Irvine Senior Connection - Spring 2021

Spring 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are facing various challenges that have been stress- ful, overwhelming, and emotionally taxing for our overall health and well-being. You or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms of depression, which is a common but serious mood disorder that should be evaluated by your primary care doctor.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and is a good time to learn about some symptoms of depres- sion as described by the National Institute of Mental Health ( nimh.nih.gov ). If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression: • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism • Irritability • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities

The good news is that depression, even if severe, can be treated. If you or someone you love may be struggling with symptoms of depression, start by making an appointment to see a doctor or healthcare provider. For immediate and serious concerns, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (toll-free/24 hours a day). Remember that treatment choices typically differ for each person, and sometimes multiple treatments must be tried to find the best approach. With appro- priate treatment strategies, most people will begin to feel better over time.

• Decreased energy or fatigue • Moving or talking more slowly

• Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping • Appetite and/or weight changes • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

For additional information and resources, call the Keen Center for Senior Resources at 949-724-6926.

Key Contacts Centers Lakeview Senior Center Rancho Senior Center

Irvine City Council

949-724-6900 949-724-6800 949-724-7300

Mayor Farrah N. Khan

Trabuco Center

Vice Mayor Tammy Kim Councilmember Larry Agran Councilmember Mike Carroll Councilmember Anthony Kuo Interim City Manager Marianna Marysheva 1 Civic Center Plaza Dear Friends, I hope that this edition of Irvine Senior Connection finds you and your loved ones in good health. As spring approaches, our Senior Services team is planning new ways to stay connected with you in the safest way possible. We appreciate your patience and support as we work together to provide fun, meaningful programs to the senior community. Irvine Senior Services continues to offer nutritional, educational, and recreational resources. Browse through this issue of Senior Connection for new and familiar classes and activities we hope will help keep your mind and body active (see Pages 3–4). In celebration of National Volunteer Month in April, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Senior Services volunteers who have supported our programs and services over the years. We miss working beside you and are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. For more information on our programs and services, call the Lakeview Senior Center at 949-724-6900. Sincerely, Cory Hilderbrand Community Services Manager

seniors@cityofirvine.org

Senior Services Email

Keen Center for Senior Resources Hee Jin Lee

949-724-6926

Irvine Meals onWheels Damion Coran

949-724-6910

Volunteer Program Crystal Nguyen

949-724-6096

Program and Facilities Services Superintendent Sandra Salcedo. ......... 949-724-6356 Nutrition and Outreach Services Supervisor Denise Bennett-Arabatzis 949-724-6913

Amal Baradehi . . . . . . . . abaradehi@cityofirvine.org Jerry Chang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . jerrychang2@cox.net K. Cal Hibrawi . . . . . . . . . . . hibrawi2020@yahoo.com Carolyn Inmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . cinmon@cox.net Greta Jacobs .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 949-552-7433 Bill Sandlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . billrsandlin@gmail.com Myung Suh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . msuh@cityofirvine.org For information regarding the Irvine Senior Citizens Council, please contact: Sandra Salcedo Irvine Senior Citizens Council The Irvine Senior Citizens Council serves as an advisory body to the City Council on matters pertaining to older adults

Community Services Superintendent 949-724-6356 | ssalcedo@cityofirvine.org

Connect with the City of Irvine on social media at cityofirvine.org/beourfriend .

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Join Irvine Senior Services for a variety of virtual programs that will keep you active and engaged while safe at home. Classes will be conducted via Zoom.

Afternoon of Art Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of creativity and socialization. Enjoy tea in the comfort of your own home as you are led through an instructed art class. Supplies, including refreshments, will be provided. Participants will be informed of supply pick-up infor- mation upon registration at yourirvine.org . Second Tuesdays, 1–3 p.m. $10 per class Education Lectures Local community organizations provide virtual presentations on topics of interest to the senior community. For a listing of upcoming presentations, visit yourirvine.org. Thursdays, 10–11:30 a.m. Irvine Body & Brain These fun, immersive classes will help you learn to relax your mind and build energy. Presented by Irvine Body & Brain.

