54th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day Awards Program, May 23th, 2019

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center Grand Hall

WHEREAS, for the past fifty-four years the month of May has been proclaimed Older Americans Month; and

WHEREAS, the national theme for this year’s program is “Connect, Create, Contribute”; and

WHEREAS, our older residents reinvest their resources in their communities through sharing their wisdom, talents and time with others; and

WHEREAS, these older volunteers work with our youth, assist with the homeless, support food pantries, visit shut-ins, advocate on behalf of nursing home patients, deliver and serve meals to the elderly, provide transportation to the frail and work in community hospitals; and

WHEREAS, through these activities and others, our older population continues to demonstrate the commitment to enhancing the quality of life for us all;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles that the month May is declared Older Americans Month, and that Thursday, May 23, 2019 is designated Older Americans Recognition Day and all residents to urged to participate in appropriate ceremonies honoring these men and women.

ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults

Diana Love, President

Dear Distinguished Honorees: On behalf of the Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults (LACCOA), we welcome you and your guests to our Older Americans Recognition Day luncheon.  This luncheon is an important part of the LACCOA mission to recognize individuals who enhance the quality of life for older adults in our community. We are honored to have you today as we celebrate the 2019 Older Americans Month with the theme, “Connect, Create, Contribute.”  What it means to age has changed, and the Older Americans Recognition Day luncheon is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older and staying connected, creative, and contributing as older adults looks like today. We thank all of you for your passion, volunteer work and dedicated service and applaud you for your many contributions to all of Los Angeles County.

Warmest Regards,

Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services

Otto Solorzano, Acting Director

Dear Distinguished Honorees:

On behalf of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS).  I would like to thank you and recognize the enormous contributions you make to our communities throughout Los Angeles County as we celebrate the 54th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day.  We always look forward to this day to pay special tribute to our older adults whose multifaceted contributions continue to make a positive impact on so many lives in our community. We are celebrating the 54th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day with the theme:  “Connect, Create, Contribute to provide opportunities for people of all ages to connect and participate in a larger conversation about aging in Los Angeles County and in our Nation in general–a conversation that grows in importance as the number of older adults continues to increase.  We are encouraging all of us to:

  • Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation;
  • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment; and
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

I would also like to take this opportunity to reaffirm that WDACS is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all older adults.  We praise YOU, we salute YOU and we honor YOUR contributions! On behalf of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services, Age well and continue to connect, create and contribute!

Sincerely,

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Janice Hahn, Fourth District Supervisor

Dear Honorees of Los Angeles,

On behalf of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 54th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day event. This award luncheon is to thank all of our honorees for their volunteer work all over Los Angels County.  The older adult population (65 years and above) in the Los Angeles region is expected to double, from approximately 1.1 million in 2010 to more than 2.2 million in 2030.  Life expectancy is increasing:  it rose from 75.8 years in 1991 to 82.1 years 2014.  The older adult population in Los Angeles region is larger than that of 41 states.  With such a rapidly growing older adult population, we must prepare our communities for the future of aging.  As we celebrate this year’s theme it encourages everyone to be “Be Connected, Be Creative, and continue to Contribute!” Today, you will be honored for all your time, energy, and knowledge that you have so generously shared with the residents of Los Angeles County. I hope that you will enjoy the luncheon and that you will take with you the knowledge that you do make a positive difference in our communities.

Sincerely,

The 54th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day Awards Program

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM

WELCOME

President Diana Love, LACCOA

INVOCATION

Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Los Angeles County Fire Department Honor Guard

PRESENTATION OF COLORS

Los Angeles County Fire Department Honor Guard

PRESENTATION

The 5th DEMENTIA

GREETINGS

OLDER AMERICANS RECOGNITION MONTH PROCLAMATION

Otto Solorzano, Acting Director

Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF AWARDS

4th Supervisorial District - Chair of the Board

1st Supervisorial District

2nd Supervisorial District

3rd Supervisorial District - Chair of the Board

5th Supervisorial District

CLOSING REMARKS

President Diana Love

Congratulations Honorees!

Our Story

Music Mends Minds, Inc. (MMM) was founded by Carol and Irwin Rosenstein in 2014.  The Rosensteins found that when Irwin played the piano, the symptoms of his dementia and Parkinson’s disease were reduced.  They wanted to share their discoveries with others and envisioned creating musical ensembles around the world to improve the quality of life, well-being, and cognitive function of seniors. The mission of MMM is to foster the development of musical support groups to help forestall the progression of diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic strewss disorder (PTSD), and other forms of cognitive decline.  Musical support groups, such as bands and choirs, empower our seniors, increasing their self-worth, confidence, and identity while making music. MMM also cultivates meaningful networks that connect the patient and medical communities by providing critical emotional support, education, and participation in key research initiatives.  If you or someone you know is interested in joining one of our musical support groups or supporting MMM, please email info@musicmendsminds.org.

