ONEgeneration NAEYC Accreditation

Here at ONEgeneration we just had our NAEYC visit!  Our daily goal is to strive for and maintain NAEYC standards. We also have spent tireless and endless hours documenting and organizing our programs to meet NAEYC criteria. To be more exact, each classroom has a portfolio with over 417 documentation of criteria that relates to the following standards:  teachers, teaching, assessment, relationships, curriculum, physical, environment, health, leadership, families and communities. Nationwide, less than 9% of the preschools are NAEYC accredited. One of the reasons behind this low accreditation rate is the fact that many preschools do not meet the NAEYC standards which are much higher than state licensing standards. An example of these higher standards are teacher qualifications.  NAEYC requires teachers to have a minimum of an Associate of Arts Degree in Child Development, (the requirements change to a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Child Development by 2020) while the minimum requirement to become a teacher in the state of California is only 12 core child development units. NAEYC requires a 1:3 teacher to student ratio for the infants while the State of California only requires a 1:4 teacher to student.  Starting at the age of two the teacher to student ratio for NAEYC approval is 1:6 while that for the State of California is 1:12.  It is clear to see that the standards set by NAEYC set the stage for high quality care which every child needs and deserves and which is also our mission at ONEgeneration. We eagerly await the results of our NAEYC accreditation visit and will update you in our September...

Dr. Stern – July Article

The average life expectancy for an American male is 76 years; women tend to live longer. It may surprise you to learn that there are more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years of age in the U.S.. In order to lead a long and healthy life, we should: Maintain physical activity throughout life, regular exercise of 30 minutes, 5 days of the week, is recommended. Exercise the mind as well as the body. Maintain social and intellectual connections. Diet is important. Limit saturated fats. Diets rich in omega-3 fish oils are recommended. Maximize intake of fish, fruits, and vegetables. Minimize meat intake. Do not smoke. Cigarette smoke damages our DNA. It is the leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. It is responsible for cancers of the lung, esophagus, larynx, mouth, as well as bladder and pancreas. We cannot depend only upon our genes, exercise, and diet for a long and healthy life. We must avoid bad choices. Monthly article provided by Dr. David H. Stern, Stern...

Put the Squeeze on Joint Pain

by Lori Michiel, NASM-CPT   Sep 1, 2015 Stay active – isometric exercises can help, even during painful flares When I wake up some mornings, I can feel my hip or knee starting to talk to me; and the conversation doesn’t go very well. Of course the voice is louder and more irritating on cold, damp days but even when the weather is fine, I know there is still that underlying voice. I need to get moving and not let the discomfort get the best of me. It’s no secret that including strength training in your regular exercise routine can help manage arthritis symptoms – and you don’t need weights to do it. Isometric exercises can build strength with less pain. Isometric exercises allow you to contract certain muscles without moving a joint as we do in strength exercises using weights or bands. Since isometric exercises don’t apply pressure on joints, they are safe options for people with severe arthritis or those experiencing a flare up. These small motions can still deliver big results. According to a review of 35 studies published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, at-home isometric quadriceps exercises were just as effective as walking workouts in easing pain in people with knee osteoarthritis. Another study, published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, showed that arthritis patients who did isometric exercises three times a week experienced similar improvements in their range of motion, and function as those who performed traditional strength training. The “isometric group had greater reduction in pain,” says lead author Robert Topp, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research at Marquette University College. Example for your...

Thank you to The John Gogian Family Foundation

Blog [/et_pb_sidebar] Thank you to The John Gogian Family Foundation The John Gogian Family Foundation has generously contributed funds to assist in the sustainability of our programs, as well as providing matching funds in support of our updating our technology department to better serve our senior community. The John Gogian Family Foundation is a private charitable foundation dedicated to supporting community-based organizations that serve the needs of the developmentally disabled, the elderly, and abused or neglected youth within Los Angeles County. We are committed to providing a positive and lasting impact in people’s lives by enabling a safe and stable environment in which they can live and grow. The John Gogian Family Foundation was established in 1982 to further Mr. Gogian’s diverse philanthropic interests. His empathy for those less fortunate was shaped early through family life experiences that provided the inspiration for the Foundation’s work. We value this partnership with The John Gogian Foundation and extend a our appreciation to all the community members that contributed to the matching...

ONEgeneration announces $75,000 S. Mark Taper Foundation Grant

Blog [/et_pb_sidebar] ONEgeneration announces $75,000 S. Mark Taper Foundation Grant It is with great pleasure that ONEgeneration announces receipt of a $75,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation.  The historical relationship with the Foundation goes back to 1992 when it provided critical capital support which allowed for the development of the “Mark Taper Intergenerational Center” at 17400 Victory Blvd., in Van Nuys.  The Center continues today providing daily activities which unite participants of many generations.  Its long established intergenerational programs continue to be the hallmark of ONEgeneration’s mission – “to enrich the lives of seniors, children, and their families throughout our diverse community.” The new grant will assist ONEgeneration in strengthening this mission through the delivery of our existing programs which include: adult day health care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia, or other chronic conditions; meal delivery to homebound disabled adults; congregate meal delivery; transportation for seniors to critical appointments; a seniors enrichment center for active seniors; a childcare center for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years; and programs for at-risk...

