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James Gonsalves CASA UNIVERSITY (L) HELPS RESIDENTS LEARN NEW THINGS WHILE SPELLING BEE CALLS ON RETAINED KNOWLEDGE.
STAND ABOVETHE CLOUDS : YOUNG BRAINPOWER TO STAY “Amy, your word is pres0ge.” “P-‐R-‐E-‐S-‐T-‐I-‐G-‐E, Pres0ge.” That’s the sound of success at Casa Sandoval’s twice weekly Spelling Bee. Each Tuesday and Thursday, James Gonsalves donates his 0me on this popular
ac0vity. Brainpower and the constant use of it is important at Casa. We design our monthly ac0vi0es so that Casa residents will u0lize their gray maKer on a regular basis. Spelling Bee is one of three very popular ac0vi0es
organized by James. He also devotes his talent to Trivia and, on occasion, Math problem solving. Among the other brainpower ac0vi0es is mandala, which helps develop concentra0on -‐ (Pg. 4)
Hi Casa Family! Wow, what a July we had at Casa Sandoval! The 4th of July celebration was extremely popular and you’ll see many images from that week’s action in this issue. I hope all of you had a good time participating in our fun and creative activities. By now you’ve probably all seen the new hallway decorations for Casa Sandoval’s Around the World in 60 Days. This one’s going to be amazing! On our walls and throughout the building, we’ll be showcasing many countries during the next few weeks. The ‘tour’ list includes displays for the U.S., Greece, Turkey, Italy, Mexico, Australia, England, Russia, Japan, France, and the continent of Africa. You’ll see scaled down versions of famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Taj Mahal, Victoria Falls, the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and much, much more. It’ll be like seeing the real thing in miniature! This world tour is a compilation of the many special events we’ve hosted at Casa and will feature photos of all the residents, staff, and guests who took part in the fun. It’s a chance to share the memories that make Casa Living so special. We are also making sure that we continue to upgrade the quality of activities offered to our residents. You’ll see a new batch of fun and educational activities in our new calendar. As always, please feel free to suggest something new and interesting. Summer is a time for fun and excitement and this is a chance to welcome four new Casa residents: Jack Smith, Martin Santana, and Irma and Tom Lanhart. I look forward to seeing your smiles each day and pray blessings for you and your families.
Happy Birthday! Edna Zocchi Jean Rolf Janet Golonka Virginia Gonsalves Gene Silveria Leonard Bailey Chris Delp Ben Corioni Manuel Pontes Mary Ellen Brown Thelma Morgan Paulina Janas Gloria Surosky
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Casa Contacts Ann Villapando Corporate Executive Director Tess Barreto Chief Financial Officer Rick Chavez Communications Director Claude Troska Executive Chef Lilia Seno Admissions Counselor Alondra Briseno Front Desk/Activities Manager Patricia Silva Facilities Manager Olivia Rodriguez Dining Room Manager 510-727-1700 www.casasandoval.com Copyright 2013 RCFE #015600073
I love you all!
RESOLUTION By Shoshi
Wisdom comes in odd shapes and sizes: in a realization of a common destiny with our neighbors. It’s an inkling that we really don’t have much to complain about. A sense of power in the conquering of little things; a sense of chutzpah in the right to laugh at outrageous things while keeping respect for the private things that others use as swear words.
We have not too long to go; one can tell that being a part of a dwindling group of seniors. Yet this is a day for resolution – to smile cheerfully, to work hard at being strong, and to share our brave tears with all who would call themselves friends.
W I L L IE L O UIE WILLIE LOUIE DESERVES AN EXTRA SPECIAL MEASURE OF THANKS. AS A PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT, WILLIE WAS ONE OF OUR BEST SOLDIERS IN WWII. WILLIE STAYS IN SHAPE BY HITTING THE TREADMILL DAILY AND LOOKS AS VIBRANT AS HE DID WHEN HE WORE THE UNIFORM.
ROSE SOUSA IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A SMILE AND A GOOD HEART, LOOK FOR ROSE. THIS 4YEAR CASA RESIDENT IS A FIXTURE AT CASA NEWS, CASA UNIVERSITY, AND AT ALL OF OUR PATIO EVENTS. ROSE AND OLE WERE MARRIED FOR 65 YEARS AND RAISED A BEAUTIFUL AND SUCCESSFUL FAMILY.
