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Suddenly 65 Resource Newsletter

April 30th

 A letter from our editor:

All of California is still on a full Shelter-in-Place order, and we're all in it together. It is vital to the health of the community to keep following these guidelines as long as the California and local government tells you to.  

Suddenly 65 is here to try to alleviate some of the loneliness that comes with staying in our homes.  That is our main focus rather than hitting you with a lot of information.  We're here to have some fun.

You will see some repeated information from previous weeks, but be assured there is new information and new tools listed here this week.  We are doing our best to include good current information, without removing resources that are helpful.

Hunker down and be safe,
Alisha and the whole Suddenly 65 Family

PS: Since we've jam packed this week's newsletter with helpful resources, please remember to forward this to a friend who might need it. 
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Covid-19 Resources

Health & Wellness

Arts & Entertainment (Online Only)

Classes (Online Only)

Social Events & Tools (Online Only)

Information & Retirement

Senior Classifieds

Estate Planning & Elder Law 

Home Improvement & Real Estate - New!


Please take care to wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds at a time whenever possible. 

Seniors and those with compromised immune systems are at highest risk, so please exercise reasonable caution when going into public spaces.

  • Stay home if you are sick. Sick people make well people sick.
  • If you have mild symptoms, there may be no need to go to a medical facility to see a doctor.
  • Certain patients, such as the elderly, those that are immune compromised or have underlying health conditions should call their doctor earlier.
  • If you have questions, please call the clinic or your doctor before going in. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 211 for assistance finding support near you.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Get immunized against the flu to protect yourself and your family, and reduce the potential strain on the healthcare system, which may be impacted by COVID-19 concerns.
Do you know of a service or resource that can help other seniors at this time?
Help us spread the word not the virus!
I would like to share a resource

Covid-19 Resources

Mon Ami means ‘my friend’

Mon Ami supports seniors who are isolated by COVID-19.  We offer friendly Phone Bank calls, grocery runs, tech help over the phone, and virtual concerts.  Find out how you can get support, or give support by clicking here.

The County Task Force on Food Security
  •  Go to
  • This site connects those in need of food to those who can help. The food-insecure can find meal and voucher programs, and community organizations can find out how to connect people to the goods that are most needed. 
Wilkinson Senior Center
  •  Call (818) 756-7741 for information about homebound delivered meals for seniors.
  • Call 818-705-2345 for information about homebound delivered meals and grocery shopping assistance for seniors.
  • Drive Through Food Bank every Tuesday from 11 am until supplies run out. Open to all ages.
  • Transportation services for seniors 65+. Please call 818-708-6614 for information.
LAUSD Grab & Go Centers
  • Free meals for LAUSD students. Click here or call (213) 443-1300.
  • Mental health hotline to help students and families. Call 213-241-3840 for a consultation, support and referrals, weekdays 6 am to 6 pm.
LA Area Charter Schools Meals for Students
  • Free meals to all students under the age of 18 at select schools. Click here
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission 
  • Drive-thru food pantry at Northridge Fashion Center by appointment only. Click here to sign up.
Freedom Church
  • Drive-thru food pantry at Freedom Center (9200 Owensmouth Ave, Chatsworth) this Wednesday, April 8th, from 12 to 2 pm. 
Fish of West Valley Food Pantry
  • Food pantry of the Congregational Church of Chatsworth open Saturdays from 12 to 5 pm. at 20440 Lassen Street, Chatsworth.
SOVA Community Food & Resource Program
  • Food pantry at 16439 Vanowen St, Van Nuys. Open Sundays from 9 am to noon and Monday thru Friday from 10 am to 1:30 pm.
LAPD Devonshire PALS Youth Center
  • Meals for LAUSD students Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 11 am at 8721 Wilbur Ave., Northridge.
North Valley Caring Services
  • Learn about NVCS's food pantry and other services here
Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND)
  • Food distribution on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 11 am at 10641 N. San Fernando Road, Pacoima. Call 818-897-2443.
LA Regional Food Bank
  • To find a food bank near you, click here.
Breakfast for First Responders by McDonald's
  • Healthcare workers, police officers and firefighters with a valid ID or uniform are eligible to receive a free small coffee and Egg McMuffin sandwich during breakfast hours at participating McDonald's restaurants in Los Angeles County.
West Valley Food Pantry Drive Thru
  • We give out staples and most days (depending on store donations) fresh fruit and vegetables.
    We’re open to the public Monday thru Thursday 10am to 3pm and on Friday 10am to noon.  Picture ID is required at the drive thru!  
  • Prince of Peace Church
    5700 Rudnick Ave.
    Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Hop Around the World from Your Home! 
This past week, I stumbled upon a great resource -  It has all sorts of different nature-based live camera feeds from around the world.  It really calmed me down when I was feeling stir crazy.  I was very excited to share with the Suddenly 65 readers. :) 
Watch elephants socialize in Africa, soar over the planet with the crew of the International Space Station or watch kittens grow up in a shelter in LA.  Some of the feeds are great to put on just for the sound alone even if there isn't much happening in the shot. 

I really hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
- Alisha, Editor of Suddenly 65

LA County WDACS launches free delivery service for older adults

The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS), with the support of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced a free delivery program for older adults and individuals with disabilities. This Countywide program, called Critical Delivery Service, will deliver groceries, household items, and other vital necessities to individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DETAILS:  Items may be delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to the client. No application process is required; however, items must be pre-paid and ready for pickup. Deliveries may be scheduled by calling 1-888-863-7411 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Clients may utilize this service up to four times or 40 miles per month, whichever comes first.

Go to to learn more about new COVID-19 testing available from the City of L.A. and to see if you're eligible.
Face Covering & Mask Protocol

County Health Officials have urged that residents should not to buy surgical or N95 masks typical used by front-line care providers and first responders, but can instead use household items such as scarves, bandannas or fabric.

Los Angeles City has started the #LAProtects initiative in order to encourage residents to be creative in creating and using their own face coverings. We encourage our residents to do the same in order to make sure that our front-line workers have access to the supplies that they need. Although there are a lot of different videos and websites showing how to make masks, please use caution when selecting which websites you go on, it is recommended that you only go to a trusted website.
Officials warn that wearing a mask is not a shield, and it doesn’t replace the request that you stay at home, practice social distancing, use hand washing as your major means to make sure you’re not infecting yourself after touching something or someone who may be infected, and that you’re self-isolating and self-quarantined when it’s appropriate.

COVID-19: Medication tips

During these tough times, your health remains our top priority. We're being asked to stay home as much as possible.

The COVID-19 situation is changing quickly. We're learning more together. Social distancing is now part of our normal day.

Here are some medication tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Ask your doctor if you are able to get extra medication to have at least a 30-day supply on hand.  
Keep some over-the-counter medications for fever and other symptoms at home.  
AARP Tele-Town Hall Meetings - every Thursday at 10 am LA time. 

This Week's Tele-Town Hall: Protecting, Caring for Loved Ones

Experts at the 10 am Pacific time Thursday Q&A will address caring for family, friends, neighbors during the pandemic - Watch above 

