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Due to COVID-19, Keiro has decided to transition all of our scheduled in-person events in 2020 to alternative formats. Read full statement here.

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Virtual Keiro Forums

Keiro partners with dozens of community centers, churches, temples, and groups serving Japanese American and Japanese older adults to provide comprehensive programming to meet the needs of their aging members. After working to identify needs, Keiro and our community partners develop action plans to schedule appropriate classes and trainings.

During the time of COVID-19, Keiro will be hosting various webinars through Zoom. Please use this time to learn something new, and stay connected with Keiro and others!

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For each event, please sign up through the registration link. We will send you a link to attend from Zoom.

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October 2020 Virtual Keiro Forums Calendar

Upcoming Keiro Forum Topics

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Registering for Virtual Keiro Forums

To register for any of the available webinars, please provide your information filling out the form in the link below each forum description. If you need assistance getting connected to the Zoom meetings, please contact Keiro at programs@keiro.org
All times are in PST.

October 2020 Virtual Keiro Forums Calendar


Virtual Keiro Forums:

Crochet for Charity with Alison Yoshihara
Tuesday, October 20 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Invite your friends and join us as we crochet together for a cause. From beginner to advance we welcome everyone. Alison Yoshihara will be teaching how to crochet a 7”x 9” rectangle to send to the organization, Warm Up America. This organization assembles the pieces into blankets to give to various groups such as women’s shelters, nursing homes, homeless shelters, churches, hospitals and hospices, and Veterans’ homes.
Even if you are already an expert at crocheting or prefer to knit instead, we welcome you to join the forum to provide tips, share patterns, and find out more about the details of the service project.
The first 25 guests to sign up by Monday, October 12th will be mailed yarn and a crochet hook. Additional details on how to mail in your completed knitted or crocheted rectangles will be provided during the forum.
Supply List:
H crochet hook
Medium weight, machine washable, and dryable acrylic yarn
Ruler
         Registration Link (Crochet for Charity)


Dietary Supplements for Brain Health – What the Science Says presented by Dr. Bill Liu
Thursday, October 22 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The AARP states that more than a quarter of adults in the United States age 50 and older take at least one supplement for brain-health reasons and as an example, globally, brain-health supplements generated $3 billion in sales in 2016.  Please join us for this presentation where the discussion will focus on what the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other prominent independent scientists’ opinions are on this topic.
Bill Liu is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist currently serving as a consultant pharmacist with the County of Orange, Health Care Agency, Adult and Older Adult Services.  He obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy from Washington State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Southern California. One of his current duties is speaking to groups of seniors on medication related issues.
         Registration Link (Dietary Supplements for Brain Health)


Conversation Kitchen
Tuesday, October 27 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Conversation Kitchen is a cooking webinar where participants can engage in different conversations about food. This webinar will be hosted by a Keiro staff member who will be cooking oyakodon and will participate in the group conversations with attendees.
         Oyakodon Recipe
         Registration Link (Conversation Kitchen)


Judo Journey presented by Brent Yasukochi
Wednesday, October 28 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us on a journey through Judo history as Brent Yasukochi describes the pioneers of judo, how it became a sport, judo’s significance in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, and how judo ties into the Japanese American community. This presentation will conclude with a judo demonstration by Brent.
Brent Yasukochi has practiced judo for twenty years and was a member of the San Jose State Judo team under Nisei Week Pioneer Yosh Uchida. Brent has won many different titles including National Judo Runner Up, All American Collegiate National Champion, International Competitor, and was also the 2018 Go for Broke Spam Musubi Eating Champion.
         Registration Link (Judo Journey presented by Brent Yasukochi)


Community Bingo
Thursday, October 29 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Keiro invites you to virtually connect with others to enjoy a game of Bingo and have a chance to win prizes! Join Keiro’s Community Bingo game with friends and compete with other community members.
         Registration Link (Community Bingo)


Sumo Wrestling 101 by Matthew Tsunawaki
Tuesday, November 3 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Sumo is Japan’s national sport and has roots that date back to ancient times. This presentation will be about the origins of the sport as well as the various traditions that have been carried forward to modern times. It will also include rules for how to win in modern Sumo, how the rankings work, as well as highlighting some sumo wrestlers both past and present.
Matthew Tsunawaki is a Student Physical Therapist. Matthew have been an active member of the Long Beach Japanese Community Center for many years participating in Japanese School and Judo. While Matthew has not participated in Sumo, he has been an avid fan for 7 years and has grown to love it. Sumo wrestlers are not just great big overweight guys giving each other hugs, there are many years of hardwork and dedication behind those pounds.
         Registration Link (Sumo Wrestling 101)