H ARL AN SM I TH HARLAN IS AN OL’ HAND WHO WORKED MORE THAN 40 YEARS FOR LOARD’S ICE CREAM. HE’S ORIGINALLY FROM KANSAS, WHERE HE RODE HORSES ON THE FAMILY RANCH. HE STILL LOOKS LIKE HE COULD RUSTLE UP A HERD OR TWO AND MOVE THEM ALONG ON THE CHISHOLM TRAIL.
BRAINP OWE R
Brainpower to Stay Young (cont.) Tips for Improving Memory
K-C ASA NEWS
TESLA M ODEL S C ASA UNIVERSITY
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(From Pg. 1) while leaving room for crea0vity. Three of our other popular ac0vi0es are CASA News, Casa University and Champion for Seniors. (See page 6) Each day, Rick Chavez delivers a 15-‐minute newscast, packaging current stories and events with relevant commentary and extrac0ng life experiences from the residents. Casa University is in session each Wednesday morning and features a short backgrounder followed by a special topical video. All of the videos are broadcast quality and can range in subject material from science to history to medicine to sports and everything inbetween. A more casual version of Casa U. is conducted on Friday mornings. Rick typically shows presenta0ons that relate to nature, food, travel, or music. The main goal for all of us is for Casa residents to use their brilliant and incredible minds and keep them ac0ve and produc0ve for as many years as possible.
Memory can be affected by many factors. These include lack of use, high stress, lack of rest, poor nutrition, poor health, and lack of exercise. Our memory tends to decline as we age. However, a healthy older adult should be able to recall quite well, particularly when given cues and prompts. Here are some strategies to help you keep your memory sharp! 1. Practice! Learning games and memory exercises keep your brain active. 2. Identify! Recognize what types of information and situations you tend to be forgetful about. 3. Sleep! Get lots of rest. A tired brain will not process as efficiently as a wellrested brain. 4. Eat a good well-balanced diet. 5. Rehearse. Information that you need to remember will be recalled better if you repeat the information to yourself. 6. Use memory aids such as lists or notes with daily activities. 7. Routine. Develop routines and fixed areas for placement of items such as car keys. 8. Exercise. A regular routine increases blood and oxygen flow and increases learning and memory ability. 4
Casa Sandoval will soon begin training our residents in the use of the iPad, crea0ng new learning opportuni0es and opening doors of communica0on that had previously been shut. According to a study by eMarketer, iPad use among seniors grew 190% during 2011. It could be quite surprising at the advantages the iPad oﬀers to senior ci0zens with diminishing senses or reduced mobility. It’s also user friendly for those whose hands, wrists, and ﬁngers are hampered by arthri0s. As eyesight fades and it becomes harder to see the printed page, tablets oﬀer the ability to expand the type to a readable size. If the senior is comfortable online, it’s possible for them to read email from family members who want to stay in touch. Friends and family can upload large photo albums that can be easily viewed by the senior.
Here’s a look at some popular free iPad apps for seniors:
Postcards: Designed for seniors, this simple apple allows your older loved one to easily view family photos.
Skype: Face-‐to-‐face video conferencing. Seniors can chat with loved ones anywhere in the world.
ITunes U: Makes courses by a wide variety of educa0onal ins0tu0ons easily accessible.
Lumosity: Play popular brain games designed to help people exercise their mind and stay sharp.
TED Talks: Watch free lectures and talks by scien0sts and thinkers of the 21st century.
Virtuoso Piano 3: Play piano and other instruments with the touchscreen.
WeatherBug: Get forecasts, view the local radar, and get alerts from the Na0onal Weather Service.
iBooks: Turns an iPad into an eBook reader.
NPR: Public radio fans are sure to enjoy news and programming.
Goodreads: Users can read and write reviews, keep a log of books read, and receive book recommenda0ons.
WebMD: Health informa0on and medical news.
Dragon DictaKon: Text recogni0on app designed to help seniors dictate emails and other messages.
Words Have Meaning
Champion for Seniors Gulf War veteran John Forrett outlined new and updated VA benefits for our residents who also served. The Champion for Seniors event opened the eyes of many who had been leaving benefits on the table. Among the most commonly overlooked benefits are the Surviving Spouse and the Aid & Attendance pensions. Please inquire soon; you may be eligible for assistance. Rick Chavez will help keep Casa veterans informed; he has all the forms you’ll need plus a direct line to John Forrett who can answer all questions you have about the VA.