How Do Seniors Shelter in Place without Feeling Alone or Isolated?
By Sandy Rosenholz, Senior Resources CA, Inc.
Dealing with the COVID-19 crisis is challenging enough for most of us who must stay home and shelter in place without the option of going to school, work, the golf course, the mall, or visiting friends or family, but seniors face even more obstacles. Many have underlying health conditions or suppressed immune systems that make them extra vulnerable to COVID 19, and are afraid that socializing will bring on those devastating health concerns. On the flip side, seniors are also among the most likely to feel cut off from family and friends. How can they avoid feeling desperate while keeping a social distance with others?
That seems to be the $64,000 question. And it is even more of a concern for those who live alone, about a third of the senior population, says the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging. Whether they live independently or have caregiver assistance, drastic changes to their routine can be both physically and emotionally devastating.
The Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, found that social isolation and loneliness can be more dangerous to a senior’s health than obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Other research studies have reported:
  • Increases in heart attacks (29%) and strokes (32%) as well as ties to high cholesterol, diabetes, and dementia.
  • Elder abuse is more likely when others are not checking on a senior.
  • Financial scammers use a senior’s loneliness to their advantage.
  • Seniors still working or enrolled in daycare programs lose their ability to have that human connection.
  • A study by the AARP Public Policy Institute, Stanford University and Harvard found that Medicare spends about $6.7 million more on socially isolated seniors than it does on other seniors.
How We All Can Pitch in to Alleviate a Senior’s Stress
Judi Lirman, a Woodland Hills, CA-based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, offers the following suggestions for what seniors and their loved ones can do during this transitional time that will reduce stress and anxiety.
First, here are some simple, but caring measures family members, friends, and caregivers can take to help seniors during this health crisis:
  • Create new routines to establish a sense of normalcy.
  • Treat them with extra TLC; this is a scary time.
  • Be present when calling or spending time with them online.
  • Assure them that they a support system who will take care of their needs. For example: whom they can call to chat, contact their doctor or caregiver, reach a helpline, instructions on how to use the phone or internet, and how to access Skype, Zoom, Face Time, etc. Prepare multiple copies of these notes in case they get misplaced.
  • Answer their questions directly and clearly.
  • Check in with them about how their physical and emotional health.
  • Suggest activities to keep their mind off their physical isolation such as reading a book, taking a walk, calling someone to chat, doing laundry, exercising, anything safe that does the trick.
  • Talk to them about how they have previously weathered storms in their lives and how they moved forward.
According to Lirman, it is just as important to give seniors the power to reduce panic and anxiety. Here are some tips:
  • Talk down a fear. Example: “No one will call me. Is that true? Ruthie called me two days ago. Ben seems to call every week. But I miss my grandkids. I keep getting pictures of them from my daughter-in-law, and they call me. I could call my friend Toby to talk. The young family down the block or my family calls to ask if I need anything. The truth is I am hearing from several people regularly, maybe too much. But I know I can always call or email them if I want. Maybe I don’t have to worry about this.
  • Practice belly breathing, a relaxation technique. This helps calm the nerves.
    • Lie down or sit comfortably.
    • Close your eyes and breathe in through your nose for a count of 3 or 4 and fill your stomach with air like a balloon.
    • Breathe out through your mouth for a count of 5 or 6 and watch the “balloon” deflate. It’s essential to take the extra few seconds to breathe out to avoid hyperventilating or lightheadedness.
    • If you can’t belly breathe, sit or lie down and breathe without inflating your stomach, but with the same slowing rhythm.
  • Contact someone they know and offer reassurance to them that this too shall pass.
Be aware that is a scary time for everyone. Let’s make the extra effort to check on those who live alone, especially seniors. To keep our mind and body healthy, we all must maintain social contacts in whatever form they may be. Stay home and stay safe.
Sandy Rosenholz, Senior Resources CA, Inc., helps seniors and their families in the greater Los Angeles area find senior communities that will make their life healthier, happier and safer no matter what their age. Contact Sandy at (818) 359-2125 or email

Covid-19 Los Angeles Community Resources
This document was created by people who are committed to our community's health. :)  Click title to read!


Information on Covid-19 From Johns Hopkins Hospital: 

* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).

By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.

* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

* NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.

* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only
-between 3 hours (fabric and porous),
-4 hours (copper and wood)
-24 hours (cardboard),
- 42 hours (metal) and
-72 hours (plastic).

But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.

* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.

They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.

* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

* LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.

* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

* You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.

* You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.

* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.


Open Businesses in Sherman Oaks
This document was created by the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce.  Updated from last week. Click title to read!

These sites deliver from restaurants that are still open during this time. Sign up for an account to see what's available. 
Grubhub  |  Doordash  |  Caviar  |  UberEats  |  Postmates 
7226 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA, 91303

We have great news!
Due to the large demands of deliveries this past week, we decided to go and continue to deliver every day of the week!
Order for a minimum of $40
Bread,  morning pastries and lunch!
Order the day before, before 9pm and get delivered the next day between 9am-4pm.
There will be no contact with our driver.
Once he leaves the delivery in front of your door, he will give you a call.
All our food is handled with gloves
The delivery will be free of charge during COVID19.

Los Angeles City Advisory: COVID-19: How to stay safe and help prevent spread of the novel coronavirus

Para leer esta información en esp añol, visite

Good afternoon, 

The City of Los Angeles is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the County Office of Emergency Management to share updates, guidance and information about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. 

What we know:


  • COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath — and may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
  • Person-to-person spread mainly occurs via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes (similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread). In rare cases, it may be possible that COVID-19 can be transmitted by touching an infected surface or object.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most ill. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms.
  • Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) are not recommending personal face masks be used by individuals who do not have prolonged exposure to individuals who have been identified as at risk.


What you can do:

You can help reduce the spread of the virus by taking a few simple actions.

Use healthy hygiene practices

If you are sick, stay home. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your

 eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your cough or sneeze. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Plan ahead

As Angelenos living in earthquake country, we know the importance of personal preparedness on any given day. Have extra food, medical supplies, and emergency kits. Talk to your family, friends, and neighbors to develop emergency plans.

Monitor your health

If you have recently traveled in an area with coronavirus infections, OR been in contact with someone who has tested positive, OR are showing symptoms, monitor your health and contact a medical professional. If you are having difficulty breathing or keeping fluids down, go to an emergency room or call 911. Otherwise, it is better to call your doctor before going in to seek care.

Keep your distance

Practice social distancing, such as keeping six feet between yourself and others, avoid shaking hands, and avoid crowded areas. If you have a chronic disease, like lung disease, diabetes, cancer, a compromised immune system, are over 60 or pregnant, avoid unnecessary travel, unnecessary gatherings and events.

Stay informed

Stick with official sources for accurate and up-to-date information, including and You can sign up for our City’s Mass notification system at


What the City is doing:

Beginning today, Mayor Garcetti has instructed City Departments to implement statewide guidance and safety measures in our City policies to limit the spread of the virus. 

City Hall will be closed to members of the public, except for public meetings of the City Council, and board and commission meetings will transition to accessible phone or video conference sessions that will allow constituents to make comments, ask questions, and engage with local leaders. 

Additionally, the City is deploying hand-washing and sanitizing stations in City-owned public buildings and limiting gatherings and entry of visitors into public buildings to no more than 50 people at a time. 

Thank you for all you are doing to keep Angelenos healthy and safe. These guidelines are designed to protect our most vulnerable neighbors. Our city is strong, and we will get through this together. 

WDACS Covid-19 Services & Resources

Services for Older and Dependent Adults  
We are providing free meals to older adults age 60 and older who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Call 1-800-510-2020 for assistance with meal services.
Meals are provided either at distribution sites or via home-delivered meals.  We’re transitioning to home-delivered meals at most locations. Click here for a map with information about our meal services in your community.

WDACS is providing emergency food assistance at 8 community and senior centers. Visit here to learn more and find locations.

If you are concerned that someone you care about may be the victim of elder or dependent adult abuse, don’t be silent. Our Adult Protective Services team responds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-877-477-3646 to report abuse.

Support for Job Seekers and Businesses
The County launched a new virtual one-stop shop to provide help for business owners and workers affected by Covid-19. Visit or call 1-833-238-4450 for more information.

In alignment with the County’s Safer At Home order, our America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs) have launched expanded virtual services and will no longer accommodate walk-in clients. Visit here to access virtual services.

Preventing Stigma and Hate During Covid-19
As we work to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we also need to contain the spread of fear, hostility, discrimination and hate that is at times happening in our communities and throughout the nation.

If you or someone you know experience a hate crime, report it by calling 211. The LA County 211 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week with trained Community Resource Advisors who can provide services in multiple languages.

Mediation Services
WDACS partners with 9 agencies to provide mediation services to residents and businesses across the County. We are currently providing community and landlord-tenant mediation services. Mediation services at the courts are closed.
To request mediation services, please call 213-738-2621. Click Here for a list of agencies and phone numbers.

Services for Native Americans 
Gabrieleno Tongva Tribal Council (626-286-1632), Pukuu Cultural Community Services (818-336-6105) and United American Indian Involvement (213-202-3970) provide services to alleviate poverty (i.e. emergency shelter, food, employment assistance etc.) in the Native American Indian Community.

Pukuu Cultural Community Services is providing emergency services in direct response to the Covid-19 epidemic to eligible individuals including delivering groceries to homebound elders, providing food vouchers and rental assistance.