Art Journaling 101 with Audrey Okeya
Wednesday, November 4 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Learn how to start or create an art journal with Audrey Okeya! She has been journaling and creating lovely journal spreads and sharing them with the world through social media for over 2 years now! What is ‘Art Journaling’? It is basically journaling on a blank/lined notebook or sketchbook, but you also add in the element of doing a collage using stickers, different papers, little doodles, or anything you feel comfortable to add onto your pages! Even if you’ve never journaled before, this is a great introductory session to start you off! This is a fun, chill, and relaxing activity that is open to everyone!
Audrey Okeya is a Filipino-Chinese illustrator and online stationery store business owner that specializes in creating wonderful & quirky little stickers & stationery for journaling, based in LA. She loves coffee, boba, drawing, and journaling!
We will be mailing blank journals and craft paper to the first 25 guests who register by Wednesday, October 28. We will also email all registered guests printable fall-themed sticker images designed by Audrey!
Supply List:
– pen of your choice
– color markers or color pencils
– Glue Stick
– scissors
– craft paper (brown craft paper will be mailed to the first 25 registered guests)
– Blank Journal (mailed to first 25 guests)
– fall-themed printable sticker images which will be emailed to all registered guests. *Please print and cut out all of the sticker images before the forum
         Registration Link (Art Journaling 101)


You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series – Week 1: Music presented by Kelsey Uyeda
Thursday, November 5 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The You’ve Been Pop Culture’d series is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge about pop culture topics that have defined generations and society. It will encourage and strengthen multigenerational relationships, such as with grandchildren or children, and deepen your respect for and understanding of the evolution of pop culture. The seven part series will discuss the following pop culture topics in order: music, dance, film, television, social media, nerd media, Disney.
Week 1 begins with a bang with the world’s universal language: music.  Music can trigger flashbacks to the past, provide insight to the present and foreshadow the future.  We will be traveling through the music genres from pop, rock, disco, Motown, hip hop/rap, K-pop and more!
Kelsey Uyeda is a fourth generation Japanese American. She received her Masters of Science Gerontology degree from CSULB (Class of 2020) and her Bachelor of Arts Music degree and Single Subject Teaching Credential K—12: Music from UCLA (Class of 2014). She created the Tutti: Music and Physical Activity Curriculum for Older Adults for her masters program.  Kelsey is a former professional trombonist having performed in Carnegie Hall, Rose Bowl Stadium, Royce Hall, Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Disneyland. She previously worked for Pacific Symphony and the Irvine Unified School District. Kelsey is currently a freelance gerontologist creating virtual and at-home activities for older adults during the COVID-19 era and is an instructor for OLLI@CSULB and OLLI@UCI where she is also teaching: You’ve Been Pop Culture’d.
         Registration Link (You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Week 1)


You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series – Week 2: Dance presented by Kelsey Uyeda
Tuesday, November 10 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The You’ve Been Pop Culture’d series is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge about pop culture topics that have defined generations and society. It will encourage and strengthen multigenerational relationships, such as with grandchildren or children, and deepen your respect for and understanding of the evolution of pop culture. The seven part series will discuss the following pop culture topics in order: music, dance, film, television, social media, nerd media, Disney.
Shine your dancing shoes and be ready to strut your stuff on a sidewalk while holding a paint can. Week 2 shines a spotlight on the various dance styles and iconic dance crazes, choreographers, dancers and more! By the end you’ll want to dance with somebody who loves you.
         Registration Link (You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Week 2)


Winter Snowflake Decoration with Marion Nishimura
Thursday, November 12 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Come learn how to make a snowflake using a toilet paper roll.  Approximately 3 rolls per snowflake will be needed depending on its complexity. They can be used for holiday decorations or ornaments. Every snowflake will be a unique creation. You will be so surprised at the outcome!
The first 25 guests to register by Thursday, November, 5th will be mailed a small glue, glitter, and craft sponge.
Please start saving your toilet paper rolls.


Supply List:
3 toilet paper rolls for each snowflake
Ruler
Pen
Scissors
Liquid Craft Glue (Elmers Craft Glue or Tacky Glue)
Sponge (to apply glue on completed snowflake)
Plastic Lid (for glue)
Glitter (White iridescent)
Paper plate (to place glitter on)
optional: ribbon or string (to make your snowflake into an ornament)
         Registration Link (Winter Snowflake Decoration)