Congestive Heart Failure Thursday, August 15, 2013 6:00 PM Casa Auditorium What is CHF? What are the Symptoms? How do I test for CHF? How to Manage CHF
Presented by: LifeGuard Home Health
My six-year old granddaughter draped a soft beaded bracelet on her hair and said, “Isn’t this awesome?” I don’t think that was in my vocabulary when I was six years old. Back then ‘awful’ meant very bad. At six I would have said, “Isn’t this pretty?” My mom would’ve said, “That looks classy.” My aunt may have said, “How stylish!” A teenager in the 1940s would say, “That’s sharp!” Words are used to express information, ideas, and feelings. Each generation has its slang words and older generations shudder as they hear the words as distasteful, unnecessary, or annoying. I’m having trouble with young people adding “like” to their sentences. “I was going to the store, it was like three o’clock.” I think of the song from the musical, “My Fair Lady” titled “Why Can’t the English Teach Their Children to Speak?” The choice of words often reveals something about someone’s personality or their education. Sometimes words come tumbling out without thought. My mom warned, “Words spoken cannot be taken back.” Thus, the saying, “think before you speak.” Books are not written with slang words, lest they not be understood 40 years down the line. Over the years, the meaning of words may change. My grandparents would not have understood why my grandson wants to look ‘cool’ rather than ‘handsome’. And many of us may never learn to say, “It’s awesome!” Jean Rolf 6
PAT R I O T I C C O O K I ES During our 4th of July week celebration, the Casa Sandoval residents each had a chance to decorate homemade sugar cookies using stars, stripes, and a variety of sprinkles for the birthday of the U.S.A.
Marilyn Silveria: Seamstress Extraordinaire If you happen to wander down the hallway on the 2nd floor, don’t be surprised if you hear the hum of a sewing machine, stitching out a new dress pattern. Apartment 203 is where Marilyn Silveria stays hard at work, sewing her own clothes and those of her husband Gene. She’s an expert of the first order, having done this ever since she learned the craft at age 12.
The fall season is coming up soon and that’s a time when many of us dig out the cooler weather clothing. No surprise, we often find that our garments need repair before they can be worn again. No problem; “Seamstress Extraordinaire” is coming to the rescue. Marilyn would like to let her fellow Casa residents know that she’s available for any sewing chores that need to be done. Fixing or finishing men’s and women’s clothing is a cinch for her but she’s also got a treasure chest of patterns in her bottom drawer and would be happy to make something new for a special occasion. Knowing that most residents are on a fixed income, she has made her costs as flexible as possible, based on a person’s need and ability to pay. In other words, don’t be shy about asking her to stitch up that loose hem, even if you’re struggling to stretch your paycheck. If you look closely at the picture below, you’ll not only see a dapper looking Gene Silveria but you’ll also see that his shirt pocket was created with extra material from the tail of his shirt! Thanks to Marilyn, he now has a custom made, one-of-a-kind shirt that makes a dashing man even more so. Take time today to make friends with Gene and Marilyn and don’t hesitate to take full advantage of her incredible and much needed seamstress skills.You can contact her at Apartment 203 if you ever need to take Marilyn up on her generous offer.
The spools of thread on the wall are a dead giveaway to anyone who wanders into the Silveria’s home. This is not an amateur operation; Marilyn has all the tools to make just about anything that can be worn. As a matter of fact, she handcrafted her own wedding dress and was every bit the beautiful bride as she strolled down the aisle with Gene. This is a couple who raised nine sons and daughters, all of whom are doing very well in their own careers. Gene and Marilyn also have a living room photo display that features the kids plus their 15 grandchildren. They’ve raised their family through lean and plentiful times alike. As with most people from their generation, Gene and Marilyn got used to working hard and keeping a good sense of humor. Even into their 80‘s, Gene’s booming radio voice is powerful enough to be heard all ‘round Casa and Marilyn’s easy spirit continues to set others at ease. Like any great couple, they are each other’s greatest supporters. 8
UNCL E SAM HATS THE CASA SANDOVAL TEAM TOOK IT UP A NOTCH AS THEY BUILT THEIR OWN UNCLE SAM HATS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION. LOTS OF CREATIVITY!
4TH O F J ULY B - B - Q Mr. Chang and his singers helped bring a successful 4th of July celebration to a close with patriotic songs and a delicious b-b-q. The Casa Sandoval residents proudly showed off their Uncle Sam hats.