Going out to shop is better left to the young and more immune right now.  Instacart delivers food and supplies right to your door.  Please disinfect anything coming into your home via delivery during the outbreak. 
How do I clean my groceries that someone delivers to my home?  How do I clean groceries that I shopped for?

PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic:
This video shows how to do it.  Now, there's conflicting information out there - the following video *may* be overkill, we still don't know, but it's definitely the safest way to go about things.  Anytime you purchase something non-perishable that you don't need to use or eat right away, you can put it in your garage or backyard for a few days and the virus will die during that time. You won't need to disinfect things that stay untouched for a while. 

Learn how to be extra careful here.
Estate Planning, Basic Life and the Impact on These by Covid-19
A Free Public Service Message by Estate Planning Attorney, Maria Primushko from MVP Law Group, A PC
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, me and my team at MVP Law Group are providing a free public service given the impact that it is having on our vulnerable society, particularly our senior citizens and people with special needs, not only from a legal standpoint but also on basic day-to-day needs.
If you or a loved one live in and around the San Fernando Valley or Conejo Valley and have been impacted by the coronavirus due to social distancing and public quarantine from an abundance of caution, and you need ANY assistance, please call us! We will run your errands, do your shopping, collect your medication or meals and deliver these to you – whatever you need – PLEASE call us for this free service at (818) 788-7881 during business hours or by sending a message on our Facebook Page.
The coronavirus crisis has created a real urgency and therefore you must protect yourself and your loved ones now, more than ever. As part of our public service efforts, we are also providing ESSENTIAL Estate Planning documents, free of charge for seniors as listed and explained below. 

Another thing that will allow you to rest easier is to ensure that you and your loved ones have their basic estate planning is in order. That way, if needed someone can step in and make decisions to keep the family healthy and functioning.  Everyone should have these three basic documents, regardless of age, state of health and level of wealth or the lack thereof:
  • You should have a Power of Attorney for Pproperty. This would allow someone, your “agent”, to pay your bills and make other time-sensitive decisions during a period of your incapacity.
  • You should have a Healthcare Power of Attorney. This would allow your “agent” to make medical decisions for you (in consultation with your physicians) if you were unable to make those decisions for yourself.
  • You should have a HIPAA Power which authorizes those you designate to access your protected health information.
Of course, after you take these simple steps, then you can consider a more thorough approach to your estate plan, like a trust or will, beneficiary designations, etc.
In addition, I am providing free 30-minute phone or virtual online consultations regarding your personal estate plan if you have any questions.
This is the time where true human spirit puts kindness above profits and as always, regardless of a crisis we embrace all citizens as our neighbors and not just as clients.  I wish you all health and safety during this perilous time and I have faith that as a united community, we will overcome this global and mammoth crisis.

LA Food Pantry sees a 300% increase in demand for food


Apparently due to people losing their jobs because of the coronavirus, the Congregational Church of Chatsworth in Los Angeles has seen a 300% increase in demand for food at its Food Pantry. As a result, the Food Pantry is in need of canned goods and financial assistance to buy more food. “We want to do all we can to help people during these trying times,” says Rev. Bill Freeman. “We know other food pantries are running low on food too.” The church, like other houses of worship, is forgoing holding traditional worship services, and is instead offering online worship services, including sermons, on the church’s website ( However, the food pantry is open Saturdays, Noon till 5 p.m., distributing food to people in need. The food pantry is also open for drop offs of food, and financial assistance to purchase more food, 7 days a week at 20440 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

Read the Guidelines:
Coronavirus Crisis: Visitation Guidelines for Residential Care, Assisted Living, and Board and Care Facilities for the Elderly as of March 16, 2020
COVID-19 Tips for Family Members and Loved Ones
In light of the recent developments of COVID‐19 in the U.S., senior care facilities across the country are urging family members and loved ones to refrain from visiting residents. To help navigate these challenging times, our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Noah Marco developed the following tips for family members of residents of senior communities.

Read More
UPDATED: Coronavirus Consumer Issues - DO NOT GET SCAMMED

As we grapple with uncertainty and fear about coronavirus, scammers are trying to cash in. On Friday City Attorney Mike Feuer stood with District Attorney Jackie Lacey and the Consumer Protection team in our office to warn Angelenos about the numerous ways people are trying to take advantage of this crisis – with alleged cures and treatments, phishing emails after your credit card and personal info, lots of misinformation – and how we’re fighting back. At this time, the last thing people should have to worry about it is being ripped off.  < NEW INFORMATION
Share Facts, Not Fear
click here to see the CDC's Key Facts
 Links and phone numbers are clickable. Call straight from your smart phone or enter their menu and order up :)
Thank you so much. Take Care!

Restaurants- Take out/Curbside/Deliver NO DINE IN
Restaurants have been wonderful community partners.  Donating to our kids’ events, community festivals and celebrations are just part of what they do. Now is a great time to make sure they keep their doors open and can return to business as usual after this crisis.
How can you help:
  •         Order take out and delivery
  •         Buy gift cards
  •         Positive reviews and shout outs on social media!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Postmates GrubHub DoorDash

Bucca di Beppo
17500 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
(818) 995-3288

Cafe Leza
Chef-food delivery and online
baked goods avail to order

California Pizza Kitchen
18800 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA 91356

Cavaretta's Italian Deli
22045 Sherman Way
Canoga Park CA 91303
Phone: (818)340-6626
takeout and delivery.

Corner Bakery Cafe
6100 Topanga Canyon Pl #1330
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Cricca's Deli
4876 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills CA 91364
Phone: (818)340-0515
We still have delivery through GrubHub and ChowNow
phone orders for pick up and curbside 11 am-6 pm
sliced meats and cheeses to make their own

Dog Haus
6501 Topanga Canyon Blvd,
Canoga Park, CA 91303
818 340 4287
Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm 
How to order:  - Order online pickup/ delivery.
Additional delivery Postmates, DoorDash, GrubHub, and Uber Eats Offering Take Out, Delivery, and Curbside
Sam Makarem
9250 Reseda Boulevard
Northridge CA 91324
Take out, Free deliveries.

Eureka! Woodland Hills
6250 Topanga Cyn. Blvd.
Woodland Hills CA 91367
Enjoy Eureka! Couch-side & Receive 20% Off Takeout!

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
6373 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills CA 91367
We are open for takeout 12p-4pm with a limited menu .
Curbside pickup until March 31
Order now and receive a $40 credit min purchase of $100
until March 31st.
Sandra Cordero
21150 Ventura Boulevard
Woodland Hills CA 91364
Member Since: August 2015 Buy a meal for a healthcare worker through Gasolina Cafe! You can buy a meal at
There are ways you can support us to ensure
we are here for you in the future. Buy an ONLINE GIFT CARD to use down the line or gift it to a loved one to use today.

Grandi Italiani
21730 Sherman Way
Canoga Park CA 91303
Phone: (747)230-8081

Greco’s New York Pizzeria
(818) 344-2290
19325 Ventura Boulevard
Tarzana CA 91356
HQ Gastropub
20969 Ventura Blvd., Unit 32
Woodland Hills CA 91364
Phone: (818)876-9521
HQ Mixed Craft cocktails to-go! Grab a Bloody Mary, Margarita
or one of our Famous Craft Cocktails and wines to-go! 30% off Bottles of Wine.
HQ Regulars and Local Community...Craving your Favs?!
#SupportLocal Take out available Thursday-Sunday 12pm-7pm
GrubHub, DoorDash, UberEats and Postmates. contact our stores to pick up.
Beer and Wine take-out must show proper ID (over 21 years of age).
Italian Ice Shoppe
Italian Ice Shoppe
19942 1/2 Ventura Boulevard
Woodland Hills CA 91364
Phone: (818)914-5492   Fax: (310)264-0100
Store Hours 1pm - 9pm
Delivery Services with Postmates, GRUBHUB & UberEats.

JOEY Woodland Hills

6344 Topanga Canyon Boulevard,
Woodland Hills CA 91367
Phone: (818)340-5639
Local Peasant, The
(818) 876-0105
22901 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills CA 91364
Stay 'safer at home'.
March 20th from 12pm to 8pm!
For your safety and comfort,
we have many ways to
place & pick-up your order.
Order options:
• Stop by and order in person.
• Call us directly
• Place your delivery order through Postmates, GrubHub, UberEats, DoorDash, and Caviar.

