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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 24, 2016 



HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….September Birthdays

Clem Bartolai, Pat Hall, Donna Anderson, Teresa Chaure, Cathy Gunther, Esther 
Macias, Sheila Pierce, Nancy Sue Shollenberger, Yvonne Osti, Patti O’Meara, Judie 
Cimino, Mary Steinberg, Geri Wright, Parvin Dabiri, Denise Reistetter and Nehama 

* To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 626.355.2737. YEAR of birth 
not required but you must be over 60.


ACTIVITIES: Unless listed differently, all activities are at the 
Hart Park House (Senior Center) 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre



 YWCA San Gabriel Valley - Intervale Senior Cafe 

Seniors 60 years of age and up can participate in the YWCA Intervale daily lunch program held at the 
Hart Park House Senior Center. Meals are served Monday through Friday at 12:00 pm and participants 
are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 am. Meals are a suggested donation of $3.00 for seniors 60 and over 
or $5.00 for non-senior guests. Daily reservations are necessary, space is limited. Please reserve your 
lunch by calling 626-355-0256.

Tech Talk: Will resume in the fall. 

Hawaiian and Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday morning from 10:00 - 11:00am. Join instructor 
Barbara Dempsey as she instructs you in the art of hula. 

Bingo: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00 pm. Cards are only $0.25 each! Everyone is welcome to join. 
May be cancelled if less than 5 people. 

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesday of the month from 11:00am - 12:00 pm. No appt. necessary. 

Chair Yoga: Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 - 11:45am. A suggested donation of $5 at one of the 
classes is requested, but is not required. 

Case Management: Meets the second Thursday of the month. Case Management services are provided 
by the YWCA and provide assistance in a variety of areas. Appointments are required and can be 
scheduled by calling the HPH Office at 626-355-7394. 

Birthday Celebrations: Every second Thursday of the month at the Hart Park House. The free birthday 
cake is provided by the Sierra Madre Civic Club. 

 Game Day: Every Thursday starting at 12:00 pm. (Please note the time change.) A regular group of 
seniors play poker. Other games available for use. 

 Free Strength Training Class: Every Friday from 12:45 - 1:30 pm with Lisa Brandley. The class utilizes 
light weights for low impact resistance training. All materials for the class are provided. 

Senior Club: Every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown bag lunch at 11:30am. 



September 16, 2016

Time: 9:00am to 4:00 pm

Meeting Location: Hart Park House Senior Center

Cost: $ 10.00 (Does not include lunch)

Discover the museum’s historic collection and the Getty Center’s architecture and gardens by 
participating in a rich selection of engaging talks and tours that bring the Getty Center’s unique 
setting and the visual art to life. There are several gardens and fountains and landscaping for the public 
enjoyment. Lunch will be on your own. Choose from elegant dining in the Restaurant (reservations are 
recommended, 310-440-6810), to casual meals, coffee, and snacks at the Café, Garden Terrace Café, or 
the Coffee Carts. 

Participants should bring money for lunch and souvenirs. Level of walking: High. Please call the Hart 
Park House 626-355-7394.

Dear Savvy Senior

What types of healthy meal delivery options can you 
recommend for seniors who live at home, but don’t 
cook and don’t get out much. Since mom passed 
away, my dad’s diet is terrible and I worry about 
his health. 

Long-Distance Daughter

Dear Long-Distance,

There are various healthy meal service delivery 
options available to non-cooking seniors who 
live at home, but what’s available to your dad 
will depend on his location and budget. Here are 
several to check into. 

Senior Meal Programs

A good place to start is to find out if there’s a senior 
home delivery meal program in your dad’s area. 
Meals on Wheels is the largest program that most 
people are familiar with, but many communities 
offer senior meal delivery programs sponsored by 
other organizations that go by different names. 

 To find services available in your dad’s area, 
visit, which offers 
a comprehensive directory on their website, or 
call the area aging agency near your dad. Contact 
the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 to get the 

 Most home delivered meal programs across 
the U.S. deliver hot meals daily or several times 
a week, usually around the lunch hour, to seniors 
over age 60 who have problems preparing meals 
for themselves, as well as those with disabilities. 
Weekend meals, usually frozen, may also be 
available, along with special diets (diabetic, low-
sodium, kosher, etc.). Most of these programs 
typically charge a small fee (usually between $2 
and $6) or request a donation, while some may be 
free to low-income seniors. 

Online Meal Delivery

Another option that’s a bit more expensive is 
to purchase your dad’s meals online and have 
them delivered to his home. There are a number 
of companies that offer this type of service like 
Magic Kitchen (, Home 
Bistro (, Personal Chef To Go 
(, Good Measure Meals 
(, and many others. 

