Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 14, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 14, 2019 


HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …. September Birthdays

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

 * 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 

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. Will Resume in September 2019

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, August 14th 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.

August Craft with Lawren—August 19th 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Come on into the Hart Park House Senior Center and create one of a kind tea cup bird feeders. Paint a design of your 
desire or use one of several stencils that will be available for use. Then we will glue the two sections together and attach a 
chain or twin to hang from your favorite tree or display at your favorite outdoor seating area. 

8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Senior Cinema - 1st & 3rd Wednesday Beginning at 1:00 p.m. 


Los Angeles County Fair (Pomona) September 18, 2019 $10.00 

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Maximum 47 Participants 

• Level of Walking: High 

• Participants should bring money for lunch and souvenirs (optional)… 

• Must be 60 years or older • Must present I.D. at the gate. 

The Los Angeles County Fair is an annual event, one of the largest county fairs in all the U.S. Fair 
attendance has topped one million people every year with the exception of 1948. It is the 4th largest 
in the country serving as the premiere destination for visitors to engage in all kinds of activities 
including rides, animal shows, sumptuous food, music, concerts, and much more. 

***Resident and non-resident registration Now Open *** 

Last day to register is Monday, September 16, 2019.


Dear Savvy Senior:

What can you tell me about geriatrics doctors? My 
father, who’s 82, takes eight different prescription 
drugs for different health issues but hasn’t been feeling 
himself lately. I’m wondering if he would benefit by seeing a geriatrician in place of his regular 
primary care physician. Concerned Daughter

Dear Concerned:

If your dad is dealing with a variety of health problems and is taking multiple medications, a visit 
to a geriatrician may be just the antidote to help get him back on track. Here’s a rundown of the 
different types of health conditions geriatricians treat and some tips to help you locate one in his 

Geriatrics Doctors

For starters, it’s important to know that geriatricians are family practice or internal medicine 
physicians that have had additional specialized training to manage the unique and, oftentimes 
multiple health concerns of older adults. Just as a pediatrician specializes in caring for children, a 
geriatrician is trained to provide care for seniors, usually over age 75.

While most doctors, and even general practitioners, are trained to focus on a person’s particular 
illness or disease, geriatricians are trained to look at all aspects that can affect elderly patients – not 
just the physical symptoms. They also often work with a team of other health care professionals 
like geriatric-trained nurses, rehabilitation therapists, nutritionists, social workers and psychiatrists 
to provide care. And, they will coordinate treatments among a patient’s specialists.

Patients who can benefit from seeing a geriatrician are elderly seniors with multiple health and 
age-related problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, confusion and memory problems, 
Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, hypertension, depression, respiratory problems, osteoporosis, 
arthritis, chronic pain, mobility issues, incontinence, vision and hearing impairment, 
and trouble with balance and falls.

Geriatricians are also particularly adept at tackling medication problems. Because many seniors, 
like your dad, take multiple medications at the same time for various health conditions, and because 
aging bodies often absorb and metabolize drugs differently than younger adults, unique side 
effects and drug interactions are not uncommon. A geriatrician will evaluate and monitor you 
dad’s medications to be sure they are not affecting him in a harmful way.

Geriatricians can also help their patients and families determine their long-term care needs, like 
how long they can remain in their own homes safely without assistance, and what type of services 
may be necessary when they do need some extra help.

But not all seniors need to see a geriatrician. Seniors who have fewer health problems are just fine 
seeing their primary care physician.

Find a Geriatrician

Unfortunately, there’s a shortage of geriatricians in the U.S., so depending on where you live, finding 
one may be challenging.

To locate one in your area, use Medicare’s online physician search tool. Just go to
physiciancompare and type in your ZIP code, or city and state in the Enter your location box, and 
then type in geriatric medicine in the Search box. Or, you can also get this information by calling 
Medicare at 800-633-4227. The American Geriatrics Society also has a geriatrician-finder tool on 
their website at

Keep in mind, though, that locating a geriatrician doesn’t guarantee your dad will be accepted as 
a patient. Many doctors already have a full patient roster and don’t accept any new patients. You’ll 
need to call the individual doctor’s office to find out. 

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.

SENIOR CINEMA - 1st & 3rd Wednesday 1:00 pm

September 4th “Men In Black, International ” PG-13; 1 hr. 54 min.

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In 
this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black 

September 18th “Breakthrough” PG; 1 hr. 57 min.

After a 14-year-old falls into a frozen Missouri Lake, his adoptive parents 
refuse to give up hope on their son, lying unconscious in a hospital bed. The 
boy’s mother prays intensely and inspires others to pray for him too, as she asks God for a 
miracle in this true story.