Maggiano's Little Italy
(818) 887-3777 
6100 Topanga Cyn Blvd.
Woodland Hills CA 91367
Carryout, Catering, Curbside, Online Ordering (Maggiano’s Website and Door Dash).
Monty's Steak House (meals and groceries)
Michael Levine
(818) 716-9736 
Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills CA 91364
4 PM – 8 PM Curbside Service.
order online and have food delivered
bring it out curbside for you!
grocery shopping with us.
Steaks, Chops, produce and Bottles of wine!

Mort's Delicatessen & Restaurant
Lana Pavlick
(818) 345-3700
18452 Clark St.
Tarzana CA 91356

Nothing Bundt Cakes
Bonnie Abel
(818) 340-2253
6524 Platt Avenue
West Hills CA 91307

Old New York Deli & Bakery Co.
Miguel Ramirez
(818) 887-3354
6209 Topanga Canyon
Woodland Hills CA 91367

Panini Kabob Grill
Gloria Sanchez
(818) 992-3330
21600 Victory Boulevard
Woodland Hills CA 91367

Paolis Pizzeria & Piano Bar
Angela Blair
(818) 883-4136
21020 Ventura Boulevard
Woodland Hills CA 91364
Takeout orders available.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., #1360
Woodland Hills CA 91367-3627
4-8:30 PM 25% off $75+
Order Takeout

6405 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills CA 91307
Takeout, Curbside and Free Delivery for 15 or more
We’re also offering special meal packages for 2. 
(Sun-Thu, 11 am to 9:30 pm; Fri-Sat, 11 am to 10 pm. 
Our dedicated Catering Office is open daily, including weekends, from 9 am to 5 pm. 
Always happy to serve! 
18598 Ventura Boulevard
Tarzana, CA 91356
818 881-6278
We are open for to go orders and Postmates

Wine Retailer

Malibu Wine and Beer Garden
23130 Sherman Way
West Hills, Ca 91307
(818) 578-4146
12p-6p Daily (7 days a week)

Two Doughs Pizza
C/o Malibu Wines and Beer Garden

23130 Sherman Way 
West Hills, Ca 91307
(818) 851-1052 or Email:
12p-6p Friday, Saturday and Sunday
NABU Wines
2649 Townsgate Rd #200
Westlake Village, CA 91361
We are offering curbside and started delivery at the winery.
Tarzana Wine & Spirits
Simon Shamoun
18839 Ventura Blvd
Phone: (818)342-0355  
We are still open 9 AM - 9 PM until we are told otherwise, if the need arises and you prefer to stay home, 
we offer deliveries to the immediate surrounding areas utilizing Doordash or postmates through our website You can call us and we will have your order ready.
Total Wine & More
6232 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Suite 1380
Woodland Hills CA 91367
~Total Wine & More will remain open
~Hours subject to change but we are currently 10a-9p
~We have lots of bulk WATER. Delivery and pick-up options at
~Special assistance to the elderly and those with special needs available upon request

Home Services, Consulting, Insurance, IT & Web and Specialty
Accounting, Taxation & Business
EHB Consulting

6912 Owensmouth Ave.
Canoga Park CA 91303
Phone: (818)704-6804
We are available by telephone and e-mail.
Antiques, Jewelry and Furniture-Beaver's Den Antiques, Inc. Barbara Beaver – Cavaleri
20969 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 20
Woodland Hills CA 91364
View lovely treasures on our Instagram beaversdenantiques or Facebook  Barbara Beaver-Cavaleri. Direct messages
are welcome as well as calling/texting me on my cellphone (818) 456-6026. Free gift wrap.
Vela On Ox Apartments
21221 Oxnard Street
Woodland Hills CA 91367
Phone: (818)992-7940
Our leasing staff is still able to conduct virtual and video tours. Leasing is still open!

Auto Dealer-Winn VW Woodland Hills
21141 Ventura Boulevard
Woodland Hills CA 91364
Phone: (818)884-4444
We assure you that our services are fully operational. Contact us to schedule service, safety recalls or replacement of any safety related items that may be needed on your vehicle. Social Distancing observed. Online shopping.
Business Consultant
SmallBiz Consultancy-SBC      
Tiffany Lewis
9410 Owensmouth Ave.
Chatsworth CA 91311
Phone: (301)366-7665
Need help navigating these rough waters? I’m here for you! I’m giving away free
30min coaching calls to offer ideas to help your small biz!!

Copy & Business Machines
DATANET Consultants

Lonnie Gershfeld
18543 Denvonshire Street #222
Northridge CA 91324
Phone: (818)886-0009 
Datanet Copier & Printer Consultants will come to you and repair any brand of office equipment. You can order your toner, drums & ink from us also. Our compatible pricing is highly competitive. We can ship it and you'll get it the next day. Our industry is exempt, as we work on office equipment & computers. Sections m & n of the order.
Dog Groomer (mobile) DogGroomers On the Go!
Ms. Lisa Haberman
7657 Winnetka Avenue #275
Winnetka CA 91306

Glass Contractor Glass Etc California
Ms. Josefina Duran
8258 Louise Avenue
Northridge CA 91325
Phone: (818)705-9878   Fax: (818)654-7339
Web: www.glassetcca.comGlass Etc. will be open for regular ours If you need
any glass replacement, safety glass or any glass need please contact our office
Insurance Services
Paul Davis Insurance Services
Paul Davis
17347 Napa St.
Sherwood Forest CA 91325
Phone: (818)888-0880  
Information and resources for seniors~

Pest Control
Stargate Pest Defense

7334 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Los Angeles CA 91303
Phone: (833)773-7833
We're offering sanitizing and disinfecting services
for a discounted rate for chamber members

Web Development & Internet Marketing
Nex Web Design & Graphics
Lee Levy
Chatsworth CA 91311
NEX GRAPHICS is open to support our local community!   If you are in need of any services for your website,including updating your homepage messages, adding online ordering capabilities, or any email marketing services to stay in touch with your clients, PLEASE contact us.  We are here and available to help you during this crazy time.

5441 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills CA 91367
Curb side pick-up when you place an order online (exact change needed)
18441 Vanowen St
Reseda CA 91335
Offering Delivery & Pick-up 21+
20010 Ventura Blvd,
Woodland Hills CA 91364
Offering Delivery
RDC Collective The Syndicate (Tarzana)
18448 Oxnard Street
Tarzana CA 91356
SoCal Co-Op The Syndicate (Woodland Hills)
(818) 914-4736
6322 Fallbrook Ave
Woodland Hills CA 91356
Offering Free Delivery and Curb Side Pick-up 21+
A fellow reader has a free service to offer! 

"I am a traveling Notary and will notarize for free any senior who needs it. I have gloves Mask and a fool proof way to Notarize from afar.
I don't have to go into a house. I can visualize signature from afar  I can verify ID via text as long as I can see them from a distance. I can Pass documents / book for signature through sealed ziplock I have and LYSOL can spray whatever is needed to ensure no cross contamination.
Let me know if I can be of service to anyone"

Mary Basore
Realtor / KW Calabasas
A fellow reader has written some helpful articles! 

Creative Solutions Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis
Healthy Eating During the Coronavirus Scare

Suzi Fox
Vice President of Business Development 
Direct Line:  323-705-3444
A fellow reader has provided a resource! 

Barry Sikov of Belair Insurance Services is a Licensed and Certified Health Plan Advisor that can help Seniors as the age in to or retire in to the Medicare System. 
There is NO COST to use his services. 310-476-9720

Health & Wellness

Do you need someone to talk to? Therapy can be a helpful tool at any time, but with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and orders to shelter in place, it is now more important than ever to make sure you are staying connected to others and are caring for both your physical and mental health.

Solina Nerenberg is offering online counseling sessions that can transition to in person sessions on the Westside of Los Angeles once shelter in place orders have lifted.

Seniors with Covid-19 Show Unusual Symptoms, Doctors Say  

Kaiser Health News

Older adults with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, have several “atypical” symptoms, complicating efforts to ensure they get timely and appropriate treatment, according to physicians.

Read Article

What to Do if You Think You Have Coronavirus Symptoms

Consumer Reports

Know when to stay home and rest, when to call a doctor, and when to get tested.

