I really like the new Bayside center! I wonder how long it took them to rebuild or receive funds for a news center. It’s definitely a lot smaller but it’s fully functional. Shivani and I had the opportunity to talk to one of the sweetest ladies. I actually spoke to her husband a while back during our first visit to Bayside. Anyways, we learned that she was an agriculture major back in the Philippines. She used to do work in the villages and teach women etc. When she came to America she worked at Jack in the Box corporate for about 25 years (that’s a ton of years!). She enjoyed her time there and was well taken cared of BUT it wasn’t what she enjoyed doing. She’s been meaning to get into realty and decided to do it with her husband later after retirement. Now she enjoys selling property, providing for her sons and granddaughter (they gave her a college fund), and going to Zumba at Bayside! She invited us over for some fruits and I’m definitely not going to pass that up! One thing she taught me was that there’s always room to do what you truly love at any moment in your life. You’ll know when the time is right. It maybe now or in the next 30 years.
I was excited to see everyone after a short but memorable break. There were many people from our cohort that traveled, which was very nice to hear! Such as to NY, Boston, Honduras (:o). I’m excited for the quarter because it’s not going to be assignment heavy. Yet, we’ll be busy working on our HAPs. Not everyone in our group was in class but my group got a lot of work done and received great feedback from the professors. I’m excited to get creative and actually make an impact and debunk ageism or stereotypical ordeals attaches to aging. I believe our HAP project will showcase elders in great light by conveying the many obstacles or spectacular things they did in life.
I was really excited for this prom because I really enjoyed our last visit to the center. I saw a couple of familiar faces as well! I liked how everyone in class worked together to decorate and clean up the prom. I noticed a couple of things. One, the seniors really enjoyed the Photo Booth. There was one lady that kept coming back and go all out with the props. Even the seniors that didn't know much English knew what it was and would enjoy the Photo Booth. Second, during the raffle a couple of seniors weren't really looking at their raffle tickets either because they didn't know what it was for or didn't understand English. Thirdly, I noticed how a lot of the Seniors went up to take extra food with them. It just shows how more in need the center is compared to Casa. (They really liked the pizza) Overall, I really enjoyed this prom and thought the theme was so good. Although I think we were rushed, I can tell a lot of the seniors loved. I can tell that the seniors really appreciated the prom and a lot look forward to it each year. I'm going to add the last couple class days as well. The last day was really sad but I'm excited for next quarter and what it'll bring. I'm still conflicted on doing the community garden or picture museum one. I really like both ideas but I feel like doing both will be a lot of work.
In the beginning of class we talked about the prom outcomes and it was nice to hear everyone's input. I really liked the current event since it talked about age discrimination in employment makes it harder for seniors to find jobs. Since social security is not enough and the overall cost of living is very high. I also think it’s cool that there are actual senior job fairs out there for seniors. It’s really important to help the aging community and to be able to help them help themselves at the same time. Katrina’s oral history was really cool! Her grandma is such an entrepreneur which is enlightening since it was a while back. She opened many business in Africa which I don’t doubt was hard. Yet, Katrina said it was her happiest time in her life to spread Taiwanese culture.
Rock n’ rollin with Casa was a great success in my opinion! The decorations were very nice and I loved the polaroid camera idea. With the photo booth props, it really brought things back in time. It was fun seeing the seniors have fun, whether it was dancing or sitting and enjoying while watching. It was cute when some couples danced together (and boy did they have moves!). It was apparent the seniors were enjoying their time because a majority had a smile on their faces. It was funny watching some seniors get upset when their number for the rafle get called. I remember one senior I was talking to earlier really wanted one of the plants and later she walked out with a hyacinth. One senior told me while she was leaving that just watching us “young kids” dance made the prom so much fun. She said it was refreshing to see young kids have fun since they don’t seem people of different ages as much. Towards the end of the evening Janan and I met a Lebanese senior. I was surprised, I never expected an arabic speaking Senior would be in Casa. He said he’s a doctor and I believe he’s part of the Arab Medical Association, if I’m not mistaken. He clearly was successful in his life and loved what he did. He seemed really happy to be speaking Arabic with us. He was telling me about how he watched a BBC documentary on Palestine and that he was happy because he never really see’s Middle-Eastern cultural things at the center. We promised him that we’ll come back and visit and bring him food.
