to secure your Bingo cards. Join 
us on the 1st & 4th Tuesday of each month 

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