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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.



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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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

Virtual Keiro Forums:

Staying Connected Through Social Media presented by Elise Umetsu
Tuesday, August 4 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us to explore options for staying connected through social media, from wherever you call home! This forum will include an overview of four popular social media platforms: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. We will also walk through creating a Facebook profile, as well as demonstrate how to use Pinterest.
         Registration Link (Staying Connected Through Social Media)

Summer BBQ Series
Wednesday, August 5 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

In the spirit of summer, The Summer BBQ Series is a program designed to engage in meaningful conversation filled with story-telling and grilling tips and tricks. All to be accompanied by a Keiro program staff member who will be grilling and facilitating the conversation. We encourage all attendees to prepare your own lunch to share with in the forum.
         Registration Link (Summer BBQ Series)

Feel Good Vibes: Live Virtual DJ Experience presented by Kelsey Uyeda
Thursday, August 6 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Feel Good Vibes is a live virtual DJ experience where you have permission to escape reality. Based in the psychology of music and ranging in music genres and decades, you will perceive positive emotions due to the musical elements (tempo, melodic contour & mode) of each song. You will hear songs that you are familiar and unfamiliar with, but music is a universal language. It is also an opportunity to explore new music and spark conversations amongst budding relationships. You are welcome to sing-along or listen to the music in the background as you perform another task, but most importantly, it is an opportunity to live your best life. Welcome to my party!

Kelsey Uyeda is a fourth generation Japanese American. She received her Masters of Science Gerontology degree from California State University, Long Beach (Class of 2020) and her Bachelor of Arts Music degree and Single Subject Teaching Credential K—12: Music from the University of California, Los Angeles (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, Freud Playhouse, 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 teaching a course she created: Older Adults in Pop Culture.
         Registration Link (Feel Good Vibes: Live Virtual DJ Experience)

How Can Iyashi Care Benefit Me?
Tuesday, August 11 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Iyashi Care is a joint partnership between Keiro and Providence Health & Services that provides palliative care for Our Community. This forum will help you learn what palliative care is, how Iyashi Care can support you, and why you should consider enrolling into the program. Join us as we discuss how you and your family can benefit from the comprehensive services offered by Iyashi Care today.
         Registration Link (How Can Iyashi Care Benefit Me?)

Team Scattergories
Wednesday, August 12 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Work in teams as we play the fun word game of Scattergories together! Exercise creative thinking skills as we come up with words from a list of categories that start with a specified letter. For example, write down a “Boy’s Name” that starts with the letter “L”. We will be playing this game in teams.
         Registration Link (Team Scattergories)

Kokoro no Hashi (心の橋) featuring Brandon Takahashi and Friends
Thursday, August 13 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Kokoro no Hashi (心の橋) is an opportunity for high school students to show off their talent/skill sets to our community. With a variety of acts ranging from dance to magic as well as interviews with the performers, the program is a great way for the younger generation to connect with the older generation.

Brandon Takahashi will be a Junior at Polytechnic School in Pasadena. He has been a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus since 2012 and is a member of the Jazz band at school, playing the Vibraphone, keyboard and doing vocals. Through youth leadership programs such as Kizuna and Rising Stars, he is also actively learning about the Japanese American community and ways in which he can engage and provide service.
         Registration Link (Kokoro no Hashi featuring Brandon Takahashi and Friends)

Smartphone Apps to Use at Home
Tuesday, August 18 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This forum will cover a few different iOS applications that can used on your smartphone from the comfort of your home. Join us for an explanation and walkthrough of how to use certain wellness, productivity, and entertainment iOS applications.
         Registration Link (Smartphone Apps to Use at Home)

Community Craft Corner with Mary Ellen Wong
Wednesday, August 19 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for our Community Craft Corner forum featuring Mary Ellen Wong who will teach us how to make a Bed Buddy. This simple yet practical craft allows you to store your necessities (i.e. flashlight, cellphone, glasses, etc.) at your bedside.
Bed Buddy Materials
– 24″ x 12″ piece of fleece material
– Embroidery thread and embroidery thread needle (we will be hand sewing the pockets)
– Scissors
– Ruler
– Thimble (optional)

Please note: As of August 11, 2020, the deadline to receive craft supplies in the mail has passed. However, we still want you to join us! Please register and gather your own materials to follow along during the forum. Material list is located above.

Mary Ellen Wong was born and raised in Los Angeles where she attended Dorsey High School. She is a retired elementary teacher and happy grandma to five grandkids!
         Registration Link (Community Craft Corner with Mary Ellen Wong)

Active Every Day presented by Independence at Home
Thursday, August 20 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Start exercising doesn’t mean go and run a mile every day.  There are lots of ways to stay active and healthy.  Learn about what you can do to stay active every day!
Jenny Alcala-Alonzo is a Health Promotion Representative with Independence at Home and has been working with seniors over 15 years. She works extensively with the community, is bilingual in Spanish, and provides health education focused on older adults and their needs. At Independence at Home, it is their goal to motivate to take action to improve health.
         Registration Link (Active Every Day presented by Independence at Home)

Conversation Kitchen
Tuesday, August 25 | 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 their dish of choice and will participate in the group conversations with attendees.
         Registration Link (Conversation Kitchen)

Tech Hour
Wednesday, August 26 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Technology is designed to make our lives more efficient. However, each day there seems to be new changes to the pieces of technology that we have finally become confident using. Bring your various technology questions to our Tech Hour where I will do my best to help resolve any technology headaches you might have.
         Registration Link (Tech Hour)

Community Bingo
Thursday, August 27 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Do you miss playing Bingo at your community center or seeing you friends? 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:

  • 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 with your suggestions for discussion topics.