Experience Talks 8/23: Peter G. Lancellotti and Yvonne Beatty

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Tune in to Experience Talks, our “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener.” Saturdays 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! You can also enjoy hearing all of our previous shows on the Listen Page of our Experience Talks website.

Saturday, 8/23 at 8 AM PT: Peter G. Lancellotti and Yvonne Beatty talk with host Cynthia Friedlob

Both of our guests have made radical changes in their professional lives, leaving their original careers to move on to something completely different for their encore careers. Peter Lancellotti spent 20 years in the telecommunications industry, then left it to get a degree in Gerontology and launch a senior health care service primarily for the LGBT community. Yvonne Beatty spent 28 years in nursing and public health, then went back to college for a master’s degree in fine art and a career as an artist. The enthusiasm both of our guests have for their current work is evidence of just how satisfying an encore career can be.

Peter Lancellotti

While serving as a University of Southern California gerontologist, PETER LANCELLOTTI decided to put his clinical research on aging into practice by launching a Seniors Helping Seniors franchise, a non-medical home care service matching seniors seeking employment with seniors who need help to continue living independently in their own homes. Non-medical services provided include such things as cooking, light housekeeping, yard work, pet walking, shopping, transportation, small repairs, and companionship. Peter’s franchise, based in West L.A., focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on serving the LGBT senior community, a group that has special needs and is currently underserved. More information on his website.

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YVONNE BEATTY is an accomplished fine artist who has exhibited at various Southern California venues, including Angels Gate Cultural Center, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and UC San Diego. Her work was part the 62nd Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference in Mexico City and she has had a solo exhibition in the offices of the President of the Board of Supervisors at San Francisco City Hall. Ms. Beatty has also taught art to disadvantaged children in Compton, CA. She is currently at work on a new project: curating the upcoming Harlem Renaissance West exhibit at the Museum of African American Art in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. The exhibit was conceived by Ms. Beatty as a way to explore the changes in African American art since the days of the Harlem Renaissance. It is scheduled to open on January 18, 2015 and will run for three months. Exhibiting artists will be Yvonne Beatty, Buena Johnson, Miriam Moore, Phyllis Miller, Doug Pearsall, Karl Jean Petion, Dr. Sidonie Smith, and Karien Zachery. Learn more about Yvonne at her website and get the details about Harlem Renaissance West on her News Page.

 

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Monowi: Population 1

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Monowi, Nebraska, is the only officially incorporated municipality in the United States with a population of just one.  

 

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Elsie Eiler, who is in her late 70s, is the Mayor, bartender, and librarian (the library boasts 5,000 well-organized books). Her tavern caters to loyal regular customers coming from as far as 80 miles away.

Read more and see more photos here.

 

 

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Do You Like to Doodle? Good!

Doodles by Samantha Wilson of Southborough, MA

Doodles by Samantha Wilson of Southborough, MA

From the Wall Street Journal:

“Long dismissed as a waste of time, doodling is getting new respect.

“Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information. A blank page also can serve as an extended playing field for the brain, allowing people to revise and improve on creative thoughts and ideas.”

So keep doodling! ~ Read more in the WSJ here.

 

 

 

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The Outspoken George Takei

(Photo credit: Victoria Will/AP )

(Photo credit: Victoria Will/AP )

Many fans know George Takei, 77, from his role as Mr. Sulu on the 1960s show Star Trek. But anyone who’s been online in the last few years knows him for his witty posts on Facebook where he has over five million fans. Those posts have also provided him with an opportunity to talk about his family’s internment after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1942 , when he was five years old. And his online presence has give him a platform for his political activism as a gay man. Now, he’s also the subject of a new documentary entitled, To Be Takei. Read more and hear an interview here.

 

 

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A Serious Problem: Senior Food Insecurity

Malnourished seniors may be forgotten until they show up in the emergency room, often for another reason like an injury. (Photo credit: Ted Gough/Willowpix/iStockphoto

Malnourished seniors may be forgotten until they show up in the emergency room, often for another reason like an injury. (Photo credit: Ted Gough/Willowpix/iStockphoto)

From NPR:

When we picture hungry Americans, we may see the faces of children, or single moms. But many of the people who struggle to fill their bellies are beyond age 65. . . .

