Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 22, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, June 22, 2019 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …June Birthdays*

Beth Copti, Marilyn Diaz, Anne Schryver, Jo Ann Williams, Paul Hagan, Lenore Crilly 
Joann Serrato-Chi, Harriett Lyle, Jean Coleman, Birgitta Gerlinger, Donna Mathieson, 
Luciana Rosenzweig, Linda Wochnik, Marian Woodford, Debbie Sheridan, Joanne 
Anthony, Carole Axline, Kika Downey, Shirley Hall, Annie Scalzo, Janet Ten Eyck, Jane 
Thomas, Ray Burley.

 * To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 626.355.2737. 
YEAR of birth not required


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

Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday Morning from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Join the class with Instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the art of Hula!

Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00 p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! Everyone is welcome to play! Activity may 
be canceled if there are less than five people.

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays Monthly from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Brain Games: Every third Thursday of the month at 12:45-1:45pm Join us for Scattergories, a creative thinking game by 
naming objects within a set of categories; or Jenga, a block-building challenge that keeps you stacking and bal-ancing your 
tower. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is needed. A great way to strengthen your mind and make new friends... 
Games are facilitated by Senior Volunteers.

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, May 15th from 10:30 a.m. - Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson is available for legal 
consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates and Injury. Please call the Hart Park House for an 
appointment, 626-355-5278 ext. 704.

Senior Club: Meets Saturdays, Weekly at Hart Park House Brown Bag Lunch, great company and bingo at 11:30 a.m.

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes include Yoga and balance exercises. All 
ability levels are encouraged and welcomed!

Birthday Celebration: Every 2nd Thursday Monthly at the Hart Park House. Share free birthday cake and ice cream 
kindly provided by the Senior Community Commission!

Game Day: Every Thursday Monthly 12:00 Noon come into the Hart Park House and join a lively poker game with 

Free Strength Training Class: Fridays 12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. with Lisa Brandley.light weights, low impact resistance 
training and body conditioning. Class equipment provided.

Gentle Yoga for Active Seniors: Every Monday & Wednesday from 8:15 - 9:45 a.m. with Andrea Walsh at the Hart Park 
House. Classes include complete floor relaxation, standing and floor postures, balancing, and 

featuring extended meditations on the fourth Wednesdays of the month! 

Call (626)-355-5278 for more information.

Art with Kt - Wednesday, May 15th 1:00 - 2:00p.m.Watercolor florals, realistic and abstract techniques will be 
demonstrated. Reserve your spot today by calling 626-355-5278 x 704.

COMING SOON—TBD Grandparent to Grandparents: Please join a group of grandparents for an 
afternoon of learning, sharing and building community led by Community Services Commissioner Rowinsky. 
Call 355-5278 for information.

ART WITH KT - Wednesday, June 12th 12:30 - 1:30p.m.

Join us for a participant favorite, glass etching! Using acid you will etch you will etch an image that you 
create into either a purple or pink bud vase. Reserve your spot today by calling 626-355-5278 x 704.


Wednesday, June 26 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Hearing loss affects 1 in 3 people over the age of 60. hearing problems can greatly affect people’s enjoyment 
of life and their ability to communicate with friends and family. Connect Hearing is proud to 
partner with local organizations for our Community Screening Program, to provide better hearing care 
for everyone in the community.

We provide FREE, quick and convenient hearing screenings on-site. Its quick, easy & convenient! Our 
trained hearing care professional will be on hand to explain the results and answer any questions.

Please call 355-5278 to reserve your spot.


Dear Savvy Senior:

I need to locate a good in-home caregiver for my 
83-year-old mother. What’s the best way to find and 
hire one? Looking for Care

Dear Looking:

Finding a good in-home caregiver for an elderly parent can be challenging. How can you find one 
that’s reliable and trustworthy, as well as someone your parent likes and is comfortable with? Here 
are some tips that can help.

Know Your Needs

Before you start the task of looking for an in-home caregiver, your first step is to determine the 
level of care your mom needs. This can pinpoint the type of help she’ll need. For example, if she 
only needs help with daily living tasks like shopping, cooking, doing laundry, bathing or dressing, 
a “homemaker” or “personal care aide” will do. 