 These companies offer a wide variety of tasty 
meal choices, and will usually post the nutrition 
information for their meals right on their website. 
Most companies will also cater to a host of dietary 
and medical needs, such as low-sodium and low-
carb meals, diabetic meals, gluten-free, dairy-free, 
and vegetarian options.

 Most of the food arrives frozen, but a few 
companies ship food fresh. Prices generally start at 
around $10 to $13 per meal, plus shipping, however 
most companies provide discounts or free shipping 
when you order meals in bulk. 

Grocery Stores and Restaurants 

Depending on where your dad lives, he may also 
be able to get home delivered meals from local 
grocery stores or restaurants. Some grocery stores 
offer a selection of pre-cooked meals and foods, 
including roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and 
fresh soups and salads. Contact the grocery stores 
in your dad’s area to inquire about this option. Or 
check with some of his favorite restaurants to see if 
they offer home delivery. 

Personal Chefs

Another option for non-cooking seniors with a 
bigger budget is to hire a personal chef from time 
to time. A personal chef can provide your dad with 
a do-it-all service that will help plan his meals, 
do the grocery shopping and prepare him several 
weeks worth (or more) of tasty meals in his home, 
which he can freeze and eat whenever he wants. 
Or, they can prepare it in their own kitchen and 
deliver it. Chef’s fees range between $200 and $300 
plus groceries. He may be able to save money by 
sharing meals with you or another family member, 
or a friend or neighbor.

 To find a personal chef in your dad’s area, check 
the listings at the American Personal & Private 
Chef Association ( or the United 
States Personal Chef Association ( 

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






The Smart Refresher Driver Course focuses on 
learning current rules of the road, defensive driving 
techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more 
safely in today's increasingly challenging driving 
environment. You'll also learn how you can 
manage and accommodate common age-related 
changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Must 
pre-register. (Requirement of 10 students; drivers 
over 70 must take DMV written test.) *Checks 
payable to AARP and brought to the first day of 

Days: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Times: 1:00pm-5:30pm

Fees: $15.00 AARP Member, $20.00 Non 

Instructor: Certified AARP Instructor

Location: Hart Park House (Senior Center)

Getting quiet is 
nearly impossible 
with all of life’s 
Do you identify with feeling as though you are 
being pulled from one thing to the next? Over time, 
this leaves little room for a “no plan” day. Stress 
accumulates and this feeling of being off center 
begins to develop. Our body and mind often do not 
have the chance to catch up and digest the events 
going on in our lives. In this case, silence is what’s 
needed for replenishment and self-reflection. 

 You’re probably thinking – yes, but how do I 
get there? “When I try to be quiet, all I can hear 
is the chatter in my head.” Yoga and pranayama 
are great vehicles for preparing to get quiet. The 
body needs movement and regulation first. In 
particular, during times of stress – we need the 
overall physical practice of yoga (asana). When 
combined with breath work, the effects can be 
profound. Through practice, the parasympathetic 
nervous system--or the “rest and digest” response-
-is activated. The mind, in turn, experiences the 
feeling of being ok. The more the mind experiences 
this feeling, the better. It’s easier to get there the 
next time. It’s at this point that we truly become 
ready to experience the beauty of silence. Silence 
becomes a joy and makes space for self-reflection. 

 In Ayurveda, negativity is looked at as an 
accumulation of waste in the mind. To purify the 
mind, we must use silence as the remedy. Wouldn’t 
it be wonderful to be rid of waste in the mind?

 Try this: Plan a day when you can be silent for 
a good chunk of time. Let the thoughts get as loud 
as they will and just observe, notice how you feel. 
Note any self-reflections that are relevant for you. 
What other practices can lead you to times when 
silence can do its good work? 

 Namaste, and see you in class! 


Keely Totten

Your InvItatIon to an EvEnt at thE KEnsIngton sIErra MadrERCFE License198601953www.theKensingtonsierraMadre.comWEdnEsdaY, octobEr 5, 2016From: 6:30pm – 8:00pm 
at the Kensington 
245 West sierra Madre blvd. 
sierra Madre, ca 91024(626) 355-5700EvEnt dEtaIls• What activities really help bone health –and what 
really does not! (You’re going to be surprised!)
• Does dairy consumption really help bone health – 
or does it not?
• How to commit to memory the ENTIRE array 
of actions representing a more successful bone-
healthy lifestyle.
• Some rather stunning statistics about osteoporosis 
that will no doubt make you take bone health 
much more seriously.
• The ironies around when cooking affects food 
“negatively” for bone health, and when they 
actually don’t do so.
• Best foods for Vitamin D, calcium. 
• Best fruit for bone health (by far) – and how it’s 
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• When to consider the medications for bone health 
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• How to actually use colors to best measure and to 
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Please rsvP via email tossciurba@Kensingtonsl.comor by calling 626-355-5700
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