Longevity Stick Raise your spirits! Learn a series of 12 move- ments designed to improve balance, flexibility, strength, mental focus, and breathing capacity. All movements are simple and done standing. Will need a stick to participate. *No class 5/31. Mondays &Wednesdays, April 5–June 30* 9–10 a.m. Course #40314 Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 6–June 24 9–10 a.m. Course #40315 Mind & BodyWellness Learn breathing techniques, gentle yoga stretches using a chair, rhythmic clapping, laughter, and nutrition tips to improve daily living. It’s a wholesome class for a healthy

body and practical knowledge. Wednesdays, April 7–June 30 1–2 p.m.

Body & Brain Energy Tai Chi Monday, April 12, 1–2 p.m. Course # 40390 Body & Brain Energy Breathing Monday, April 26, 1–2 p.m.

Course #40322 Positive Living Discover how to recognize early signs of depression and cognitive decline. Learn coping strategies, treatment approaches, support net- works, and community resources. Presented by OMID Multicultural Institute for Development. Tuesdays, April 13–June 15

Course #40391 Laughter Yoga

Discover the joyful laughter-as-exercise that uses intentional laughter to help relieve stress, strengthen your immune system, improve respiration and circu- lation, and reduce anxiety and depression. Laughter yoga can be done while seated. *No class 5/31. Mondays &Wednesdays, April 5–June 30* 10–11 a.m. Course #40316 Thursdays, April 8–June 24 Noon–1 p.m. Course #40318

10–11:30 a.m. Course #40330 Social Bingo Enjoy a fun game of Bingo all from the

comfort of your home. Print your Bingo card, then join us virtually as we play a variety of games and socialize with others. *No class 5/31. Mondays, April 5–June 28* 10–11 a.m. Course #40331

Registration required. More information: yourirvine.org or 949-724-6900

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Outdoor Programs

We are pleased to offer outdoor recreation and social programs, in keeping with COVID-19 safety guidelines. Indoor center facilities remain closed, but center restrooms will be available to participants during outdoor activities.

Acoustic Jam Session Bring your acoustic instruments and play along while learning songs from folk, bluegrass, and country genres. Chords and song lyrics will be pro- vided for those who want to sing along. Open to all levels who are able to play chords and tune their instrument; formal instruction is not available. Wednesdays, April 21–June 30

International Discussion Group Participate in thought-provoking conversa- tions about current national and international topics. Third Tuesdays 9:30–11:30 a.m. Course #40359 Rancho Senior Center Outdoor Laughter Yoga Discover the joyful laughter-as-exercise that uses intentional laughter to help relieve stress, strengthen your immune system, im- prove respiration and circulation, and reduce anxiety and depression. Laughter yoga can be done while seated. Fridays, April 16–June 25 9–10 a.m. Course #40799 Rancho Senior Center

2:30–3:30 p.m. Course #40800 Trabuco Center Healing Power of Dance

Improve balance and coordination while socializ- ing and learning Latin dance. The course will cover dances such as Salsa, Mambo, Samba, and Cha-cha. All levels welcome; no partner necessary. *No class 5/31. Mondays, April 12–June 28* 10–11 a.m. Course #40801 Trabuco Center International Crafters: Knitting Crafters create scarves, blankets, hats, and other handcrafted items. Tuesdays, April 13–June 29

Face coverings are required for all outdoor programs.

10 a.m.–Noon Course #40805 Lakeview Senior Center

Drive-in Bingo 2nd & 4th Fridays, 9–10 a.m.

Join us for a fun game of Drive-in Bingo, all from the comfort of your car! Bingo cards will be provided, or you can bring your own from home. Register at yourirvine.org .