But, if she needs health care services, there are “home health aides” that may do all the things a 
homemaker does, plus they also have training in administering medications, changing wound dressings 
and other medically related duties. Home health aides often work under a nurse’s supervision.

Once you settle on a level of care, you then need to decide how many hours of assistance she’ll need. 
For example, does your mom need someone to come in just a few mornings a week to help her 
cook, clean, run errands or perhaps bathe? Or does she need more continuous care that requires 
daily visits or a full-time aide? 

After you determine her needs, there are two ways in which you can go about hiring someone. 
Either through an agency, or you can hire someone directly on your own. 

Hiring Through an Agency

Hiring a personal care or home health aide through an agency is the safest and easiest option, but 
it’s more expensive. Costs typically run anywhere between $14 and $25 an hour depending on 
where you live and the qualification of the aide. 

How it works is you pay the agency, and they handle everything including an assessment of your 
mom’s needs, assigning appropriately trained and pre-screened staff to care for her, and finding a 
fill-in on days her aide cannot come. 

Some of the drawbacks, however, are that you may not have much input into the selection of the 
caregiver, and the caregivers may change or alternate, which can cause a disruption.

To find a home-care agency in your mom’s area ask for referrals through friends, family or doctor’s 
offices, or use the home-care locator service tool at – click on “Find 
Quality, Affordable Care.” In addition, Medicare offers a home health compare tool at Medicare.
gov/HomeHealthCompare to help you find and compare home health care agencies. 

You also need to be aware that original Medicare does not cover in-home caregiving services unless 
your mom is receiving doctor’s ordered skilled nursing or therapy services at home too. But, if your 
mom is in a certain Medicare Advantage plan, or is low-income and qualifies for Medicaid, she may 
be eligible for some coverage. 

Hiring Directly 

Hiring an independent caregiver on your own is the other option, and it’s less expensive. Costs typically 
range between $12 and $20 per hour. Hiring directly also gives you more control over who you 
hire so you can choose someone who you feel is right for your mom. 


But, be aware that if you do hire someone on your own, you become the employer so there’s no 
agency support to fall back on if a problem occurs or if the aide doesn’t show up. You’re also responsible 
for paying payroll taxes and any worker-related injuries that may happen. If you choose this 
option make sure you check the aide’s references thoroughly, and do a criminal background check, 
which you can do sites like

To find someone, ask for referrals or try eldercare-matching services like or CareLinx.
com. Or, for a fee, an aging life care expert (see can help you find someone.

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.


 July Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach) 

 August Boat Tour (Lake Arrowhead) 

 September LA County Fair 

 October Nethercutt Collection (Sylmar) 

 November Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary 

 December LA Zoo Light Show

Senior Cinema - 1st & 3rd Wednesday Beginning at 1:00 p.m.

June 5th “Black Panther” PG-13 2 hr. 14 min.

Prince T’Challa returns home to the reclusive, technology advanced African nation of Wakanda to 
serve as his country's new king. However, T’Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from 
factions within his own country. When two foes try to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as “Black 
Panther” must team up with C.I.A. Agent Everett K. Ross and members of Dora Milaje, Wakandan 
special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a World War.

June 19th “Oceans Eight” PG-13 1 hr 50 min.

Danny Ocean’s younger sister Debbie attempts to pull of the heist of the century at New York City’s 
star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first step is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou, Rose, Daphne Kluger, 
Nine Ball, Tammy, Amita and Constance.

Grandparenting can be one of the greatest experiences of life, but it’s not without its 

Join us on Thursday June 27 at 1:00 PM in the Hart Park House Senior Center as we share 
the joys, challenges and discuss the responsibilities of helping to raise the next generation. 

Facilitated by Karen Rowinsky, clinical social worker and psychotherapist.

Discussion topics will include:

• Communicating between generations

• Dealing with personality differences

• Setting boundaries and managing conflicts

Questions? Contact Clarissa Lowe, 626-355-5278 ext 703 or Lawren Heinz at ext 704

Hart Park House Senior Center, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA

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