Kupuna Transitions

Conversations about neuroscience can overwhelm me, and medical references to the way our brain works tend to lose me in a cloud of scientific terminology. Personally, I would rather discuss the social aspects of aging issues, yet I also know it’s helpful to grasp the complexities of the brain when caring for individuals with dementia.

Laughter Therapy

Humor and laughter are powerful emotional medicines that can lower stress, dissolve anger and unite people in troubled times. Experts (like me?) claim that laughter is equivalent to “internal jogging!” Would you believe that one minute of laughter is equal to 10 minutes on the rowing machine, according to Stanford University Medical School? Laughter can provide good cardiac (beat-beats), abdominal (gut-gut), facial and back muscle (core) conditioning! This is especially for those of you (oh, so many) who do not perform regular physical exercise.

Tutu’s House

Self-Facial Massage with Chikako Hoshino-Powers will be from 10:30 a.m.-noon this Saturday. A facial massage can strengthen or firm up the skin and make it look younger. It also helps relax, reduce stress and release several “feel good” hormones. At the same time the “not-so-good-for-you” hormones are reduced. By simply stroking the face using beneficial massage techniques, circulation is increased, stimulating healing response and providing a healthy glow to any complexion. Bring a favorite facial cream and don’t wear make-up. Bring one large and one hand towel.

Anuenue Playground work day scheduled

Beginning at 9 a.m. until pau this Sunday, volunteers are needed to help finish improvements at Anuenue Playground in Waimea. The main project will be finishing the replacement of center decking. The group will also replace some of the pickets around the perimeter of the playground and spread wood chips.

Waimea Nature Park volunteer day coming up

Residents and visitors are invited to participate in this Saturday’s work day from 9 a.m.-noon at Waimea Nature Park, Ulu La’au. A tour of the park is offered for first timers. There are jobs for all ages and abilities. No knowledge of Hawaiian plants is necessary, as training can be provided.