Malnutrition may go undetected — by the general public and by doctors — until the seniors show up in the emergency room, often for an injury or other reason. . . .

According to Feeding America, a national food assistance organization, seniors are among the most food insecure of all people in the U.S.; one in three recurrent food bank clients is 60 or older.

Read the full NPR story here. There are some solutions, including programs like Meals-on-Wheels and food banks. This situation is further evidence of the need to prevent any cuts to Social Security.

 

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Worth Repeating: Sun City – The First “Planned Active Retirement Community”

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 8/ 20/13: 

Left: Elva McKittrick, 109, is the oldest resident of Sun City, seen January 9, 2010. She has lived at Royal Oak for the past 26 years. She eats ice cream with her lunch and dinner every day. Right: The front yard at 9415 Hidden Valley Circle in Sun City, March 13, 2010. Photo Credit: Kendrick Brinson

Left: Elva McKittrick, 109, is the oldest resident of Sun City, seen January 9, 2010. She has lived at Royal Oak for the past 26 years. She eats ice cream with her lunch and dinner every day.
Right: The front yard at 9415 Hidden Valley Circle in Sun City, March 13, 2010. Photo Credit: Kendrick Brinson

Sun City, the now well-known retirement community in Arizona, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Jan. 1, 2010.

“Kendrick Brinson released Sun City: Life After Life, a limited-edition book designed by Deb Pang Davis that she envisions as a sort of ‘retro brochure’ or visual guidebook to the community. . . .  ‘What makes Sun City unique, other than the fact that it is an actual city of tens of thousands of retirees, is that almost everyone is active in one way or another.’”

That’s the kind of energy and enthusiasm we encourage at our EngAGE communities! Click here to read more and see more photos.

 

 

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New EngAGE Senior Olympics Promo Video

torch_text-vertical-14Have you seen the terrific new video (1:37) about last year’s EngAGE Senior Olympics? It’s now posted on our YouTube Channel and our website. Here’s the story:

September 21, 2013, at beautiful Cerritos Park East: Crowds of eager EngAGE community seniors arrived by bus, all prepared to compete in the annual EngAGE Senior Olympics. A wide range of categories allowed them to showcase their skills in events that ranged from walking to creating art. EngAGE team members and a host of volunteers made sure that the day went smoothly. The morning kicked off with a march of the competitors. Later, a tasty lunch was provided and, at the end of the event, medals were awarded to the excited winners. Thanks to Brossy Reina, Vicki Clark, Maureen Kellen-Taylor, Nancy Goodhart, Robin Hart, and Art Shinn for creating a wonderful record of this exciting event, and thanks to our sponsors for their support!

The 2014 EngAGE Senior Olympics are scheduled for Saturday, September 27th at Cerritos Park East. Want to participate? Want to donate? Volunteer? Get all the details right here on our website. This is sure to be another great year for our seniors!

 

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Experience Talks 8/16: Dorothy Hom

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Tune in to Experience Talks, our “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener.” Saturdays 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! You can also enjoy hearing all of our previous shows on the Listen Page of our Experience Talks website.

Saturday, 8/16 at 8 AM PT: Dorothy Hom talks with host Cynthia Friedlob

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Ninety-five-year-old author DOROTHY HOM spent half a lifetime working on her massive book of 800+ pages. Peacock Alley is called a novel, however, it’s based on the true story of her grandmother, who was instrumental in the founding of Chinatown in Los Angeles. From the book’s website:

Peacock Alley is the compelling story of Liah, a courageous Chinese immigrant wife and mother and her struggle to establish an ethnic community within early 20th Century Los Angeles where the Chinese inhabitants would be safe from the wanton persecution of the ‘White Devils’ and where a traditional Chinese lifestyle could be preserved.”

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Although a published poet, this is the author’s first novel. She grew up in Chinatown, and continues to live in Los Angeles, enjoying her books, her garden, her friends, and members of her family. Learn more and purchase her book at PeacockAlleyBook.com.