Read Article

FDA Warns of Heart Risks with Trump-Promoted Malaria Drug

Associated Press

The decades-old drugs, also prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause a number of side effects, including heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage.

Read Article

Blood-Pressure Drugs are in the Crosshairs of Covid-19 Research


Scientists are baffled by how the coronavirus attacks the body - killing many patients while barely affecting others. But some are tantalized by a clue: A disproportionate number of patients hospitalized by COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, have high blood pressure.

Read Article
Here's some suggestions to think about for your physical health.
1 - Weather permitting, do go out for a brisk walk. (Keep 6 feet away from others)
2 - Cold, rainy days...stair climbing (bottom 2 stairs are okay...if actually going up and down the stairs, be careful and hold handrail..wear your aerobic shoes if you have them).
3 - Just want to be inside...march in place (pull up those knees), jog in place (again wear those aerobic shoes).
You should do 30 minutes/day of aerobic exercise to help your heart, lungs, and immune system. Don't despair. That 30 minutes can be cumulative. In other words, do your exercises in 10 minute increments. Combine some of them with a favorite television show, i.e. 3 sessions of 10 minutes each of aerobic exercise.
BDNF-The Key Protein For Memory Loss In The Aging Brain

As we age, most of us become more and more forgetful. Aging is frequently associated with cognitive decline, even in otherwise healthy & active seniors.

As a result, many independent older adults become frustrated and worried about memory loss and fear eventually being removed from their home and taken to a senior care facility, where they will be cared for by strangers throughout the remaining years of their lives.

This may sound dramatic, however studies show that the top fear seniors have is losing their independence. This fear is most likely associated with concerns about memory loss and declining physical health.

A recent survey conducted by Home Instead Senior Care Network revealed that the #1 fear aging adults have is “loss of independence”, followed by “not being able to live at home”, and the “inability to manage their own activities of daily living”. (1)

The good news is that studies also show that getting healthy sleep, mental stimulation, eating “brain power” foods and staying active can help prevent memory loss. The big question is “Can there be an underlying reason as to why, in spite of doing all of these things, that we become increasingly forgetful with age?”

New research shows that the main reason could be, as we age, we lose a brain protein called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). BDNF has been clinically studied and found to be a key protein molecule for memory in the brain. (2)

BDNF is responsible for the growth, maintenance and survival of neurons, and the creation of new neural connections. Scientific research has shown that higher levels of BDNF are linked to better memory function, learning, overall cognitive performance, and long-term brain health. BDNF also prevents apoptosis (brain cell death).
After discovering that decreased BDNF levels in the aging brain could be a critical factor for the decline in memory and mood balance, medical researchers began looking for ways to increase BDNF levels naturally.
The important thing to note here is that the research wasn’t intended to cure dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, nor replace FDA approved prescription drugs such as Risperidone, Quetiapine, Seroquel and others.
Scientific research on herbs, mushrooms, plants and vitamins resulted in several clinical studies & tests that revealed that the following nutrients supported increased levels of BDNF levels in the brain.
One herb is bacopa monneiri, often referred to as bacopa. Clinically defined, “Bacopa monnieri (L.) Pennel has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, either alone or in combination with other herbs, as a memory and learning enhancer, sedative, and anti-epileptic. It grows in wet tropical environments, and, under its common English name of water hyssop, is a popular aquarium plant. It has drawn the interest of phytotherapists and pharmacologists, and an Australian survey showed it to be one of the most popular aid for memory among 60–64-year-old consumers there”. (3)
If you’re a fan of Dr. Oz, he refers to bacopa as “the memory-boosting prescription”. That being said, one recent clinical study showed that Bacopa monnieri extract promoted hippocampus neurogenesis by elevating BDNF levels in the brain, and as an antioxidant defense against oxidative stress. (4) 
In a study published in the Neurology Journal, people with higher levels of BDNF had a 40% slower rate of memory loss and cognitive function decline as they aged compared to those with the lowest BDNF levels.(5)

In another study, Stanford University researchers studied the effect BDNF levels had on the performance of airplane pilots. In the study, they chose 144 pilots to undergo tests in a flight simulator.

The researchers found that the pilots with the highest levels of BDNF scored better than those with lower levels! Their brains were sharper than the pilots with lower BDNF levels, and their reactions were also quicker. (6)
Next is a popular mushroom called Lion’s Mane Mushroom. The world’s only nootropic mushroom, also known as H. Erinaceus or yamabushitake, is a large, white, shaggy mushroom that resembles a lion’s mane as it grows. It has both culinary and medical uses in China, India, Japan and Korea.

Lion’s mane mushrooms are enjoyed raw, cooked, dried or steeped as a tea. Their extracts are used in over-the-counter health supplements and the flavor has been described as “seafood-like,” often comparing it to crab or lobster.

Studies show that lion’s mane mushroom can support your brain health by stimulating the creation of two important compounds: nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). (7)

 A double-blinded clinical study has shown that taking Lion’s Mane was effective in improving mild cognitive impairment in 50- to 80-year-old Japanese patients. (8) 

30 adults were randomized into two 15-person groups. One group took Lion’s Mane and the other group took a placebo. At the end of the study, the subjects were observed for the next 4 weeks. The Lion’s Mane group had significantly increased their scores on the cognitive function scale!. (9)

Further research revealed that a tree bark called French Maritime Pine Bark, also known as Pycnogenol, increases BDNF levels.(10) And. No! You don’t have to chew the bark to get its brain-boosting effect. The liquid is extracted from the inner bark and is also used to help prevent diabetes and acts as an anti-aging agent in skin creams.

Additional research has shown that there are another 5-star, all-natural brain nutrients, that can help increase levels of BDNF. They are vitamin B-6, L-Theanine, Citicoline, ALCAR & NALT. If you were to take all 8 nutrients daily, just imagine the boost in BDNF levels you would be giving your brain.

I tried buying all 8 nutrients separately and it was costly (about $180/month) and time consuming, plus I had to keep track of each capsule! I basically had my own all-natural pharmacy cluttering my kitchen countertop or taking up cabinet space.
So, I began my own research to see if there was a supplement that possibly combined the exact 8 nutrients I researched, and discovered there are two supplements. They are Brain Power Genesis ( and MindLab Pro (Amazon). Out of the two, Brain Power Genesis is the best. It has the exact 8 ingredients and costs a little less than MindLab Pro, and it is made in the USA. The ingredients are tested & certified for purity, effectiveness and safety. MindLab Pro, unfortunately, contains an additional ingredient called Rhodelia Rosea, which made me dizzy and gave me a headache.

Taking supplements is a quick, simple and effective way to boost your BDNF levels, however exercise and healthy sleep is also recommended and shown to help increase BDNF levels. If you’re serious about maximizing your brain fitness, Brain Power Genesis also offers a complete Brain Fitness Program that includes guides, videos and a 60-day supply of supplements for $197.

One very important thing to consider before buying any supplement is to make sure it is manufactured in an FDA registered lab and that the ingredients are tested and certified for purity. This usually means that the supplement is more expensive. Cheap supplements are limited on ingredient formulation and dosage and the manufacturers often import in bulk from China.

If you have any questions or comments e-mail me at

Arts & Entertainment

TAMIR AT HOME - Live Jazz Concert
Saturday May 2, 2020 at
6pm (Pacific Time)
(you can check in and join our pre-concert text chat as early as 5:30pm)
Your private Zoom app log in (please do not share):
Zoom Meeting ID: 978-3286-2728  
Meeting Password: 156187  
Your Ticket and Zoom Tips:
Tech issues at show time?  Log in again or text (818)458-4551.
 May 2:
Sound Meditation Resources 

Discover your healing sounds here. 
More Museums, Zoos, and Gardens you can virtually visit!

Enjoy exploring museums from states and countries...  
Zoos and aquariums have live cams of various habitats, along with some educational videos about their inhabitants. (At 3pm EST there is a live Hippo Cam and Home Safari) GARDENS:
Extravagant gardens from around the world!
Love live Jazz but you're stuck inside? 
You can still catch Jazz shows from your home. 

