Around the Garden June 2015 Issue 76 June Mother’s Day Dinner INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Page 1 Mother’s Day Dinner Page 2-3 Garden News & Views Nurse’s Notes Special Events Page 4-5 Outings & Upcoming Outings Nikkei Village Moments Page 6-7 Calendar of Activities Page 8-9 Volunteers & Donations Announcements Page 10 NSG Team News Who Am I? Contest Page 11 Word Search Puzzle Garden Giggles Super food of the Month Page 12 Japanese Trivia Quote of the Month “If the world's a veil of tears, Smile till rainbows span it.” ~Lucy Larcom Nikkei Senior Gardens enjoyed a day of celebration, honoring all the mother’s in the community, with a special Mother’s Day Dinner. The evening was filled with good eats, good company, and lots of love. Chef Carlos and the dining services team constructed a beautiful buffet spread for the guests to enjoy. The dinner consisted of assorted sashimi, roast beef, teriyaki salmon, seasonal vegetables, and roasted baby potatoes. To end the evening, a dessert plate was served to all guests with a red velvet cupcake and a manju. As a mother’s day treat, all of the lovely ladies in attendance were presented with a red rose. Nikkei Senior Gardens is happy that we could host this event dedicated to honoring Mother’s, but it would not have been a success without all those in attendance. Thank you to all of our guests, who were able to join us for a delicious dinner and we hope you had a delightful time with your loved ones. Pictured above: Grace M. and loved one. Left: Mari W. and family. Center: Suwako and dining services team serving dinner. Right: Margaret T. and family. The Nikkei Senior Gardens family would love for you to share your life story. For More information, please contact Desiree Kitagawa, Director of Life Enrichment at (818) 899-1000 or [email protected] Garden News ...and Views Page 2 Nikkei Senior Gardens Celebrated May Birthdays Nurse’s Notes By Kelly Garfalo, LVN Sue L. Sats Y. Sachiko S. Ted F. Ken Y. Sue O. Saburo O. June Birthdays Surprising Cause of Depression in Older Adults One of the most important factors in treating depression in older adults is socialization. The main thing you can do to treat or prevent depression in a loved one is to help them re-engage with their community, family and social network. This could be as simple as helping them get back to church or see their friends, as isolation and depression go hand in hand. The problem that often occurs and the reason why many seniors withdraw and begin to show signs of depression can be directly related to a fear of falling. The fear of injuring themselves while outside of the home can hold them back from socializing and staying active, no matter how much they are encouraged. Being stuck alone, inside the house can cause an older adult to develop depressed feelings and further remove themselves from the outside world. Since falling and depression may not seem directly linked, it goes unrecognized by many. However, with simple fall prevention education, one can put their loved one's mind at ease and allow them to continue their lives, preventing the onset of depression. Below are a few ways that caregivers can implement a fall prevention program for their loved one: 1– Yuki H. 15– Linda T. 18—Lois Y. Our Newest Residents! Help us welcome our newest residents to the community! Betty W. George Emiko N. Linda T. & Taye T. (Picture unavailable) Join us on Saturday, June 27, 2015 for our New Resident Welcome Party! Determine if your loved one is a fall risk by asking about their history with