I loved the Oral history projects presented in class this day. There were many caught my eye, but to name a few, Wayne’s presentation seemed very special to him. Especially since he brought in dreamcatchers he made himself with his mother and was a part of his cultural background was very touching and moving. Sallie’s presentation was very sweet and I can’t get over how beautiful her mother looked on her wedding day. THAT DRESS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL! Anyways, I also really liked Victoria’s presentation. It’s apparent she has a long familial history in New York, which is really cool and interesting. Also, I learned that in order to find my other half I should go to a pharmaceutical convention! Overall, the presentations were very moving and raw. Raw, meaning we got to look into the lives of our classmates and look at who means a lot to them.
My favorite thing in class was listening to everyone’s oral history presentations. Everyone interviewed phenomenal people and really portrayed their stories really well. Especially the work they put into presenting them. Such as a box filled with hearts. Actual sculpted airplanes and flowers! Everyone that presented Wednesday did amazing which makes me nervous for this coming week! Don’t know if I can top everyone’s presentations.
In class on Wednesday 2/6/19 we went over a lot of upcoming deadlines. Such as current event presentations, book presentations, and the oral history project. On top of that the planning for the West center or Casa. I do feel very overwhelmed with all these assignments coming at me all at once. It was relieving to know that my oral history project can be due/presented on the week after since I’ll be presenting on the Fountain of Youth this coming week. I’m really excited for our NAPs. I’m excited to actually critique and look at the inclusivity of the neighborhood I grew up in San Diego. I never thought about it growing up but I’m curious now and think it’ll be informative and cool. Overall, I do wish my group (Casa group) would have more things to do for the prom. I just feel like we’re choosing decorations while for the West center they get to choose the theme and many more things. I feel like we’re not really planning anything or doing a big part foe the prom. Anyways, I am excited to find some decorations though!
I was really excited to visit Casa De Mañana because growing up I always passed by it but never entered or seen the inside. When they gave us some background information of the demographics of the seniors at their facility I was surprised that 40% of the male residents held a graduate degree. As the day went by I noticed the residents are mainly white. So there isnt much diversity at the facility. Compared to other locations we’ve seen and I believe income and many other factors play a part in that. To add on, their price range goes from $3,500-12,000 which is really expensive for a senior. I loved the library and how there’s large windows that overlooks the ocean and makes the room spacious. There were many books for the seniors choose from as well as labeled newspapers at a desk. The assisted living building was definitely a lot older and the stairwell kind of had a smell. I liked how we would pass by seniors in groups together doing physical therapy. (I believe we saw about 3 groups? If I’m not mistaken). I loved how three seniors told us our stories and basically lives. The senior residents stories really had me think on a deeper level that there is so much more to life that you can discover than just secluding yourself to your everyday routine. It inspired to try new things and that its okay for change, and if a hardship comes your way to still continue on your path. Overall, Casa de Mañana builds a community amongst their residents through planting and group activities which I think is essential for Senior living.
I was excited to go to downtown and actually experience a senior center that serves in that area. I remember walking in an looking to my right and seeing all the seniors in another room (which I later found out was where they watch tv) sitting and just straight “chilling.” When the director when over the demographics of the center it was honestly so shocking. A majority of the seniors they serve are well below the estimated federal poverty line. Which is absolutely shocking and saddening. Especially since they’re a demographic often forgotten or overlooked at. When we toured around the facility I liked how there was a whole floor for health and information. Especially the dental program they provide for the seniors. One of the seniors that was pictured in the dental office I saw while we were serving lunch. Which tells you that the people they help are actual people in need and by putting up pictures of them it makes them a part of their community. The cyber cafe was nice but pretty small. All the computers were used by seniors at the time we toured which may indicate that using computers is in demand and many seniors need to be able to access technology, especially during these times. My favorite part of the trip was talking to one of the seniors. I forgot his name, but his brother was a volunteer at the center. He seemed like he knew everybody and was a regular. He was happy to chat with us if it meant he would get some kind of money out of us.