You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series – Week 3: Film presented by Kelsey Uyeda
Tuesday, November 17 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The You’ve Been Pop Culture’d series is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge about pop culture topics that have defined generations and society.  It will encourage and strengthen multigenerational relationships, such as with grandchildren or children, and deepen your respect for and understanding of the evolution of pop culture.  The seven part series will discuss the following pop culture topics in order: music, dance, film, television, social media, nerd media, Disney.
“I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille.” Week 3 ties in elements from Weeks 1 and 2, but also dives into film genres and the films that became pop culture, cult-level classics.  Everything from us singing in the rain to “Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday,” you’ll be popping popcorn for a movie marathon weekend.
         Registration Link (You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series: Week 3: Film)


Conversation Kitchen
Wednesday, November 18 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Conversation Kitchen is a cooking webinar where participants can engage in different conversations about food. This webinar will be hosted by a Keiro staff member who will be cooking miso roasted vegetables and will participate in the group conversations with attendees.
Miso Roasted Vegetable Recipe
Registration Link (Conversation Kitchen)


Face Mask Croakie Making with Mary Ellen Wong
Thursday, November 19 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Ever get to the store and have to return to your car to get your mask? Not anymore!
Join us for a win-win croakie making session. Each participant will be sent materials to make 10 croakies. Keep 4 and send 6 back to Keiro. Keiro will donate the extra croakies to a worthy cause. Supplies will be mailed to the first 25 guests who register by Thursday, November 12th.
If you register after November 12th, we still invite you to join us. You can purchase the supplies at your local craft store. Supply list is linked down below.

Face Mask Croakie Supply List
Registration Link (Face Mask Croakie Making)


Making Home Safe presented by Alzheimer’s LA
Friday, November 20 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Facilitator: Angie Yeh
Learn about methods to modify your home, simple hacks and ways you can use technology to increase a person with dementia’s ability to stay at home safely.
Angie Yeh is the Manager of Asian and Pacific Islander Services at Alzheimer’s Los Angeles and has been with the organization for close to four years. Angie possesses a Masters in Aging Services Management and is in her final semester for a Master of Science in Dementia and Aging Studies. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. Angie has dedicated her career to serving older adults and people living with dementia and their family members. Her favorite quote related to her work is by author Tara Reed and reads as follows: “While no one can change the outcome of dementia or Alzheimer’s, with the right support you can change the journey”.
         Registration Link (Making Home Safe presented by Alzheimer’s LA)


You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series – Week 4: Television presented by Kelsey Uyeda
Tuesday, November 24 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The You’ve Been Pop Culture’d series is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge about pop culture topics that have defined generations and society. It will encourage and strengthen multigenerational relationships, such as with grandchildren or children, and deepen your respect for and understanding of the evolution of pop culture. The seven part series will discuss the following pop culture topics in order: music, dance, film, television, social media, nerd media, Disney.
“BAZINGA!”  Week 4 dives into television genres that defined our childhood and shines light on social commentary of today from hilarious sitcoms to shows that redefine how we watch television today. So, get ready to start binge watching timeless classics and newfound favorites!  (P.S. Watch The Big Bang Theory for Week 6: Nerd Media)
         Registration Link (You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series: Week 4: Television)


Community Bingo
Wednesday, November 25 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Keiro invites you to virtually connect with others to enjoy a game of Bingo and have a chance to win prizes! Join the Keiro’s Community Bingo game with friends and compete with other community members.
         Registration Link (Community Bingo)


Past Virtual Keiro Forum Topics:

  • Meditation and Mindfulness 101
  • Let’s Destress presented by Independence at Home
  • Kabocha Roast with Kent Marume
  • Estate Planning 101 presented by Staci Toji, Esq.
  • Succulent Pumpkin Demonstration by Mary Ellen Wong
  • Self Care with Claire
  • Tech Hour
  • It’s Ok to Say No
  • Active Every Day presented by Independence at Home
  • Community Craft Corner with Mary Ellen Wong
  • Kokoro no Hashi (心の橋) featuring Brandon Takahashi and Friends
  • Team Scattergories
  • How Can Iyashi Care Benefit Me?
  • Feel Good Vibes: Live Virtual DJ Experience by Kelsey Uyeda
  • Summer BBQ Series by Kent Marume
  • Staying Connected Through Social Media
  • Understanding the Safe Use of Pain Medications presented by Independence at Home
  • Community Craft Corner with Marion Nishimura
  • Mottainai Approach to Food Waste Recycling with Amy Honjiyo
  • Ikebana Demonstration by Satsuki Palter
  • Sun Safety and Hydration
  • Caregiver Tips: Everyday Tasks
  • How to Host Virtual Bingo
  • Community Lunch
  • Japanese American Health Overview
  • Heart Health
  • Exploring YouTube
  • Tips on Being a Safe Consumer
  • Senior Scams
  • Earthquake Preparedness
  • Food Delivery Apps

Have any suggestions for future Keiro Virtual Forums?

Email our team at programs@keiro.org with your suggestions for discussion topics.