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Walnut Creek Village Newsletter – March 2017

March 29, 2017
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY FROM WALNUT CREEK VILLAGE!

Whether you’ll eat corned beef and cabbage, toast Saint Patrick (the patron saint of Ireland who lived from AD 385-461 and died at the ripe old age – at that time – of 76), or simply wear green, we wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Editor’s pick for an Irish history lesson: How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill (1995), which details how St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and also preserved Western culture on “the isle of saints and scholars,” while Europe was being overrun by barbarians.
 
 
NEW ENGLAND SNOWSTORM CANCELS ATUL GAWANDE/VILLAGE MOVEMENT EVENT, NEW DATE PENDING
No one need remind Northern Californians that winter weather can wreak havoc with our schedules – and the same can be said for the 150 Villages across the U.S. that were set to celebrate the Village Movement 15th Anniversary with Atul Gawande, M.D., author of Being Mortal on Monday, February 13. A raging snowstorm shut down Boston and the library that was set to broadcast the live-streaming interview with Dr. Gawande – and disappointed thousands of Village elders nationwide.
The Village to Village Network, the organization that planned this broadcast, has promised to reschedule Dr. Gawande’s discussion on the value of community and opportunities as we grow older – but as yet we don’t have a date and time. Please stay tuned for an update!

LIVING ROOM CHAT: GET YOUR VILLAGE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Tuesday, March 21, 2-3:30 pm
Have you heard about Walnut Creek Village but want to talk with someone one-on-one for more information? This month we’re hosting another Living Room Chat, an informal discussion about the Village concept, plans for our spring launch and membership/volunteer opportunities. This event takes place in private homes, so please call or email us if you’re interested in attending this get-together: 925-956-1990; or email WalnutCreekVillage@gmail.com.
 
 
MARCH 23 LUNCH ‘N’ LEARN: IPADS AND IPHONES FOR SENIORS
Join us for the March 23 Lunch ‘N’ Learn to hear from Sharon Beck, founder of Mac-Senior (mac-senior.com). Sharon is dedicated to helping seniors get the most out of their iPads, iPhones and Macs, so they can stay in touch with their families through FaceTime and with the world at large through the internet. Seating is limited to 30 people, so reserve now before this fills up.
Lunch is generously provided by Atria Walnut Creek.
Where: Atria Walnut Creek, 1400 Montego, Walnut Creek
When: Thursday, March 23, 11 am – 1 pm
RSVP: Please register at the Lamorinda Village website or call 925-253-2300, by Monday, March 20, at noon. Please provide your name, phone number and email address for registration.
Parking: There is a circular drop-off driveway for mobility-challenged people, and ample street parking in the immediate neighborhood.
This program is presented by Diablo Valley Villages (Clayton Valley, Lamorinda and Walnut Creek Villages).

 
ENJOY EAST BAY INTERNATIONAL JEWISH 
FILM FESTIVAL IN PLEASANT HILL
 
The 22nd annual East Bay International Jewish Film Festival takes place March 2-12 at the Cinemark Theaters in Pleasant Hill.This year’s cinematic lineup is exceptionally strong and brings international and independent films to the big screen. You can see offerings from Argentina, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the USA. Visit http://eastbayjewishfilm.org/2017/ for the lineup and schedule, or call 925-240-3053.

BREAKING THE GENDER BIAS OF MEDICINE
 
In the January/February 2017 AARP Bulletin, Candy Sagon wrote that
in medicine, men have long ruled. From the animals used in drug trials (overwhelmingly male) to the patients enrolled in clinical trials (predominantly male) to the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment (mostly based on men), a man’s biology has been the guiding force for decades.
The result is that women have at times been misdiagnosed and even harmed, because tests, dosages, symptoms and treatments for major diseases have long been based on what medical schools and medical research still consider the archetypal patient: the 154-pound white male.
But thanks to urging by the federal government, as well as more inclusive research, medicine is beginning to look at the different ways men and women react to drugs and diseases. Women and men metabolize drugs differently, experience different side effects and derive different benefits from the same treatments – even something as common as taking a low-dose aspirin for heart attack prevention. In women, this treatment raises the risk for stomach bleeding and is better at reducing the risk for stroke than preventing a first heart attack. In men, it’s the reverse – better for preventing a first heart attack, not so good for preventing a stroke.
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FIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO HELP SENIORS LIVE INDEPENDENTLY
 
Do you know which technologies can help you live independently? AgingCare.com suggests:
1. Tablet computers, such as the Apple iPad and Microsoft Surface. If you’ve ever wanted to Skype with your grandchild who lives in a different state, there’s never been a better time to give it a try.
2. Home security systems, including motion sensors.
3. Health tracking gadgets, like Fitbit or Nike+ devices. They let active seniorsnot only monitor their physical activity throughout the day, but also set goals for themselves.
4. Monitoring services, to provide long-distance caregivers with a wealth of information, such as movement patterns and medication uses.
5. Medication dispensing systems. Do you ever find it hard to remember which medications to take and when? These systems make it easier.
Learn more:
WALNUT CREEK SENIORS CLUB MARCH MADNESS SALE
The Walnut Creek Seniors Club’s Bazaar Group holds its annual March Madness Sale March 15 and 29. Shop for great bargains in this selection of handcrafted items such as knit scarves and hats, baby and children’s items, quilts, bags and purses, kitchen décor, gifts, greeting cards, jewelry and more. The sale is held 10 am to 2 pm at the Civic Park Community Center’s Multipurpose Room (1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek). Questions? Call 925-943-5851.
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