Over the past several week’s, Sam's First Jazz Club has been working hard to create a new online concert series called SAM FIRST SOLO SESSIONS, where some of the world’s most creative performers will bring you into their home for a unique hour of music that will be streamed live, weekly. These performances take place Thursdays at 7pm (PDT), are completely free and can be accessed on the Sam First homepage,

In order to help support Sam First and all the incredible musicians and staff who have lost work due to COVID-19, we have created a virtual TIP JAR located very clearly on the Sam First homepage. 50% of every donation made will support the musicians whose performances were cancelled during this time. The other 50% will support the staff members who work diligently to make sure that you always have a memorable experience at Sam First, while also helping to recoup some of the venue's losses. By making a voluntary donation in ANY AMOUNT, you will help make sure that the people who take care of you at Sam First, are also being taken care of during this difficult time.

A recording shared by reader by a reader of a Happy, Jazzy Easter Parade:

Listen Here

Join my online concert Friday 4/17!


Friday, April 17 at 6pm Pacific Time
A Live Music Streaming Session by jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman
Dear Friends,

Join me Friday, April 17th at 6pm PST for a live streamed
solo piano set from my home to your living room.
The evening will include standards, originals and improvisations.
The concert will be streamed through a private link on Zoom.

We'll hang out virtually from 5:45pm, and the 50-minute
music set will start at 6pm.
I am glad to share that using Zoom's advanced audio options will allow for a more natural acoustic piano sound. That is the reason for the switch to Zoom.

TICKETS at are $20.

Please include your email address in the note and
you will receive an email with instructions and a private zoom link within a day, and a reminder on the day of the show.

See you there- looking forward to it...
The Los Angeles Public Library has a whole host of virtual resources and entertainment for you.

Remember, other cities where you don't live also are offering great resources.  If you get bored with what LA has, go ahead and start looking up other libraries and see what you can access without a library card.  Always wanted to visit Chicago?  Look up their library!  Did you move from NYC 20 years ago?  Check their website out as well.  The internet is endless and during this time libraries are working very hard to get their offerings online and accessible to everyone. 

If you have friends in other towns, you may be able to share your library card number so you can access resources at their local library and vice-versa. 
Image result for netflix logoOne of the things we love is going out to or watching a movie at home with friends and family.  Since we can't do that safely right now, we need to rely on technology to connect us.  If you use Chrome as your internet browser, there's a great extension that let's you watch movies on Netflix with your friends and family while you chat and interact about it. Please check out 
to find out more.  Send this link to friends and/or family and you will be able to sync your watching together.  It's what we have to do to protect ourselves!

Museum Asks People To Recreate Paintings With Stuff They Can Find at Home, Here Are The Results

Even though most of us are stuck at home during Coronavirus quarantine and can’t go out and enjoy art in museums, that doesn’t mean that life has to be boring or uncultured. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles challenged art fans to post photos of themselves recreating their favorite works of art from the safety of their homes. People responded with a lot of enthusiasm and flooded social media with their unique artistic interpretations.

View more here

Be delighted by the antics of our sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.
Poet and fellow reader Tedi Mae Tortolano has once again shared a poem with all of us.  Thank you for your continued contribution Tedi!


Casually, “Il Gati” strolls again atop the narrow wall ---
             With dread I watch that one day it will surely fall.
The neighbor’s dog lets out a warning bark;
            Fearlessly, sans need to heed, the cat ignores the hark.
Insistent and persistent comes out a growl dog-matic;
             The scene unfolds dramatic, soon could be --- traumatic!
Nine lives a cat can live, but who will recall, if at all?
             The cat without caution continues its care-less crawl.
Then, again, should this be charmed life No. 10 ----
            This tale’s end would be --- oh, so-o cat-astrophic!
                           #                         #                         #
BY:   Tedi Mae Skaff-Tortolano 
         April 15, 2019
1,150 Free Online Movies: Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, Etc... 

Free Movies all hosted online! 
Stuck at home because of the Coronavirus? Getting a little antsy? How about traveling to your favorite museums … on your computer! Several world-famous museums are offering "virtual" tours online. I’m featuring three here with simple instructions on how to use the websites. I’ve sent this to some of my older adult clients who are loving them. 
So, sit down, make yourself comfortable, and get whisked away to Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art, Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, and New York’s Guggenheim.
(click on this link and away you'll go!
Stay well!,
Nancy Spear

Nancy's Tech Help for Older Adults

310-365-9951 • •  

All the virtual concerts, plays, museums and other culture you can enjoy from home - click here!

Going stir crazy at home? Kids need to be entertained? So much of what we love about living in LA is having amazing places to visit, and now, you can experience it all right in your own home!  

🦒 Follow LA Zoo’s social media for fun facts, virtual tours, and stunning wildlife 

🌌 See the stars in your own backyard with the Griffith Observatory’s Weekly Sky Report 

🎭 Raise the curtain on your home stage with LA Opera’s Family Opera Time 

📚 Join LA County Library for Story Time live at 11 am and 3 pm on Facebook 

🎨 Watch short films, exhibition walkthroughs, and documentaries with LACMA@Home

🐠 Learn with the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium Online Academy


"Stay at Home Golf" 
During stressful times, staying mentally and physically active is more important than ever so please enjoy this six-part video series,
Better Golf At Home, presented by David Franks, PGA, Director of Instruction at Calabasas Country Club.
Chair Yogalates: Stretches

Join our Instructor, Ilene Berke, as she guides you through various stretches.  You will need a chair. 

Watch Here
Here are two links from personal trainer Shannon Vergun's  YouTube channel in case you'd like to do some dancing on your own:
30 Minute Bolly Belly Dance Fitness Workout with Shannon Vergun  Instagram Live class on @bellydancebliss (our bellydance troupe's account).
Papa Loves Mambo dance_brief instruction then follow along You'll have to turn this up because I didn't have my mic yet! Sorry!!!

You can also register for paid classes here.
This week, Ilene is here to guide you through some shoulder and lower back stretches.
 Instead of doing the lower back stretches on the floor, Ilene has formatted the stretches to be done on a bed or couch.
Watch here

Or if you prefer a standing routine: Join Ilene as she guides you through three standing yoga poses.  You will need a mat and a chair. 
Watch here

The readers of Suddenly 65 have been provided with a free fitness resource from Grow Young Fitness.

They have offered us these chair courses because they are confident that their online chair exercise program will help everyone stay happier, healthier, and safer during these uncertain times.


Here is the special link that was created just for us:   


Everyone who signs up will have access to:

·  A virtual personal trainer (24/7)

·  VIP support (7 days a week)

·  Our Facebook Group (Great for Socializing & Motivation)

·  An individual profile that tracks their own personal progress.

·  A “Comment” section so they can interact & ask questions inside the program.

·  Our COVID-19 initiative is granting all residents access to the entire program for 30 days, totally free. (No payment information required)    

If you have any questions about the program, send an email to where our support team will take care of them.

The OLLI program will be offering a virtual program this Spring! They will be providing one online class per day, beginning this week. This is a free program.
These classes will be held through Zoom, which is an online video sharing tool. You do not need to register for the classes, you simply click on a link a few minutes before start time and you are ready!
For more information and training on how to use Zoom, clink on the link below:
Four Exercises that focus on Strength, Mobility, and Balance

View here:
Virtual Continuing Education Courses from Brookdale Senior Living Inc.
To better serve medical professionals, we’re including two virtual Continuing Education program options this month, which are accessible via high-speed internet and any browser.
Solving the Mystery of Polypharmacy
Adults are living longer and with multiple chronic health conditions, which can necessitate the ongoing use of multiple medications, or polypharmacy. Hear Kim Elliot and Todd King discuss the challenges of helping older adults balance their health and wellness when they’re on multiple medications.
Register Today 
Helping People Grieve
Grief takes many forms, and while there are some similar experiences, grief is different for each individual. Learn how you can support those dealing with grief by signing up for this month’s continuing education course.
Register Today 

SFVACC Classes

Right Brain Figure Drawing Online- MONDAYS - 10:00
AM - 12:30 PM 

Adria Becker, Co-op 7 Instructor

Explore innovative concepts of expression using multimedia:  charcoal, pastel, ink and collage. Students with any level of experience. Explore innovative life drawing concepts of expression. Receive perceptual training.  Release your creativity.  Study masters and graphic theory.  Benefit from discussion and critique.  Work from live models. Sessions are on Mondays.

Materials list AC7 RIGHT BRAIN FIGURE DRAWING MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES LIST.pdf.  Model fee is included in online price.

