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Casa Sandoval knows how important it is for our residents to stay mentally engaged. We have a number of fun activities that help stimulate the brain. Read about them and the latest happenings at Casa Sandoval.

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  • A U G U S T 2 0 1 3

    Amy, your word is pres0ge. P-R-E-S-T-I-G-E, Pres0ge. Thats the sound of success at Casa Sandovals twice weekly Spelling Bee. Each Tuesday and Thursday, James Gonsalves donates his 0me on this popular

    ac0vity. Brainpower and the constant use of it is important at Casa. We design our monthly ac0vi0es so that Casa residents will u0lize their gray maKer on a regular basis. Spelling Bee is one of three very popular ac0vi0es

    organized by James. He also devotes his talent to Trivia and, on occasion, Math problem solving. Among the other brainpower ac0vi0es is mandala, which helps develop concentra0on - (Pg. 4)

    BRAINPOWER TO STAY YOUNG

    CASA UNIVERSITY

    STAND ABOVETHE CLOUDS:

    CASA UNIVERSITY (L) HELPS RESIDENTS LEARN NEW THINGS WHILE SPELLING BEE CALLS ON

    RETAINED KNOWLEDGE.

    MANDALA BLACKOUT IPAD LEARNING

    CASA CONNECTION

    James Gonsalves

  • 2 Wow, what a July we had at Casa Sandoval! The 4th of July celebration was extremely popular and youll see many images from that weeks action in this issue. I hope all of you had a good time participating in our fun and creative activities. By now youve probably all seen the new hallway decorations for Casa Sandovals Around the World in 60 Days. This ones going to be amazing! On our walls and throughout the building, well be showcasing many countries during the next few weeks. The tour list includes displays for the U.S., Greece, Turkey, Italy, Mexico, Australia, England, Russia, Japan, France, and the continent of Africa. Youll see scaled down versions of famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Taj Mahal, Victoria Falls, the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and much, much more. Itll be like seeing the real thing in miniature! This world tour is a compilation of the many special events weve hosted at Casa and will feature photos of all the residents, staff, and guests who took part in the fun. Its a chance to share the memories that make Casa Living so special. We are also making sure that we continue to upgrade the quality of activities offered to our residents. Youll see a new batch of fun and educational activities in our new calendar. As always, please feel free to suggest something new and interesting. Summer is a time for fun and excitement and this is a chance to welcome four new Casa residents: Jack Smith, Martin Santana, and Irma and Tom Lanhart. I look forward to seeing your smiles each day and pray blessings for you and your families. I love you all!Ann Villapando

    Edna Zocchi 8/03 Jean Rolf 8/04 Janet Golonka 8/09 Virginia Gonsalves 8/10 Gene Silveria 8/18 Leonard Bailey 8/18 Chris Delp 8/19 Ben Corioni 8/20

    Manuel Pontes 8/26Mary Ellen Brown 8/26Thelma Morgan 8/27Paulina Janas 8/31Gloria Surosky 8/31

    Casa ContactsAnn Villapando

    Corporate Executive Director

    Tess BarretoChief Financial Officer

    Rick ChavezCommunications Director

    Claude TroskaExecutive Chef

    Lilia SenoAdmissions Counselor

    Alondra BrisenoFront Desk/Activities Manager

    Patricia SilvaFacilities Manager

    Olivia RodriguezDining Room Manager

    510-727-1700www.casasandoval.com

    Copyright 2013

    RCFE #015600073

    Hi Casa Family! Happy Birthday!

  • 3RESOLUTIONBy Shoshi

    Wisdom comes in odd shapes and sizes: in a realization of a common destiny with our neighbors. Its an inkling that we really dont have much to complain about. A sense of power in the conquering of little things; a sense of chutzpah in the right to laugh at outrageous things while keeping respect for the private things that others use as swear words.

    We have not too long to go; one can tell that being a part of a dwindling group of seniors. Yet this is a day for resolution to smile cheerfully, to work hard at being strong, and to share our brave tears with all who would call themselves friends.

    WILLIE LOUIEWILLIE LOUIE DESERVES AN EXTRA SPECIAL MEASURE OF THANKS. AS A PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT, WILLIE WAS ONE OF OUR BEST SOLDIERS IN WWII. WILLIE STAYS IN SHAPE BY HITTING THE TREADMILL DAILY AND LOOKS AS VIBRANT AS HE DID WHEN HE WORE THE UNIFORM.

    ROSE SOUSAIF YOURE LOOKING FOR A SMILE AND A GOOD HEART, LOOK FOR ROSE. THIS 4-YEAR CASA RESIDENT IS A FIXTURE AT CASA NEWS, CASA UNIVERSITY, AND AT ALL OF OUR PATIO EVENTS. ROSE AND OLE WERE MARRIED FOR 65 YEARS AND RAISED A BEAUTIFUL AND SUCCESSFUL FAMILY.