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Nutrition Services Available

Grab-and-Go Lunch Service

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Lakeview Senior Center

Registered Congregate Meal Program participants ages 60 and older can drive through the Lakeview Senior Center to pick up a pack of frozen lunches. • $4 suggested contribution per meal for adults ages 60 and older. • No adult age 60 or older will be turned away due to inability to contribute. • This project is funded in part through a grant from the California Department of Aging and the CARES Act (H.R. 748), as allocated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and administered by the Office on Aging. Face coverings are required when picking up food.

Irvine Meals onWheels

For more information, please call 949-724-6926.

Nutritious meals delivered to qualifying homebound Irvine senior residents each week. Available on a donation basis; no qualifying senior is turned away due to inability to donate.

For more information on the Grab-and-Go Lunch Service or Irvine Meals on Wheels, please call 949-724-6926.

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A variety of free consulting programs are available for older adults. Appointments are required. To make an appointment or for more information, call the Keen Center for Senior Resources at 949-724-6926 . Assistance Programs: Keen Center for Senior Resources

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Please call 949-724-6926 to make an appointment for virtual and in-person assistance programs.

Services provided virtually: Financial Investment Consultation Individual investment and finance consultations provided for general information only. No selling or endorsements of products or services. By appointment only. Free Elder Law Appointments Brief consultations for questions on estate, trusts, and wills. Sponsored by Merhab Robinson & Clarkson, Law Corporation. No selling or endorsements of products or services. Individual Medication Review What’s in your medicine cabinet? Pharmacists will review medications for dosage strength and frequency, correct usage, and potential interactions or duplications. Bring your questions along with daily medications, over- the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements to your appointment. Appointment required. Sponsored by Orange County Health Care Agency. Legal Aid for Seniors Brief 20-minute consultations for seniors ages 60 and older, addressing general legal questions. Sponsored by Community Legal Aid SoCal.

Services provided in person: Food Commodities Income-qualifying seniors ages 60 and older receive a free nonperishable box of food. Sponsored by Community Action Partnership. Self-reported income and photo ID with proof of age required. Mobility Equipment Lending Wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes available at no cost for a 30-day loan period based on availability.

COVID-19 Resources

Ombudsman Hotline

949-724-8250

Senior & Community Support Hotline

949-724-6926

Irvine Police Department (Non-Emergency)

949-724-7000

Care Management Resources

949-724-6926

Check on Your Neighbors 714-480-6450

Senior Meals

949-724-6926

TRIPS

949-724-7433

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Published by the City of Irvine Community Services • Senior Services 20 Lake Road | Irvine, CA 92604-4567

Center Hours : Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Lakeview Senior Center 20 Lake Road, 92604 ■ 949-724-6900 Rancho Senior Center 3 Ethel Coplen Way, 92612 ■ 949-724-6800 Trabuco Center 5701 Trabuco Road, 92620 ■ 949-724-7300

Important Numbers

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Irvine Adult Day Health Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 949-262-1123 Adult Protective Services. . . . 800-451-5155 (24-hour hotline) Alzheimer’s OC . . . . . . . . . . . . . 844-435-7259 Alzheimer’s Assoc Helpline. . . 800-272-3900 Keen Center*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 949-724-6926 Class Registration*. . . . . . . . . . 949-724-6610 Council on Aging. . . . . . . . . . . . 714-479-0107 Facility Reservations* . . . . . . . 949-724-6620 Irvine City Hall* . . . . . . . . . . . . . 949-724-6000 Irvine Adult School. . . . . . . . . . 949-936-7454 Irvine Valley College. . . . . . . . . 949-367-8343 HICAP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 714-560-0424 Irvine Meals onWheels*. . . . . 949-724-6910 O C Infolink. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 or 888-600-4357 O C Office on Aging. . . . . . . . . 800-510-2020 Osher Life Long Learning. . . . 949-451-1403 TRIPS*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 949-724-7433 * City of Irvine

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