Call 818-885-8306 with inquiries.

Classes on Monday

APRIL 20, 27

MAY 4, 11, 18

JUNE 1, 8, 15, 22

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


PRICE: $198 To register click Artist Co-Op 7 Right Brain Figure Drawing Online with Adria Becker


Watercolor Painting Online– TUESDAYS - 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

Jeanne Hahn, Co-op 7 Instructor

Explore the versatility of watercolor with a sense of play and experimentation. Learn techniques that encourage a natural extension of individual sensitivity. Topics include introduction to watercolor, recognition and execution of good design and composition, right-brain techniques, and reinforcement of creative imagination.  Sessions are on Tuesdays.

Materials list AC7 WatercolorPaintingMaterialsList2015.pdf.   

Call 818-885-8306 with inquiries.

APRIL 21, 28

MAY 5, 12, 19

JUNE 2, 9, 16, 23

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

PRICE: $135  To register click Artist Co-Op 7 Online Watercolor Painting with Jeanne Hahn


Painting & Drawing Online - THURSDAYS - 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

 Debbi Saunders & Terri Oates, Co-op 7 Instructors

An experimental, in-depth workshop for beginning and advanced students who appreciate the right-brain approach to art and a less structured class.  Course examines creative approaches and stresses independent work at the student’s own pace.  Personal introspection is encouraged to tap artistic talents.  New students must discuss supply needs with associate instructor Terri Candelario-Oates (818) 342-5933 or (818) 521-6495 or Debbi Saunders (818) 903-3110 prior to first class, and will be assisted in class by the Teaching Team instructors. Sessions are on THURSDAYS.

Materials list PD Materials list 2019 05 26 USE.pdf  

Contact  818-885-8306 with inquiries.

APRIL 23, 30

MAY 7, 14, 21

JUNE 4, 11, 18, 25

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

PRICE: $135  To register click Artist Co-Op 7 Painting & Drawing Online with Terri Candelario-Oates & Debbi Saunders

Aggie Winston, Certified Buff Bones Instructor

Join our Buff Bones instructor, Aggie Winston, for a short intro to the new Buff Bones Seated Chair program. We will be offering this program in the Fall. This workout will help you improve your balance, stretch, and strengthen your core.
1,500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities 

Use this time to grow your knowledge for free! 
Yoga for Seniors - Slow and Gentle Yoga

Carve out some time on the mat for this relaxing and gentle 28 minute Yoga With Adriene practice. Relieve stress, cultivate a clear mind and a strong body.
Live Webinar on Solutions for Managing Peripheral Neuropathy
March 24th @ Noon
60 Minute Yoga Glass - Vinyasa 1 Beginner Flow

Whether you're newer to yoga or want to focus on the foundations of the asanas (poses), this is a solid level 1 / beginner's vinyasa flow class to practice. Some of these students have been practicing for years and add on to these poses. Be sure to listen to your body, breathe, and take breaks when you need them! If there are too many downdogs or chaturangas (high to low push-up), skip them! 
Seated Exercises for Older Adults
As we age, physical activity helps us attain our goals, maintain our functioning and promote comfort. In addition, routine exercise can help reduce arthritis pain, improve mood, sleep and blood sugar control, as well as affect memory. This video includes both balance and strengthening exercises, which can prevent falls and hip fractures. This video is appropriate for those older adults who cannot stand or who need support when standing.
Chair Yogalates with Ilene Berke
Join our Chair Yogalates instructor, Ilene Berke, in shoulder stretches   and sun salutations!

Schools- Computer/ Music/ Courses from Home
School of Rock / Woodland Hills
Phil Christie
(818) 424-3378
6727 Fallbrook Avenue
West Hills CA 91307
SoundCheck Music School
Electra Barakos
(747) 226-1430
7831 Alabama Ave Studio
Canoga Park 91304
Perin Lal
Official Zoom Meeting code: 419-210-9776

We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym
Dina Kimmel
5520 Crebs Avenue
Tarzana CA 91356
Phone: (818)708-0860
We are extending this FREE break time and drop off services offer to ALL healthcare professionals, first responders, grocery store workers, and essential emergency personnel that are required to work as they risk their lives to save ours.


Stay Calm / Stay Fit at Home
Alisa Prewitt and Associates
5850 Canoga Ave Ste 400
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Office:  323-924-9464
We provide speech therapy services via telepractice. 
Equipment needed:  WIFI device- computer, iPad, phone

American Urgent Care Center
Sheila Newman     
(818) 600-8343  
18840 Ventura Boulevard
Tarzana CA 91356
Open from 10 am to 5pm Monday to Friday
and 10 am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday for now.
Healing with a Purpose Therapy
Sarit Fassazadeh
17514 Venture Blvd. Suite 101
Encino CA 91316
Health and Healing DPC
Aimee Ostick
21400 Ventura Blvd Ste. C
Woodland Hills CA 91364
Beth Hazelton
Everlasting Health
West Hills CA 91307
Lila Ackerman Transformational Life
and Health Master Coach

8423 Statley St
West Hills CA 91304
Home workouts, Food prep, Cleansing recipes,
Calming techniques

Martina Eberhard, MSOM, Lac
Your Partner in Health
20700 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA
herbal consultations via FaceTime and Skype
video conference with patients, shipping

Fitness Teleconference / FaceTime/ Videos
Conni Ponturo
Absolute Pilates Upstairs
Core Power Yoga
Daniel Villeda
PT Woodland Hills
Yoga with Adriene
Tarzana (818)457-6900
Woodland Hills (818)337-3571
Classes are going live!
Instructor: Ilene Berke,
Certified Yoga Therapist, and Certified Pilates and MELT instructor.
Ilene will kick off our Fitness Friday's with an easy to follow breathing routine and some band exercises to stretch the legs and feet.
Chair Yogalates: Breathing Exercises
Chair Yogalates: Band Stretches
Alzheimer's Association

Support Groups and Education Classes
Phone and video conferencing options! 

Online resources for caregivers
Alzheimer's LA is offering free online/ telephone classes and support groups to help families and individuals during this time. 
Here are the details:
Alzheimer's Los Angeles
Please join us for our Learning@Home. A distance learning series hosted by Alzheimer’s Los Angeles 
Join us by Webinar or Telephone Call 
A Link and phone number will be sent to you upon registration
To RSVP call 844.HELP.ALZ (844-435-7259) or email 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2020 AT 10:00 AM 
Keeping Your Brain Healthy 
Learn ten tips on how to keep your memory strong as you age. Hear about how lifestyle choices can affect your risk for dementia. Several interactive brain games are included. 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2020 AT 1:00 PM 
Keeping Your Brain Healthy (SPANISH)
Learn ten tips on how to keep your memory strong as you age. Hear about how lifestyle choices can affect your risk for dementia. Several interactive brain games are included. 
FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020 AT 10:00 AM 
Memory Loss & Alzheimer's: Let's Talk! 
Learn about the warning signs of dementia. We will discuss the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, what causes memory loss, and the process of a diagnosis. 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020 AT 10:00 AM 
Behaviors & Alzheimer’s Disease 
Many behaviors arise with dementia that are difficult to understand. Using the IDEA! strategy, this talk provides tools to help manage difficult behaviors.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020 AT 1:00 PM
Memory Loss & Alzheimer's: Let's Talk! (SPANISH)
Learn about the warning signs of dementia. We will discuss the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, what causes memory loss, and the process of a diagnosis. 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020 AT 10:00 AM 
Lost Memories: Short film & discussion 
Follow the Ramirez family as they begin to see signs of memory loss in grandmother. See the challenges families face, the process of a diagnosis, and how a family can come together to support each other. 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020 AT 1:00 PM
Lost Memories: Short film & discussion (SPANISH)
Follow the Ramirez family as they begin to see signs of memory loss in grandmother. See the challenges families face, the process of a diagnosis, and how a family can come together to support each other. 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020 AT 10:00 AM 
Communication & Dementia 
There are specific communication difficulties that arise with dementia. Listen to a variety of strategies that help improve communication with a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. 
Free Telephone Call Education on Brain Health, Caregiving and Dementia 
Alzheimer’s Los Angeles will be providing talks hosted by Personal Assistance Services Council (PASC)
The monthly talks will be available in English and in Spanish 
Please call 877-466-3931 to listen to the call. There is no passcode. 
You may call in 5 minutes prior to the talk. 
May 14 - 3pm-5pm - Making Home Safe for a Person with Alzheimer’s (in English) 
May 21 - 3pm-5pm - Making Home Safe for a Person with Alzheimer’s (in Spanish) 
Learn how you can make changes in your home, use technology and make adjustments to increase the safety in your home when living with someone with dementia. 
June 18 - 3pm-5pm - Communication and Dementia ( in English) 
June 25 - 3pm-5pm - Communication and Dementia ( in Spanish) 
July 16 - 3pm-5pm - Behaviors & Alzheimer’s Disease (in English) 
July 23 - 3pm-5pm - Behaviors & Alzheimer’s Disease (in Spanish

Social Events & Tools

Ocean Meditation Full Body Relaxation with Love for YOU!