    HARLAN SMITH

    HARLAN IS AN OL HAND WHO WORKED MORE THAN 40 YEARS FOR LOARDS ICE CREAM. HES ORIGINALLY FROM KANSAS, WHERE HE RODE HORSES ON THE FAMILY RANCH. HE STILL LOOKS LIKE HE COULD RUSTLE UP A HERD OR TWO AND MOVE THEM ALONG ON THE CHISHOLM TRAIL.

  • 4TESLA MODEL S

    Brainpower to Stay Young (cont.)

    (From Pg. 1)while leaving room for crea0vity. Three of our other popular ac0vi0es are CASA News, Casa University and Champion for Seniors. (See page 6) Each day, Rick Chavez delivers a 15-minute newscast, packaging current stories and events with relevant commentary and extrac0ng life experiences from the residents. Casa University is in session each Wednesday morning and features a short backgrounder followed by a special topical video. All of the videos are broadcast quality and can range in subject material from science to history to medicine to sports and everything inbetween. A more casual version of Casa U. is conducted on Friday mornings. Rick typically shows presenta0ons that relate to nature, food, travel, or music. The main goal for all of us is for Casa residents to use their brilliant and incredible minds and keep them ac0ve and produc0ve for as many years as possible.

    Tips for Improving Memory

    Memory can be affected by many factors. These include lack of use, high stress, lack of rest, poor nutrition, poor health, and lack of exercise. Our memory tends to decline as we age. However, a healthy older adult should be able to recall quite well, particularly when given cues and prompts. Here are some strategies to help you keep your memory sharp!

    1. Practice! Learning games and memory exercises keep your brain active.

    2. Identify! Recognize what types of information and situations you tend to be forgetful about.

    3. Sleep! Get lots of rest. A tired brain will not process as efficiently as a well-rested brain.

    4. Eat a good well-balanced diet.

    5. Rehearse. Information that you need to remember will be recalled better if you repeat the information to yourself.

    6. Use memory aids such as lists or notes with daily activities.

    7. Routine. Develop routines and fixed areas for placement of items such as car keys.

    8. Exercise. A regular routine increases blood and oxygen flow and increases learning and memory ability.

    BRAINPOWER

    K-CASA NEWS

    CASA UNIVERSITY

    SPELLING BEE

    BRAIN FITNESS

  • 5Casa Sandoval will soon begin training our residents in the use of the iPad, crea0ng new learning opportuni0es and opening doors of communica0on that had previously been shut. According to a study by eMarketer, iPad use among seniors grew 190% during 2011. It could be quite surprising at the advantages the iPad oers to senior ci0zens with diminishing senses or reduced mobility. Its also user friendly for those whose hands, wrists, and ngers are hampered by arthri0s. As eyesight fades and it becomes harder to see the printed page, tablets oer the ability to expand the type to a readable size. If the senior is comfortable online, its possible for them to read email from family members who want to stay in touch. Friends and family can upload large photo albums that can be easily viewed by the senior.

    Heres a look at some popular free iPad apps for seniors:

    Postcards: Designed for seniors, this simple apple allows your older loved one to easily view family photos.

    Skype: Face-to-face video conferencing. Seniors can chat with loved ones anywhere in the world.

    ITunes U: Makes courses by a wide variety of educa0onal ins0tu0ons easily accessible.

    Lumosity: Play popular brain games designed to help people exercise their mind and stay sharp.

    TED Talks: Watch free lectures and talks by scien0sts and thinkers of the 21st century.

    Virtuoso Piano 3: Play piano and other instruments with the touchscreen.

    WeatherBug: Get forecasts, view the local radar, and get alerts from the Na0onal Weather Service.

    iBooks: Turns an iPad into an eBook reader.

    NPR: Public radio fans are sure to enjoy news and programming.

    Goodreads: Users can read and write reviews, keep a log of books read, and receive book recommenda0ons.

    WebMD: Health informa0on and medical news.

    Dragon DictaKon: Text recogni0on app designed to help seniors dictate emails and other messages.

  • 6Words Have Meaning

    My six-year old granddaughter draped a soft beaded bracelet on her hair and said, Isnt this awesome? I dont think that was in my vocabulary when I was six years old. Back then awful meant very bad. At six I would have said, Isnt this pretty? My mom wouldve said, That looks classy. My aunt may have said, How stylish! A teenager in the 1940s would say, Thats sharp!

    Words are used to express information, ideas, and feelings. Each generation has its slang words and older generations shudder as they hear the words as distasteful, unnecessary, or annoying. Im having trouble with young people adding like to their sentences. I was going to the store, it was like three oclock. I think of the song from the musical, My Fair Lady titled Why Cant the English Teach Their Children to Speak?

    The choice of words often reveals something about someones personali