‘Transitions in Life’ series slated at GVJCI

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A series of free educational workshop about navigating transitions in life will is planned on Saturdays, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, and Nov. 15,from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI), in the Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall, 1964 W. 162nd St, Gardena.

A series of free educational workshop about navigating transitions in life will is planned on Saturdays, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, and Nov. 15,from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (GVJCI), in the Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall, 1964 W. 162nd St, Gardena.

These workshops, which are co-sponsored by the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) and the GVJCI, “will encourage Asian American seniors, caregivers, and others who want to plan ahead for a healthy, active life, to begin a conversation on decision-making for the future,” organizer said.

The presentations will take into account cultural factors involved in these choices and decisions for Asian Americans as we age.  The program will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese.

On Oct. 11, a discussion will be held onHow to Effectively Communicate with your Doctor.  More and more, today's patients are playing an active role in their health care.  Sayaka Weiss, MD, MPH Candidate, will advise how to best prepare for your doctor's visits to have your needs met and improve communication with your doctor.  Get quick tips on how you can have an active role in making your health care decisions in partnership with your doctor.

Where we live and the kind of housing we prefer may change over time.  If we have kids, we look for a house with lots of bedrooms and may choose the location based on the school district.  Some people may choose to downsize after their kids are grown.  Sometimes, a change in income after retirement affects our choice of housing.  Still, others may choose to live in a community based on the availability of services and transportation.

On Oct. 25, Amy Phillips, the Director of Senior Services at the Little Tokyo Service Center will facilitate a discussion of various Senior Housing Options.

The Nov. 15 workshop, Affordable Healthcare, will help to clarify the various insurance options that can be quite confusing.  Three panelists from the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, and the Center for Health Care Rights will help to clarify health care options through Covered California, Medicare, and Medi-Cal.

The Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute is located at 1964 W 162nd St, Gardena, CA 90247.  Parking is available on the premises as well as in the surrounding neighborhood.

Pre-registration is required for admission to the seminar and open to all.  To register, please visit the LTSC website at www.LTSC.org and sign up, or call 213-473-3035.