falling. Conduct a home safety assessment. Identify areas where modifications can be made to help reduce falls, such as installation of grab bars in the bathroom and removal of obstacles in the home that can create hazards. Create an open dialogue between you and your loved one, and allow them to confide in you regarding their fears. Provide them with ways to combat their fear of falling, such as test walks to desired destinations, and encouraging them to exercise in order to strengthen their legs and increase their endurance. Currently at Nikkei Senior Gardens we offer fall prevention assistance that include: Fall prevention and safety assessments. Exercise programs including Tai Chi Classes. Research has shown that performing Tai Chi, a slow and gentle form of exercise, can greatly improve strength, endurance and balance without worsening existing impairments. A review of Vitamin D levels as many older adults that are deficient in Vitamin D can suffer from muscle weakness and pain. Proper Vitamin D levels improve strength and helps with balance. Through pro-active measures, we can significantly increase the quality of life for the aging adults in our communities. Special Events Issue 76 Page 3 Super Senior Luncheon at Crossway Church Dr. Bob, Tami, Anne, and Sue L. Janet, Atsie and Ted On May 2, 2015, residents attended the Super Senior Luncheon at Crossway Church, just down the street from Nikkei Senior Gardens. Every year, the Luncheon has a special theme, this year, the theme was Japan. Guests were encouraged to wear Hapi coats and kimonos, and other Japanese accessories, while they enjoyed their bento box lunches. Along with good food and good company, came fun games and more. From Japanese dancing to singing old Japanese classic songs, everyone had a great time! Thank you Crossway Church for hosting such a wonderful event! Mary F., Ted F., & Chiye Sue M. and friend Tai Chi with Carrie Wong Residents and team members participating in Carrie’s Tai Chi class. Tai chi helps strengthen muscles and improves balance. Join us every Wednesday at 9:15am in the Dining room. Pictured left, Satoko at Watercolor class, holding her recently completed piece of artwork. Pictured right, residents made flower pens at Arts & Crafts with Takako. Upcoming Outings Page 4 Nikkei Senior Gardens George C. Page Museum La Brea Discoveries In May, residents enjoyed a trip to the Page Museum La Brea Discoveries, otherwise known as the La Brea Tar pits in Los Angeles, CA. For over a century Ice Age fossils have been excavated from the tar pits and over 1 million are on display in the museum Pictured right, Mark, Sats, George, Dr. Bob, Tomiye, Matsuko, and Sue N., posed with a mammoth. Upcoming Outings Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 1:00pm Northridge Mall, Northridge, CA Friday, June 5, 2015 at 1:30pm Trader Joe’s, Chatsworth, CA June 10th & 12th, 2015 at 1:30pm Walmart, Porter Ranch, CA Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 1:00pm Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA Friday, June 19, 2015 at 1:30pm 99 cents store, Sun Valley, CA Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 1:00pm Marukai, Gardena, CA Friday, June 26, 2015 at 1:00pm Nijiya (Japanese Village), Los Angeles, CA Japanese Garden at Descanso Gardens La Cañada Flintridge, CA Due to cold weather we cancelled our trip last month to the Descanso Gardens. The trip has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 17th at 1:00pm, please R.S.V.P. on the sign-up sheet posted on the announcement bulletin board (located near the dining room) the week of the outing. NSG Special Rate: $4 Nikkei Village Moments Page 5 Issue 76 Happy Birthday Sue! O W N I E T * H O N Nikkei Village celebrated Sue’s birthday with a party. Surrounded by her friends, Sue opened her birthday present and enjoyed birthday cake! 1-on-1 with Salve, Yaeko (above) and Sadie (below) spent time doing leg exercise. * S * A O L N V E E Arts & Crafts Parachute Fun Sets, Salve, Fumiko, & Hisaye. Pictured above: Fred, Yaeko, Hisaye coloring. Pictured below: Tosh and Fumiko Teruko, Aiko, Yoshiko, Marie, Sets, & Fumiko. June 2 Sun Mon 1 Daily Movie Monday—Saturday 1:30 & 6:30pm Sunday Doctor Day 8:45 9:00 9:30 10:30 8:45 9:30 10:30 10:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 3:00 6:30 8 Morning Walk—D Exercise w/ Yukie—D Crochet—D Nikkei Residents Fellowship Service—S 2:15 Bingo—D 3:30 Cards—D 6:30 Movie—T 9 Podiatrist Day Doctor Day 8:45 9:30 10:30 1:00 8:45 9:00 9:30 10:30 14 15 Doctor Day 8:45 9:30 10:30 1:00 8:45 9:00 9:30 10:30 Morning Walk—D Exercise w/ Yukie—D Crochet—D Nikkei Residents Fellowship Service—S 2:15 Bingo—D 3:30 Cards—D 6:30 Movie—T 21 Father’s Day FIRST DAY OF SUMMER 8:45 9:30 10:30 12:00 1:00 Morning Walk—D Exercise w/ Yukie—D Crochet—D Father’s Day Luncheon– D Nikkei Residents Fellowship Service—S 2:15 Bingo—D 3:30 Cards—D 6:30 Movie—T 28 8:45 9:30 10:30 1:00 Morning Walk—D Exercise w/ Yukie—D Crochet—D Nikkei Residents Fellowship Service—S 2:15 Bingo—D 3:30 Cards—D 6:30 Movie—T Morning Walk—D Men’s Coffee Hour—S Exercise: Chair Yoga—D Arts & Crafts—D “Garden Golf Ball Lady bug” 2:00 Singing—D 6:30 Movie—T 11:30 1:30 2:00 6:30 Morning Walk—D Men’s Coffee Hour—S Exercise: Chair Yoga—D Arts & Crafts—D “Design-a-Backscratcher” Lunch at Wood Ranch—$ Movie—T Singing—D Movie—T Wed 2 Doctor Day Morning Walk—D Men’s Coffee Hour—F Exercise: Chair Yoga—D Arts & Crafts—D “Paper Purse craft” 1:30 Outing to Public Library 2:00 Singing—D 6:30 Movie—T 6:30pm Only 7 Tue 8:45 9:30 10:30 10:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 3:00 6:30 3 Morning Walk—D Exercise—D Cooking Class w/ Hitomi—F Bingo—D Mahjong—G Movie—T Bon Dance—D Wii Tennis & Bowling—D Movie—T 10 Morning Walk—D Exercise—D Cooking Class w/ Hitomi—F Bingo—D Mahjong—G Movie—T Bon Dance—D Wii Tennis & Bowling—D Movie—T 16 Doctor Day 8:45 9:30 10:30 10:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 3:00 6:30 23 Doctor Day 8:45 Morning Walk—D 9:00 Men’s Coffee Hour—S 9:30 Exercise: Chair Yoga—D 10:30 Arts & Crafts—D “Cupcake liner Butterfly Clip” 1:30 Movie—T 2:00 Singing—D 6:30 Movie—T 8:45 9:30 10:30 10:30 1:00 1:30 1:30 2:00 3:00 6:30 29 Doctor Day 30 Doctor Day 8:45 Morning Walk—D 9:00 Men’s Coffee Hour—S 9:30 Exercise: Chair Yoga—D 10:30 Arts & Crafts—D “Satoko’s Japanese Doll Card” 1:30 Movie—T 2:00 Singing—D 6:30 Movie—T 8:45 9:30 10:30 10:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 3:00 3:30 6:30 9:15 Taichi w/Carr 10:30 Nickel Bingo 1:30 Outing to Wal 1:30 Movie—T 2:30 Shave Ice So 6:30 Movie—T 17 Morning Walk—D Exercise—D Cooking Class w/ Hitomi—F Bingo—D Mahjong—G Movie—T Bon Dance—D Wii Tennis & Bowling—D Movie—T 22 Doctor Day 9:15 Taichi w/Car 10:30 Nickel Bingo 1:30 Outing to Nort 1:30 Movie—T 2:30 Shave Ice So 6:30 Movie—T 9:15 Taichi w/Car 10:30 Nickel Bingo 1:00 Outing to Descanso 1:30 Movie—T 2:30 Shave Ice So 6:30 Movie—T 24 Morning Walk—D Exercise—D Cooking Class w/ Hitomi—F Bingo—D Resident Council Meeting-D Mahjong—G Movie—T Bon Dance—D Wii Tennis & Bowling— D Movie—T 9:15 Taichi w/Carr 10:30 Nickel Bingo 1:00 Outing to