Related: Bower’s Museum in Santa Ana is currently hosting an exhibit entitled, “The Lure Of Chinatown: Painting California’s Chinese Communities.” It “provides a glimpse of the communities before they underwent significant changes following the devastating earthquake in San Francisco in 1906, and urban renewal in Los Angeles in the 1930s. Artists of the Depression era, some of whom were Chinese-American, created positive, stylized images of the quarter using watercolor, reflecting the national American Scene movement of the 1930s and early 1940s.” The show is up through August 31st. Peacock Alley is available in the museum’s gift shop.

The Chinese American Museum in downtown Los Angeles also has an ongoing exhibition entitled “Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles,” as well as many other shows of interest. From the website: “Symbolically housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown, the 7,200 square foot Chinese American Museum (CAM) embodies both a cultural and physical link to the past and a promising point of entry for the city’s multicultural future.”

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EngAGE Team Stays in Half Marathon Shape

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Doug Wiskow, Sharon Springer, Brossy Reina: Ready to run!

Doug Wiskow (70), Regional Programs Director, Brossy Reina (68), Senior Olympics Coordinator and Sharon Springer (58), Executive Assistant are shown at the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station on one of their Sunday morning runs to the Hollywood Farmers Market.  Runs vary from about nine miles to about 13 miles depending on how they feel that morning.

An invitation from energetic EngAGE Team Member Sharon Springer!

We would like all ages to join us and here’s our fun, adventurous schedule:

  • Arrive at the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station between 6:00 and 6:15 a.m.
  • Buy a one way ticket from Union Station back to the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station.
  • Start our run at around 6:20 a.m.  Doug and Brossy’s tickets are $3.00 each and mine costs $6.00.
  • We run to Glendale via Lake Street and then run through Griffith Park and Los Feliz with a pit stop usually in the Park.
  • The hill through the Los Feliz neighborhood is about a mile long and has gotten a lot easier!
  • Make our way to Los Feliz Boulevard and greet our new friends whom we now see every Sunday morning out walking their dogs, running or engaging in other exercise routines.
  •  The conversation is usually light.
  • We run past the Leif Erickson bust and continue around the N. Western Avenue curve to the left and take a right onto Franklin.
  • I can now taste the coconut water that we will have at the Hollywood Farmers Market.
  • I pick up the pace.
  • We take a left at N. Bronson, right onto Carlos, left onto N. Gower, right onto Hollywood Boulevard.
  • I’m sprinting by now for the coconut water.
  • We arrive at Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar!
  • We’ve made lots of friends and they expect us by now.
  • We buy large size coconut water with lots of coconut chunks for a healthy breakfast second course.
  • We shop, maybe get more breakfast: pupusas, or breakfast scramble, and visit with friends.
  • Stop by Trader Joe’s.
  • Hop on the Red Line in the Union Station direction – purchase of our Metrolink tickets allows us to ride the Red Line for “free.”
  • Get off at Pershing Square and walk through Grand Central Market  – maybe get a snack – hey, we deserve it!
  •  Walk to the Civic Center stop and get back on the Red Line.
  • Arrive at Union Station, which is celebrating 75 years!  It’s beautiful!
  • Sit in the big chairs, people watch, and imagine who has passed through over the years.
  • Take the 11:40 a.m. train back to Downtown Burbank

Arrive Downtown Burbank at noon and we still have the whole day ahead of us!  Want to share a Glutenator at Story Tavern?

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EngAGE Welcomes Melony Morse as Regional Programs Director

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Melony Morse, Regional Programs Director - Ms. Morse joined the EngAGE team in the summer of 2007 as a volunteer. She has been employed with EngAGE since 2009.  Beginning in August, she became a Regional Programs Director, implementing and maintaining the quality of programs provided by EngAGE at four Orange County properties:  Coventry Court, Sterling Court, The Jasmine and The Grove.  She is certified as a ZUMBA instructor and has years of experience working with seniors in fitness instruction, as well as aqua aerobics.  She is working toward her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal State Long Beach.

 

 

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