Research Facts

  • When 25 individuals with Parkinson’s Disease were provided with music therapy for 6 months, they found great improvements in mobility and in frontal lobe functions such as cognitive flexibility, processing speed, attention, and working memory (Spina et al., 2016).
  • Through music rehabilitation, patients with dementia have been shown to demonstrate decreased anxiety, agitation, and depression (Sihvonen et al., 2017).
  • Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease may forget certain melodic content of songs, but their ability to play their musical instrument seems to be unforgettable (Baird et al., 2009).

Everyone 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia.

Music Mends Minds: "The 5th Dementia"

Songs We Love To Sing

  1. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Solomon Linda/The Tokens
  2. “I Got Rhythm” – George and Ira Gershwin
  3. “Stand By Me” – Ben E. King
  4. “Here, There, and Everywhere” – John Lennon/Paul McCartney
  5. “Under the Boardwalk” – Kenny Young/Arthur Resnick
  6. “Over the Rainbow” – Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg

Performers

Gene Sterling (Music Director/Drums)

Amanda Giuliano

Bill Young

Carol Jean Hicks

Cheryl Giuliano

Craig Dyer

Donald Gettinger

Diana Davidow

Ed Fox

Gail Buckley

Gary LeMel

Jeff Herrera

Josephine La Rosa

Krissy Cooper

Mike Hassett

Paul  Fox

Peter Assing

Spencer Lemann

Zev Weinstein

David Solie

Katheryne Levin – Director of Music and Arts

Brentwood Presbyterian Churck

Caregivers

Carol Rosenstein

Cezar Eullaran

Dawna Padgett

Janice Hassett

Maddy LeMel

Marilyn Weinstein

Narciso Carandang

Noemia Young

Rachel Houston

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”

-Pablo Neruda

Supports and Services for Staying Independent

As we age, it’s important to engage the services we need to stay well, involved, and independent in our communities.  There are many federally supported resources available.  This list can help you know where to start.

DEMENTIA:  The Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education & Referral Center (ADEAR) has a staff of Information Specialists who can provide answers to your dementia-related questions, offer free publications, and referrals to local services.  Visit alzheimers.gov or call 1-800-438-4380.

ELDERCARE LOCATOR:  The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older adults and their caregivers with trustworthy local resources.  Whether help is needed with meals, home care, transportation, or caregiver support, it can point you in the right direction.  Visit eldercare.acl.gov or call 1-800-677-1116.

HEALTH INSURANCE:  State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) provide free, in depth, one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, friends, and caregivers. For more information, please call (800) 510-2020.

LONG-TERM CARE:  While insurance may be part of your strategy, long-term care encompasses everything from services and finances to where you will live and how to navigate the legal, family, and social dynamics along the way.  For more information, please call (800) 510-2020.

PENSION COUNSELING:  Currently serving 30 states, the Pension Counseling and Information Program offers free legal assistance to individuals experiencing a problem with their pension, profit sharing, or retirement savings plans.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:  Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign designed to help other adults fit exercise and physical activity into daily life.  It offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going.  Learn more at go4life.nia.nih.gov.

RIGHTS PROTECTION:  Always dial 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.  Otherwise, contact Adult Protective Services (APS).  You don’t need proof of abuse to report a concern.  If you notice something, speak up.  Call 1-877-4-R-SENIORS to report abuse.

VETERANS:  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a range of services to those who have served, including benefit support, health programs, and crisis services.  It also extends support to caregivers.  Visit VA.gov or call the MyVA311 line at 1-844-698-2311.

VOLUNTEERING:  Senior Corps connects Americans 55+ with people that need support.  Through its Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP programs, Senior Corps strengthens communities while providing intangible benefits to volunteers.  For more information visit:  https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps

NEW FREEDOM PROGRAMS:  New Freedom Programs target at the coordination and provision of non-fixed route transportation services to disabled adults and very frail elderly that go beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  These programs are intended to improve quality of life by helping residents age in the community more effectively, while increasing their community engagement.  For more information, please call (888) 863-7411 or visit https://newfreedom.lacounty.gov.

INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE 1-800-510-2020

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Proclamation

54th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day Awards Program, May 23th, 2019

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center Grand Hall

WHEREAS, for the past fifty-four years the month of May has been proclaimed Older Americans Month; and

WHEREAS, the national theme for this year’s program is “Connect, Create, Contribute”; and

WHEREAS, our older residents reinvest their resources in their communities through sharing their wisdom, talents and time with others; and

WHEREAS, these older volunteers work with our youth, assist with the homeless, support food pantries, visit shut-ins, advocate on behalf of nursing home patients, deliver and serve meals to the elderly, provide transportation to the frail and work in community hospitals; and

WHEREAS, through these activities and others, our older population continues to demonstrate the commitment to enhancing the quality of life for us all;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles that the month May is declared Older Americans Month, and that Thursday, May 23, 2019 is designated Older Americans Recognition Day and all residents to urged to participate in appropriate ceremonies honoring these men and women.

ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Messages

Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults

Diana Love, President

Dear Distinguished Honorees: On behalf of the Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults (LACCOA), we welcome you and your guests to our Older Americans Recognition Day luncheon.  This luncheon is an important part of the LACCOA mission to recognize individuals who enhance the quality of life for older adults in our community. We are honored to have you today as we celebrate the 2019 Older Americans Month with the theme, “Connect, Create, Contribute.”  What it means to age has changed, and the Older Americans Recognition Day luncheon is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older and staying connected, creative, and contributing as older adults looks like today. We thank all of you for your passion, volunteer work and dedicated service and applaud you for your many contributions to all of Los Angeles County.

Warmest Regards,

Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services

Otto Solorzano, Acting Director

Dear Distinguished Honorees:

On behalf of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS).  I would like to thank you and recognize the enormous contributions you make to our communities throughout Los Angeles County as we celebrate the 54th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day.  We always look forward to this day to pay special tribute to our older adults whose multifaceted contributions continue to make a positive impact on so many lives in our community. We are celebrating the 54th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day with the theme:  “Connect, Create, Contribute to provide opportunities for people of all ages to connect and participate in a larger conversation about aging in Los Angeles County and in our Nation in general–a conversation that grows in importance as the number of older adults continues to increase.  We are encouraging all of us to:

  • Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation;
  • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment; and
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

I would also like to take this opportunity to reaffirm that WDACS is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all older adults.  We praise YOU, we salute YOU and we honor YOUR contributions! On behalf of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services, Age well and continue to connect, create and contribute!

Sincerely,

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Janice Hahn, Fourth District Supervisor

Dear Honorees of Los Angeles,

On behalf of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 54th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day event. This award luncheon is to thank all of our honorees for their volunteer work all over Los Angels County.  The older adult population (65 years and above) in the Los Angeles region is expected to double, from approximately 1.1 million in 2010 to more than 2.2 million in 2030.  Life expectancy is increasing:  it rose from 75.8 years in 1991 to 82.1 years 2014.  The older adult population in Los Angeles region is larger than that of 41 states.  With such a rapidly growing older adult population, we must prepare our communities for the future of aging.  As we celebrate this year’s theme it encourages everyone to be “Be Connected, Be Creative, and continue to Contribute!” Today, you will be honored for all your time, energy, and knowledge that you have so generously shared with the residents of Los Angeles County. I hope that you will enjoy the luncheon and that you will take with you the knowledge that you do make a positive difference in our communities.

Sincerely,

Schedule

The 54th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day Awards Program

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 11:30 AM

WELCOME

President Diana Love, LACCOA

INVOCATION

Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Los Angeles County Fire Department Honor Guard

PRESENTATION OF COLORS

Los Angeles County Fire Department Honor Guard

PRESENTATION

The 5th DEMENTIA

GREETINGS

OLDER AMERICANS RECOGNITION MONTH PROCLAMATION

Otto Solorzano, Acting Director

Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF AWARDS

4th Supervisorial District - Chair of the Board

1st Supervisorial District

2nd Supervisorial District

3rd Supervisorial District - Chair of the Board

5th Supervisorial District

CLOSING REMARKS

President Diana Love

Honorees

Congratulations Honorees!

Music Mends Minds

Our Story

Music Mends Minds, Inc. (MMM) was founded by Carol and Irwin Rosenstein in 2014.  The Rosensteins found that when Irwin played the piano, the symptoms of his dementia and Parkinson’s disease were reduced.  They wanted to share their discoveries with others and envisioned creating musical ensembles around the world to improve the quality of life, well-being, and cognitive function of seniors. The mission of MMM is to foster the development of musical support groups to help forestall the progression of diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic strewss disorder (PTSD), and other forms of cognitive decline.  Musical support groups, such as bands and choirs, empower our seniors, increasing their self-worth, confidence, and identity while making music. MMM also cultivates meaningful networks that connect the patient and medical communities by providing critical emotional support, education, and participation in key research initiatives.  If you or someone you know is interested in joining one of our musical support groups or supporting MMM, please email info@musicmendsminds.org.