Marukai (G 1:00 A Visit with N College Stud 1:30 Movie—T 6:30 Movie—T Morning Walk—D Exercise—D Cooking Class w/ Hitomi—F Bingo—D Mahjong—G Movie—T Bon Dance—D Wii Tennis— D Wii Bowling—D Movie—T **ALL CALENDAR EVENTS AR 2015 d rrie Wong—D o—D thridge Mall ocial rie Wong—D —D lmart Thu 4 Doctor Day 8:45 Morning Walk—D 9:30 Exercise with Takako—D 8:30-10:00 Wellness Checks—CR 10:30 Ladies Meeting—S 1:00 Mah Jong—G 1:30 Movie—T 2:00 Dominoes: Chicken Foot—D 3:00 Uno—S 6:30 Movie—T 11 8:45 9:30 10:30 1:00 1:00 ocial rrie Wong—D o—D o Gardens—$ ocial rie Wong - D —D Gardena) Naniwa Dental dents—D 1:30 1:30 3:00 6:30 18 Doctor Day Morning Walk—D Exercise with Takako—D Japanese Calligraphy—D Mah Jong—G Shamisen Dokkoi Performance- D Movie—T Karaoke—D Hanafuda—D Movie—T Doctor Day 8:45 Morning Walk—D 9:30 Exercise with Takako—D 10:30 Ladies Meeting—S 10:30 Buddhist Service—T 12:30 Resident Birthday Party—D 1:00 Mah Jong—G 1:30 Movie—T 2:00 Dominoes: Chicken Foot—D 3:00 Uno—S 6:30 Movie—T 25 8:45 9:30 10:30 1:00 1:30 1:30 3:00 6:30 Doctor Day Morning Walk—D Exercise with Takako—D Japanese Calligraphy—D Mah Jong—G Movie—T Karaoke—D Hanafuda—D Movie—T Fri Sat 5 6 8:45 9:00 9:30 10:30 1:30 1:30 Morning Walk—D Mieko’s Café—F Morning Stretch— D Nickel Bingo—D Movie—T Outing to Trader Joe’s 1:30 Canasta—G 2:00 Beginner’s Mahjong—G 6:30 Movie—T 12 1:30 1:30 2:00 6:30 Morning Walk—D Morning Stretch— D Nickel Bingo—D Outing to Walmart Movie—T Canasta—G Beginner’s Mahjong—G Movie—T 19 1:30 1:30 2:00 6:30 Morning Walk—D Exercise—D Puzzles and Sudoku—D Movie—T Blackjack—D Poker with Toji— D Movie—T 13 8:45 9:30 10:30 1:30 8:45 9:30 10:30 1:30 8:45 9:30 10:30 1:30 2:00 3:00 6:30 8:45 9:30 10:30 1:30 2:00 3:00 6:30 Morning Walk—D Exercise—D Watercolor Painting—D Movie—T Blackjack—D Poker with Toji— D Movie—T 20 Morning Walk—D Morning Stretch— D Nickel Bingo—D Outing to 99 cents store Movie—T Canasta—G Beginner’s Mahjong—G Movie—T 26 8:45 9:30 10:30 1:00 8:45 Morning Walk—D 9:30 Exercise —D 10:30 Rubber Block Print Making Class—D 1:00 Takesue Piano Studio Student Performances-D 1:30 Movie—T 2:00 Blackjack—D 3:00 Poker with Toji— D 6:30 Movie—T 27 Morning Walk—D Morning Stretch— D Nickel Bingo—D Outing to Marukai & Kinokuniya 1:30 Movie—T 2:00 Beginner’s Mahjong—G 1:30 Canasta—G 6:30 Movie—T 8:45 Morning Walk—D 9:30 Exercise —D 10:30 Watercolor Painting—D 1:30 Movie—T 1:30 New Resident Welcome Party—S 2:00 Blackjack—D 3:00 Poker with Toji— D 6:30 Movie—T ACTIVITY LOCATIONS First Floor D - Dining Hall B - Beauty Salon S - Solarium P - Podiatrist F - Family Dining Room CR - Conference Room (Lobby) Second Floor G - Game Area T - Movie Theatre New Activities in Blue Special Events in Red RE SUBJECT TO CHANGE .** This monthly newsletter can also be viewed at www.nikkeiseniorgardens.com Annoucements Page 8 Nikkei Senior Gardens A Visit from…. FATHER’S DAY NANIWA Dental Hygiene Luncheon College (JAPAN) Saturday, June 21, 2015 12:00pm We invite you to join us as we celebrate all Father’s with a special Baby back rib plated lunch. $10.00 per person *Limited to 4 guests per apartment. Additional guests may accommodated based on availability. Please help us welcome the Naniwa Dental Hygiene students from Japan, and learn how to practice proper dental hygiene and facial massages. Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at (818) 899-1000 or [email protected]ikkeiseniorgardens.net Sunday, June 24, 2015 At 1:00pm In the Dining Room Volunteers & Donations May Volunteers Donations Mieko Akima Sam Kanno Yoichi Kimura Arts & Crafts Supplies Magazines Harry Nakada Barbara Okita Stan Date Monetary Donation Bingo Prizes Toji Hashimoto Kiyoko Kamii Hisano Tilner Exercise bands Newspapers Keiko Roter Emiko Kami Lois Okui Tami Shiotani Kay Kami Akiko Idian Table reminder signs DVD’s Carrie Wong Hitomi Hashimoto Kumiko Mori Akiko Bloom Mark Yokomizo Yoshiko Kawada John Goka Jr. Evelyn Motoyama JoAnn Komai Karen Yokomizo Vanessa Orozco Yasuko Jones Rev. Patti Usuki Nancy Gohata Tomo Padilla SFV Hongwanji Temple Crossway Church SFVJACC Joy & Lacey KC & Tuna Books We Thank You For Your Continuing Generosity and Support! Announcements Issue 76 Page 9 Board of Directors Meeting REFER A FRIEND AND RECEIVE $500 OFF ONE MONTH’S RENT June 11, 2015 Open Forum begins at 7:00pm Shave Ice Social Please join us for a yummy treat! Every Wednesday In the Dining Room At 2:30pm As a resident of Nikkei Senior Gardens you have the added value of referring friends to live in your beautiful community with you as their neighbor. If they decide to join you in living here, you will receive $500 off one month’s rent once they have lived here for two months. Just think. Relax among your friends. Play cards. Watch a movie or enjoy the resident garden, all with friends that you are familiar with! And we will give you $500 off one month’s rent for each person that you refer that moves to Nikkei Senior Gardens. if you want to have your friends living here with you and you want $500 off a month’s rent, then see Marc Aronoff, Director of Sales and Marketing for more details. PODIATRIST DAY w/ Dr. Teshima ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTS! Nikkei Senior Gardens is looking for a few good men and women to be Resident Ambassadors. A Resident Ambassador is a resident that helps new residents to get acclimated to their new home here at Nikkei Senior Gardens and assists the Marketing Director to promote Nikkei Senior Gardens. If you would like to represent Nikkei Senior Gardens as an Ambassador, or if you would like more information please see Marc Aronoff, Director of Sales & Marketing. Buddhist Service By Reverend Patti Usuki Of SFV Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Will be held on the SECOND TUESDAY this month. Please see Concierge to schedule your appointments today! Do you need to book a Doctor Appointment? Bring your Doctor’s contact information to the front desk & They will do it for you! Every 3rd Thursday of the month In the Solarium At 10:30am Nikkei Residents Fellowship Service Hosted By Crossway Church Every Sunday In the Solarium At 1:00pm NSG Special Team Event News Issue Page 40 10 Nikkei Senior Gardens Nikkei Senior Gardens FEATURED Team Member of the Month Stellar Story Shirley Arteaga Shirley joined the Nikkei Senior Gardens team as a Resident Assistant in the Resident Care Services Department in 2009. Since then, Shirley has advanced to being a Med Tech on the morning shift. For over five years, Shirley has dedicated herself to providing exceptional service to our residents and families. Building meaningful relationships with those she works with and serves, along the way. Nikkei Senior Gardens is proud to award Shirley the May 2015 Team Member of the Month Award. Congratulations Shirley! In preparation for the Mother’s Day Dinner at Nikkei, this group of Stellar women took the opportunity to create one-of-akind positive experiences for many of the residents at Nikkei. Mary, concierge who also works as a part-time make-up artist, brought her own make-up kit and hosted a Glamour Hour for two hours teaching the women how to apply