Scroll down the page and watch the video to relax. Press play, then pause and give it some time to load before watching if you have troubles getting it to play.

Click here for a virtual vacation. 
Covid 19 Community Support Sessions

Modern Health is hosting a series of free Community Support Sessions aimed at helping people cope with the challenges and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. These sessions are designed to equip participants with meaningful strategies to overcome stress or anxiety they may be facing across various areas of their lives. We have arranged for our coaches and therapists to provide advice on how to best approach these important areas of interest and to answer questions that may come up from our community.

Watch here
Online Community Support for LGBTQ People

Connect online with like minded LGBTQ folks.

San Diego Pride has also put together a great online resource package:

Alisha here again with a personal recommendation. 

I use a free app that has been a wonderful way to connect with far away friends.  During physical social distancing, even people in your neighborhood can feel far away, and this app can really help you connect. >>> <<<  Feel face to face without the germs!

I use Marco Polo to stay in touch with a group of friends who grew up together but don’t live in my area.  We’ve been able to see each other and talk every day now for the past year, and we are all so much happier and healthier for it.  I tell people about Marco Polo all the time because I just love using it. <<<< Download the free app to your mobile device, and get chatting with your friends and family! 
  • Only talk to people you know
  • Don’t give out any sensitive information online
  • Please don’t spam your contact list with invites. Reach out to friends and family whom you’d like to spend time with and ask them if they’d like to do this with you. 
  • If your grandchildren are minors, please make sure their parents are aware of their child’s Marco Polo use, as teens frequently use technology like this less responsibly when not under the eyes of adults. 😉
Miss going to Church, Temple or Mosque?  You can attend religious services online!
You might want to sign up for a Nextdoor account if you don't have one.  It will connect you with your neighborhood.  It will be especially useful during this difficult time. 

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Have Facebook?  Now would be a great time to sign up if you don't have an account. For those of you who do, there are a few new Facebook groups that have popped up to help people manage this difficult time. 

You'll need to request to join the group - you may need to answer some simple questions first.  This is just so moderators can make sure people are respectful and kind before coming into their group, so it shouldn't be a problem for any of you ;).

Distance Resistance
This group popped up to help encourage people to stay in and stay responsible.  There are daily check-ins, prompting members to share how they are feeling. Members brainstorm new ideas and connect with each other. 

The Kindness Pandemic
This one is really sweet. It's just a place to share acts of kindness and beauty that are occurring as a result of the pandemic and international lock downs. I have found it to be a wonderful escape from all the bad news. 

Wholesome Memes
Ok, this one isn't a group - it's a page you can "Like" on Facebook. Memes are sort of repeated internet jokes, visual in nature.  You may not "get" all of them, but the more time you spend looking at memes, the more you understand them.  These are 100% wholesome, quality content.  Nothing sad or mean allowed here. Lots of cute pictures.  An internet safe space for sure.

Seniors Only
This Group is for SENIORS only. Must Be 50+ to Join. Inside We Share Lots of Great Information About: - Getting the Most Out of Your Retirement - Daily Deals We Find - Discounted Rates on Services and Things We Use - FUN Ideas and Activities We've Come Across - Hilarious Pictures and Stories - Books We're Reading - Places We're Visiting - and MUCH More!

Sassy Seniors Club
Just a bunch of Sassy Seniors having fun, complaining, and remembering. YOU MUST BE 60 OR OVER TO JOIN THIS GROUP!

Baby Boomer Fun Events
Submitted by a reader. Filled with celebrity videos. 
If you're feeling adventurous, you can try talking to strangers online. We warn you - we, nor the chat services can promise that all content is appropriate - we ARE talking about strangers on the internet after all. 

The following services work very similarly, but each have their own twist on it: You enter a chat room and are randomly assigned to another person from somewhere in the world.  You can talk, sing, play piano, make faces, argue - whatever you want.

17 Best Video Chatting Apps to Keep You Sane While Social Distancing During Coronavirus Pandemic 

Click here to read about all of them.  Talk to your friends and family to see if they already have a favorite they use.  These tools should not be underestimated - they can quickly and easily bring connection between people who are across the planet or right next door. 
A reader has given us a resource!

In an effort to help people during the coronavirus pandemic, I have prepared a free educational resource to forward to homebound parents and students.  I am a retired mathematics professor and a prolific author of short word puzzle books.  Two of the books, Middle School Word Puzzles and Brain Warmer Uppers, are geared to age and reading levels of many impacted families.  I would like to send you a PDF of 100 short word puzzles with answers, selected from these books.  Please feel free to visit to vet this message. 

Download Puzzles Here
Like cute things?  Here you go!
Want to Laugh? 

Check out some humor sites just for you. 


It is an upscale senior living community, offering high-quality independent and assisted living.  At Fairwinds - West Hills, retirement looks a little different.  The community is warm and inviting, yet active and fun, giving residents the comfort, care and security they need to make every day of retirement nothing less than an adventure. 

For a complimentary tour and lunch, please contact Rick or Lisa at 818 713 0900.  Visit their website here for more information.


Senior Classifieds


One on One Transportation from your home OR pickup point *ROUNDTRIP ONLY*. Use this customized service to go from door to door to doctor appointments, for errands, to visit friends, to get to the grocery store OR mall, traveling at your convenience and time.

Contact BEVERLY (818) 439-1163 to further discuss your transportation needs.

Music for the Soul

Springtime is a great time to enjoy piano lessons! Reasonable rates for everyone!  
Call Nancy and bring the joy of music back into your life.
818- 281-5226.

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Estate Planning & Elder Law

Where There’s A Will, There’s Probate!


Many clients I meet think that passing on their worldly goods is a simple proposition: They write out their final wishes, then, when they die, someone ensures that their wishes are carried out. Well, unfortunately, Wills do require Probate. And there is nothing simple about Probate. It is a highly technical, complicated, public and bureaucratic process that can drown your heirs in a sea of red tape. You may be eligible for a short-form Probate only if you have a small estate, which in California must be valued at less than $150,000.

In Los Angeles County it takes almost two years to complete the probate process and to transfer assets to the beneficiaries. It is expensive since 25-35% of the total estate is spent on various fees and involves numerous professionals including attorneys, appraisers, accountants, executors, etc. It is also very public so all your nosey neighbors and estranged relatives can find out the value of your estate, your family drama and anyone can jump in and claim their rights to inheritance.

In case you’re thinking that you can spare your heirs from the hassles of Probate by dying intestate and without a will, forget it!Your estate will still be probated whether you have a will or not and if anything,becomes more complicated.

Thankfully there are strategies for circumventing the Probate process. For example, the Revocable Living Trust is widely considered the most effective and versatile estate planning tool as it avoids the probate process.

In contrast, with a Living Trust, you safeguard your privacy, expedite the disposition of your estate, and reduce costs, etc. In addition, a Living Trust enables you to take care of your healthcare and financial needs,should you become disabled. It also allows you to maximize estate tax planning, get maximum control over the disposition of your assets, and provides fair treatment to all your heirs, which is especially relevant today given the growing number of blended families.

However, not all Living Trusts are created equal. It is important that a thorough analysis of your family’s dynamic happens before the right plan can be designed for your unique family’s situation.

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Note from Suddenly 65 and about the editorial contributor:
Maria Primushko is the founder of MVP Law Group, A PC located in Encino, California and focuses on assisting families with Estate Planning and Legacy Preservation needs as well as Personal Injury.  All opinions and contributions in this segment are provided by Maria Primushko and not the content of

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