The Home Delivered Meals Program provides healthy meals to homebound Seniors 60 and above. Seven 
frozen meals, milk, bread and fruit are included and delivered once a week. $3 Donation per meal is 
suggested but remains completely anonymous and voluntary. Clients must be eligible and we invite you 
to contact YWCA Intervale Senior Services at 626-214-9467. SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT 


A Weekly Religion Column by Rev. James Snyder


It’s not often that a day goes my 
way. Occasionally, I have a day that 
focuses on my desires and me.

It was a Monday evening right after 
supper and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage 
and I were watching TV.

“Oh,” my wife said, “by the way, the girls and I are 
going to go thrift store shopping all day tomor-row.”

At first, I was a little stunned. I wasn’t quite sure why 
she was telling me this. It’s not like she needs my 
permission to go thrift store shopping as long as she 
doesn’t take my truck. But, being the veter-an husband 
I am, I did not ask any questions.

I have found that after a long marriage as I have had, 
that when you ask a question you will get an answer. 
Most of the time, the answer is not what you really 
want to hear. So, I keep my questions to the very 
minimum to say the least. And usually, I do say the 

The next morning as we were finishing breakfast my 
wife said, “The girls and I will be going thrift store 
shopping today and therefore you are on your own.”

That kind of news is the kind of news that I want 
to hear. I will be on my own? What better day can 
you have?

“You will have to get your own lunch,” she said. 
“The girls and I will have lunch together.”

I almost said, but I didn’t, “What did you say?” But I 
knew if I did I would get an expansive answer which 
would take time and I did not want to waste any 

Trying to hold back a smile I said, “That’s all right. 
I’m sure I can take care of my lunch.”

With that, she joined the girls and they went off on 
their thrift store shopping spree.

I had to sit down a little bit and try to catch my 
breath. Here I was, with the whole day before me to 
do as I please. Believe me, those days do not come 
often enough, at least for me.

As excited as I was about the day, I had to sit back 
and prepare my own To-Do-List. I got that from my 
wife. I wanted to put down everything that I could 
do today.

After finishing my list, I looked it over and then a 
thought captured my imagination.

What about eating? Did my wife say that I had to 
take care of my own lunch? Yes, she did! So now, my 
focus was on what should I eat today?

Believe me when I say I was going to take this very 
seriously. I could choose whatever I wanted to eat. 
Of course, at the top of the list was my favorite, 
Apple Fritters. As far as I’m concerned, I can’t have 
enough of this “fruit.”

Without wasting any more time, I got to the neighborhood 
Publix to do some shopping. I was going 
to buy everything that I liked and nobody was going 
to stop me.

There was one major item missing in my shopping 
cart. That nasty word starting with the letter V. My 
whole day was going to be spent without eating any 
vegetables whatsoever. I was so excited.

Looking at the cart as I went through the cashier 
made me hungrier than I’ve ever been before.

On the way home, and this was before lunch, I 
stopped at McDonald’s and bought a hot fudge 
sundae. All this shopping made me hungry, so I 
thought it would make me happy. And boy, did that 
sundae make me happy.

All the way home I was singing, “I did it my way.” I 
was gloriously out of tune, but it certainly made me 
happy to sing it.

I got home and started my belly-binge day. I didn’t 
even go to the office, I spent all my time munching 
on this delicacy and crunching on that delicacy and 
just enjoying myself.

Then a thought hit me. If I want to stay out of trouble, 
and I do, I better make sure I eat all these recently 
purchased groceries. If my wife finds out, I 
may be in trouble.

That was the excuse I used to completely demolish 
all the food I had just purchased.

As I was crunching the last bite of my belly-binge 
delicacies, I begin to realize that I was stuffed. I’ve 
never eaten so much in my life. I cleaned up the table 
and the kitchen and threw away all the evidence 
and slowly walked to my chair to rest.

Sitting in the chair, I began to realize how stuffed I 
really was. I leaned back, however, smiled as wide as 
I could smile and congratulated myself for taking so 
good care of myself.

I must have dozed for a moment because the next 
thing I knew my wife came into the house, the thrift 
store shopping day was over.

“I didn’t know if you had enough to eat today,” she 
said with a big smile on her face, “so I brought you 
a sub for supper.” 

I thought of a Scripture, “Go thy way, eat thy bread 
with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for 
God now accepteth thy works” (Ecclesiastes 9:7).

Nothing nourishes me more than serving God. 
When serving God he will take care of all my 

Dr. James L. Snyder, pastor of the Family of God 
FellowshipParsonage in Ocala, FL. 

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