make-up for special occasions. Takako, Activities Assistant and a part-time manicurist provided manicures for the ladies that included massages with scented lotions. Not to be outdone, Resident Assistants, Loida Margarita, Monica and Angelica brought in make-up and hair products and did the same for the ladies in Nikkei’s Memory Care area. Everyone had a glamorous Mother’s Day and the residents were delighted, that they thanked the team with cupcakes. Who Am I?..... I LOVE soup! Tomato or clam chowder are my favorites! I favorite color is black. I used to be a mechanic. I love to watch movies and play poker. I am a Sagittarius (born December 19th). HINT: I am a resident here and I live in building three, second floor. Please submit your answer by completing the form below and returning to the front desk by Sunday, June 14th for a chance to enter into a Raffle for a $20 gift card to Target! The winner will be announced at the next Resident Council Meeting held on June 23, 2015. GOOD LUCK! May Answer: Kelly Garfalo May Winner: Dr. Bob Y. Prize: $20 Target Gift Card CUT ALONG THE LINE NAME:____________________________________________ APT #:____________ ANSWER:___________________________________________________________________ This portion to be completed by the Concierge ONLY: Date Submitted :___ /___ /___ Received by:_______________ Word Search Puzzle for June Issue 76 Page 11 Golf Find and circle all of the words that are hidden in the grid. The words may be hidden in any direction. ALBATROSS GREEN APPROACH GRIP BACK NINE GROSS SCORE BACKSPIN HANDICAP BALL HOLE IN ONE BIRDIE HOLES BOGEY HOOK BUNKER IRON CADDIE NET SCORE CART PAR CHIP PUTTER CLUBHOUSE ROUGH CLUBS RULES CONDOR SHOT COURSE SLICE DIVOT STROKE DRIVER SWING DRIVING RANGE TEE OFF EAGLE TREES FAIRWAY WATER HAZARD FLAGSTICK WEDGE FORE WOOD Garden Giggles Did you know?... YMCA organized in London, June 6, 1844. Hawaii organized as a territory, June 14, 1900. SUPER FOOD OF THE MONTH APRICOT Rich source of anti-oxidants Helps prevent age-related Macular Degeneration High source of dietary fiber For the answers, see page 12. HINT ON PAGE 12. NIKKEI SENIOR GARDENS 9221 Arleta Avenue Arleta, CA 91331 Phone: (818) 899-1000 Fax: (818) 834-5728 www.NikkeiSeniorGardens.com RCFE License #197607606 Nikkei Senior Gardens Directors Michael Motoyasu Executive Director Marc Aronoff Director of Sales and Marketing Gabriela Perez Director of Business Services Kelly Garfalo Director of Resident Care Services Desiree Kitagawa Director of Life Enrichment Carlos Marquez Director of Dining Services Steve Hynds Director of Environmental Services Japanese Trivia Solution to Word Search KIRIN, more than just a name Most people hear the word, kirin, and think of the popular their favorite sushi restaurant. When in fact, the beer was named after one of the most interesting mythological creatures of the Japanese folklore. Kirin looks like a unicorn deer with the body covered in scales and with the tail of an ox. A symbol of good luck, kirin is a good omen, considered to bring prosperity, success, and because it is considered to live a thousand years, it is also a symbol of longevity. This hooved chimerical creature, is also known in China and other East Asian cultures, as the quilin. While the quilin may be depicted with slight differences than the kirin, overall they care the same features. In Chinese culture, the earliest references to the qilin are in the 5th century BC Zuo Zhuan. MR. SAD PUZZLE (PG. 11) HINT: My face is RED.
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