Get Your Brain Back Into Gear …

With a round of Spellbound!

Hope you all had a fantastic Labor Day Weekend!

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Staying in Town For the Long Weekend?

Check out some of the many awesome events going on!

 

Watermelon Tours @ Tanaka Farms

September 3rd-4th

Extended for one last weekend! Please see the website for details.

L.A. County Fair @ Fairplex Pomona

September 3rd – October 2nd

Please see the website for more details.

E Hula Mau: Hula & Chant Competition @ The Long Beach Performing Arts Center

September 2nd – 4th

Times vary.

Please see the website for more details.

Fiesta Hermosa @ Hermosa Beach

September 3rd – 5th

10am – 6pm

FREE!

Orange International Street Fair @ Orange Plaza

September 2nd – 4th

5pm – 10pm (Friday), 10am – 10pm (Saturday-Sunday)

FREE!

Meet Stacey Tamura, Another Amazing Keiro Volunteer!

Stacey Tamura, South Bay Keiro Volunteer

Stacey Tamura, South Bay Keiro Volunteer

Volunteering is an important way for the next generation to get involved in caring for seniors! Below, Stacey Tamura shares her experience volunteering at South Bay Keiro Nursing Home.

I am a high school student and organize nursing home visits with high school students at my school. We have volunteered at South Bay Keiro Nursing Home a few times to participate in fun activities such as origami and bingo with the residents. All the activities have been enjoyable to do with the residents. Also, the staff were very welcoming and accommodating. After the activity, we talk with the residents and get to learn more about each other. They are always friendly and warm to us whenever we visit. I am glad to know that we may be making their day a little more fun.

Stacey is a junior at the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS), which is located in Carson, California. She participates in Biomed/HOSA Club, Key Club, Robotics, and National Honors Society with her school. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking desserts, and playing piano.  

The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro Senior HealthCare, The Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.  Full disclaimer

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Make Everyday Movements Safer and Easier!

Robin Ishibashi Jones, Stonebridge HomeFit

 How often do you unload groceries? Pick up your children or grandchildren? Work in the garden? Everyday activities can add strain to our bodies if we are not properly conditioned to take on these daily stressors. Here are a few simple exercises that can help make you stronger and prevent debilitating injuries when performing your daily routines.

 

 

 Rotation to Overhead Lift

  1. Begin in a standing position with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Holding a 2 – 6 lb medicine ball (or a small melon or gallon of water…yes, groceries can be used for more than eating!) with your arms outstretched, bend your knees so the ball (or implement) is at knee level. 
  3. Bring the ball to the outside of your right knee, keeping your knees bent and twisting slightly at your torso.
  4. Starting to straighten your knees, bring the ball diagonally across your body and over your left shoulder – do not let go of the ball!
  5. As you bring the ball over your left shoulder, slightly pivot your right foot inward to reduce tension on your knee.
  6. Reverse the motion back to the starting point and repeat 10 times.  Complete 2 – 3 sets of 10 repetitions on each side.

 

Star Squats

 

  1. Start in a standing position with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Lower your body into a squatting position, reaching your hands to the ground. Remember to bend from your hips and knees, not your back! 
  3. Start to push with your legs to a standing position while bringing your arms out in front of your body. 
  4. As you reach a full standing position, raise your arms overhead like you are reaching for the stars! 
  5. Stretch your arms back by adding a slight backbend and open your chest up.  Repeat 10 times. Complete 2 – 3 sets.

 

Whenever you are performing your daily activities, try to engage your core and reduce the impact on your back by using your legs to lift heavy objects. 

 

Best in health and fitness,

 

Robin Ishibashi Jones

 

Robin Ishibashi Jones has been a fitness trainer and strength and conditioning coach for over 10 years. A graduate of Whittier College and owner of Stonebridge HomeFit, Robin is a health and fitness enthusiast who makes training easily accessible to people of all levels.  

 

The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro Senior HealthCare, The Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.  Full disclaimer

 

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Yum! Oatmeal!

Avoid the soupy mess that often comes with instant oatmeal and opt for this homemade recipe that’s surprisingly easy. Featuring thick, hearty oats, dried fruits and nuts, it’s a warm breakfast to get your day started right. Whole-grain oats are a top source of fiber, which lowers cholesterol and the risk of colorectal cancer. Although this recipe makes 4 servings, it’s easy to store and reheat. Top with reduced-fat yogurt for an after-supper treat.

Baked Oatmeal

  • 1 3/4 cups low-fat (1 per cent) milk
  • 2 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 Tbsp. lightly packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 Golden Delicious apple, peeled and cored
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In 2-quart microwaveable, oven proof casserole, heat milk and butter until milk steams, about 1-2 minutes. Mix in salt and oats and set aside.

Chop apricots. Mix apricots, raisins and 1 Tbsp. of the sugar into oats. Shred apple into oats and mix to combine.

Bake oats, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Stir, then top with remaining sugar and nuts. Bake 15 minutes longer, or until oats are chewy. Divide oatmeal among four bowls. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 Servings.

Per serving: 280 calories, 8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 45 g carbohydrate, 9 g protein, 4 g dietary fiber, 280 mg sodium.

 

The material presented on this site is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily represent the opinions of Keiro Senior HealthCare, The Institute for Healthy Aging at Keiro, or its contributors. Readers should consult appropriate health, legal, or financial professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.  Full disclaimer

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Concentration …

Test your short-term memory with AARP’s fun version of Concentration!

Thinking About What To Do This Weekend?

Sugihara: A Conspiracy of Kindness Documentary Screening @ The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

August 26th

7-9pm

Admission: $20 general, $15 students & seniors (All proceeds shall go to the U.S.-Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund).

Please email ltccjb@aol.com for reservations.

Origins International Martial Arts Festival @ The Anaheim Covention Center

August 27th – 28th

Times vary.

Please see the website for more details.

Outdoor Cinema Food Fest @ The Hollywood Recreation Center

August 27th

5:30pm

Please see the website for more details.

Annual Bazaar @ The Okinawan Association of America Center

August 28th

11am – 4pm

It’s the last weekend for Cookout Tours and Watermelon Tours!

Cookout Tours @ Tanaka Farms (March 19th – August 28th)

Watermelon Tours @ Tanaka Farms (July 2nd – August 28th)