Research Facts

  • When 25 individuals with Parkinson’s Disease were provided with music therapy for 6 months, they found great improvements in mobility and in frontal lobe functions such as cognitive flexibility, processing speed, attention, and working memory (Spina et al., 2016).
  • Through music rehabilitation, patients with dementia have been shown to demonstrate decreased anxiety, agitation, and depression (Sihvonen et al., 2017).
  • Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease may forget certain melodic content of songs, but their ability to play their musical instrument seems to be unforgettable (Baird et al., 2009).

Everyone 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia.

Music Mends Minds: "The 5th Dementia"

Songs We Love To Sing

  1. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Solomon Linda/The Tokens
  2. “I Got Rhythm” – George and Ira Gershwin
  3. “Stand By Me” – Ben E. King
  4. “Here, There, and Everywhere” – John Lennon/Paul McCartney
  5. “Under the Boardwalk” – Kenny Young/Arthur Resnick
  6. “Over the Rainbow” – Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg

Performers

Gene Sterling (Music Director/Drums)

Amanda Giuliano

Bill Young

Carol Jean Hicks

Cheryl Giuliano

Craig Dyer

Donald Gettinger

Diana Davidow

Ed Fox

Gail Buckley

Gary LeMel

Jeff Herrera

Josephine La Rosa

Krissy Cooper

Mike Hassett

Paul  Fox

Peter Assing

Spencer Lemann

Zev Weinstein

David Solie

Katheryne Levin – Director of Music and Arts

Brentwood Presbyterian Churck

Caregivers

Carol Rosenstein

Cezar Eullaran

Dawna Padgett

Janice Hassett

Maddy LeMel

Marilyn Weinstein

Narciso Carandang

Noemia Young

Rachel Houston

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”

-Pablo Neruda

Resources

Supports and Services for Staying Independent

As we age, it’s important to engage the services we need to stay well, involved, and independent in our communities.  There are many federally supported resources available.  This list can help you know where to start.

DEMENTIA:  The Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education & Referral Center (ADEAR) has a staff of Information Specialists who can provide answers to your dementia-related questions, offer free publications, and referrals to local services.  Visit alzheimers.gov or call 1-800-438-4380.

ELDERCARE LOCATOR:  The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older adults and their caregivers with trustworthy local resources.  Whether help is needed with meals, home care, transportation, or caregiver support, it can point you in the right direction.  Visit eldercare.acl.gov or call 1-800-677-1116.

HEALTH INSURANCE:  State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) provide free, in depth, one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, friends, and caregivers. For more information, please call (800) 510-2020.

LONG-TERM CARE:  While insurance may be part of your strategy, long-term care encompasses everything from services and finances to where you will live and how to navigate the legal, family, and social dynamics along the way.  For more information, please call (800) 510-2020.

PENSION COUNSELING:  Currently serving 30 states, the Pension Counseling and Information Program offers free legal assistance to individuals experiencing a problem with their pension, profit sharing, or retirement savings plans.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:  Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign designed to help other adults fit exercise and physical activity into daily life.  It offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going.  Learn more at go4life.nia.nih.gov.

RIGHTS PROTECTION:  Always dial 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.  Otherwise, contact Adult Protective Services (APS).  You don’t need proof of abuse to report a concern.  If you notice something, speak up.  Call 1-877-4-R-SENIORS to report abuse.

VETERANS:  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a range of services to those who have served, including benefit support, health programs, and crisis services.  It also extends support to caregivers.  Visit VA.gov or call the MyVA311 line at 1-844-698-2311.

VOLUNTEERING:  Senior Corps connects Americans 55+ with people that need support.  Through its Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP programs, Senior Corps strengthens communities while providing intangible benefits to volunteers.  For more information visit:  https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps

NEW FREEDOM PROGRAMS:  New Freedom Programs target at the coordination and provision of non-fixed route transportation services to disabled adults and very frail elderly that go beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  These programs are intended to improve quality of life by helping residents age in the community more effectively, while increasing their community engagement.  For more information, please call (888) 863-7411 or visit https://newfreedom.lacounty.gov.

INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE 1-800-510-2020

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