September Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita
Photos by Jean Yamashita
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).
Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center. Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.
~ EARLY REMINDER ~
It’s fall so time to set our clocks back!
Daylight savings time ends Sunday, November 7th at 2 am. Before you go to bed Saturday night (November 6th), set your clocks back one hour and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!
LET’S BEAT COVID-19!
From the California Department of Public Health (CDPH): Recommends that everyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) wear mask indoors statewide.
Please follow the CDPH link below for further information:
On September 24, 2021, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the following news regarding COVID-19 booster shots:
- people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
- people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine atleast 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
- people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
- people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Many of the people who are now eligible to receive a booster shot received their initial vaccine early in the vaccination program and will benefit from additional protection. With the Delta variant’s dominance as the circulating strain and cases of COVID-19 increasing significantly across the United States, a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease in those populations who are at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease.
CDC will continue to monitor the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure appropriate recommendations to keep all Americans safe. We will also evaluate with similar urgency available data in the coming weeks to swiftly make additional recommendations for other populations or people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Please follow the CDC link below for further information regarding COVID-19 booster shots:
The CDC emphasizes the importance of getting the flu vaccination, ideally by the end of October. Unfortunately, the Senior Center will not be able to conduct a Flu Shot Clinic so you will need to make your own arrangements through your normal healthcare professional or other means. Many if not all pharmacies in Santa Cruz County offer flu shots at no cost to Medicare recipients. The CDC says you can get the COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time; however, if you have concerns about getting both vaccines at the same time or if you have any questions regarding the vaccines, you should talk to your health care provider. We hope that everyone will continue to be safe from COVID-19 and this season’s flu. A flu shot is the best protection available against the flu. It’s time to get your shot – don’t delay. It takes a few weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective.
“It feels like an early Christmas” a Senior commented when the huge bag of goodies arrived on September 16th. Inside the bag were many wonderful items to unwrap and enjoy:
Imura Japanese Restaurant prepared delicious sushi (two futomakis and four California rolls) and miso soup purchased by the W-SC JACL Senior Center. Jee Kajihara/Imura made the bento extra special by adding a yummy apple muffin, shiso and bok choy patty, and potato salad.
Pictured: Eileen Byers carefully created the pretty takeout favors, complete with clever ‘chopsticks’ and surprise sweets inside.
Susan AmRhein and her daughter, Yuan AmRhein Gorham, prepared a tasty homemade snack mix for all the Seniors and packaged the treat in attractive “Made with Love” containers in celebration of Susan’s September birthday.
Ken Tanimoto purchased cute huckleberry bear lollipops as a souvenir for all the Seniors of his Yellowstone adventure this summer. Ken said huckleberries grow wild in Yellowstone. Ken’s warning: Make sure no one bites hard on the lollipop because it is a hard candy and can break a tooth!
Pictured: Ken Tanimoto looking down at Old Faithful in Yellowstone.
Pictured: Jane Sugidono donated yummy green bean pastries from Baker’s Village bakery in celebration of her September birthday.
Pictured: Hisako Kodama truly has a green thumb and grows a variety of vegetables in her spacious garden. With the abundance of cucumbers, Mrs. Kodama spent days making many jars of sweet pickles. With the help of her daughter Nancy, Mrs. Kodama beautifully packaged each pickle jar for the Seniors.
Mitsuyo Tao celebrated her momentous 90th birthday on September 19th! Mrs. Tao and Paul and Kim Tao Family wanted to commemorate this special birthday by generously treating all the Seniors to two manju favorites and luscious “P&K Farms Organic Strawberries”.
We are so fortunate and thankful for the abundance of wonderful goodies this month – ‘Domo Arigato!’ to all our thoughtful and generous donors!
Our very hardworking delivery team jumped right in to help with delivery bag preparations that turned out to be quite a task this month with all the items to distribute: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita. Kim Tao and Mitsuyo Tao also graciously pitched in to assist. Many thanks to all our awesome volunteers!
SENIORS AT THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY FAIR
September 15, 2021
Nice to see Senior friends at the fair!
We love to see your smiling faces so if you have photos that you would like to share, please email or contact Jean Yamashita.
HAPPY SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS!
Wishing our September honorees “a very Happy Birthday!”.
A note: As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally are receiving a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.
WHERE TO FIND JAPANESE PRODUCTS
“HBJ Oriental Store & Food To Go”, 205 E. Lake Avenue, Watsonville, 831-722-4784
This small Filipino store has some Japanese products and is trying to expand its Japanese stock based on demand and suggestions. Fresh tofu and fresh vegetables are delivered from San Francisco to the store usually on Saturday mornings.
[Thank you to all the contributors for sharing this find.]
Birthday donations gratefully received in September from: Satoko Yamamoto, Mas Hashimoto, George Stewart, Mitsuyo Tao, and Pat Marr.
Special donations gratefully received from: Toshi Yamashita and Paul and Carol Kaneko in memory of Haruko Yoshii; Dan and Karen Nitta in memory (3rd year) of mother Helen Mito; and Miyoko Yoshii and Yoshii Family in memory of mother Haruko Yoshii.
For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to ‘W-SC JACL Senior Center’ and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thank you for your generous support of our Senior Center.
Special Note: Because the Senior Center has had to (sadly) close its doors due to the coronavirus, birthday donations and senior center anniversary donations are optional until the Senior Center can reopen again. Voluntary donations are much appreciated.
COVID-19 and flu vaccines are one of the strongest tools we can have to fight COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask in public (covering your nose and mouth) especially indoors; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat nutritious meals; manage your stress; and try to stay active (both body and mind). Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water. Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!
We are grateful to our Senior community for continuing to support each other as we cautiously maneuver through these challenging times. Thank you for caring!
Stay safe everyone!
Note: Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539). Thank you.