Village to Village Network Partnership

Blog [/et_pb_sidebar] Village to Village Network Partnership ONEgeneration is happy to announce that it recently joined the Village-to-Village-Network and is the in the process of developing “The Southwest San Fernando Village,” a program of ONEgeneration. Numerous assistive resources and services will be available to Village members that will support their efforts to remain in their homes and communities as they age. This new membership program will be launched on March 1, 2016. There are over 190 villages in 40 states and another 185 under development and California currently has 50. For its members, ONEgeneration’s Village staff and volunteers will coordinate access to affordable services which can include transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, and social and educational activities.  The focus is to support older adults in their desire to age in their own homes as long as...

Harold’s Help Desk – Can we help you?

Blog [/et_pb_sidebar] Harold’s Help Desk – Can we help you? The ONEgeneration Harold’s Help Desk assists and refers low income seniors to public benefit programs which help pay for prescriptions, medical care, food, meals and utilities. Assistance and referral services include: Completion of various forms- Insurance/Applications Social security benefit information Veterans Services Referrals Home Chores/In-Home Supportive Services Tax Aide Assistance Mental Health Counseling Money Management Translation Assistance Medication Assistance Low income Utility Assistance Health and Wellness Programs and Activities And other relevant needs Please call Harold’s Help Desk at (818) 708-6624, or stop by the desk on October 15th or 29th in the Lobby from 8:30am to 11:30am at the Senior Enrichment Center. This service is generously sponsored by the Edelstein Family Charitable...

Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA

Blog [/et_pb_sidebar] Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA The Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA (UCLA-Easton Center) is a comprehensive research center focused on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Our mission is to: ~Improve the quality of life for patients and caregivers ~Develop new medications and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions ~Support research to better understand Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions To ensure the success of the mission, UCLA-Easton Center supports people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families through the UCLA Memory Disorders Clinic, the clinical trials program, and scientific research. UCLA Memory Disorders Clinic– The UCLA Memory Disorders Clinic specializes in the evaluation and diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment, early Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, and related disorders. We believe that an early diagnosis enables patients to take advantage of the most effective therapies and to maintain the highest level of functioning for the longest period of time. Clinical Trials – UCLA-Easton Center focus’ on the development and operation of clinical trials to study new medications that may prevent or delay the course of Alzheimer’s disease. New treatments are possible only through the voluntarily participation of patients and family members.   UCLA-Easton Center is constantly exploring new trials as we strive to remain on the cutting edge of research and the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Research– The UCLA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) is one of the major medical institutions in the United States funded by the National Institute of Aging (NIA). The focus of the ADRC is to understand more about Alzheimer’s and provide a better...

Transitioning to a new home or apartment? Tips for seniors in transition…

Blog [/et_pb_sidebar] Transitioning to a new home or apartment?  Tips for seniors in transition… 3 Steps to “Rightsize” before moving into your new home at any age (or any time of life). We are beyond loyal people in this world, holding on to memories, objects, things that take us to a place in the past.  But let’s face it, we will probably never use it again.  As time marches on, so must we.  A little organization can go a long way as we face the; “WHY’ start now”? Yes, there are mixed emotions, vulnerability and fear of the unknown or change, not only for seniors but for all of us. However, a little organization can create peacefulness, order and distress your move. ELIMINATE Donate that old sofa, free items that you no longer need.  Donate tools to local schools, shelters and even trash items that cannot be donated.  Get creative at this step and purge. CATEGORIZE Categorizing can be the ultimate inventory control, physically accounting for every item in the home.  Often integrated with “sorting,” this can also be the most time-consuming because this is where touch decisions have to be made, but this is POWERFUL step to rightsizing. Place items into clear bins categorized by; “Donation”, “Sell”, “Give to Relative” and “Keep.”  Another idea of categorizing can be to use the color code method.  For example, moving to new home can be the color yellow or sale of an item can be green. Use a simple method for sorting throughout the home that works for you. ORGANIZE: When you get to the ORGANIZE step, you should feel proud...

Check out our new Encino Farmers Market website

Blog [/et_pb_sidebar] Check out our new Encino Farmers Market website Please visit our new site with information about the farmers market, vendors and volunteer opportunities.  We appreciate your support and hope to see you any Sunday at the market located at 17400 Victory Blvd. in Van Nuys....