Overcoming Osteoporosis

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Masaye Mitsunaga accidentally fell and injured her lower back while getting out of bed one morning last May. The Sunnyvale woman, then 97, was believed to have hit the metal frame of her bed. The following day, the pain in her lower back was so severe that she was unable to move […]

Osteoporosis Higher Among Asian American Women

Asian American women are at higher risk for osteoporosis, national statistics show. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about 20 percent of Asian American women older than age 50 are estimated to have the bone disease. Bob Nishime, a doctor in San Jose’s Japantown, said that Asian American women are particularly susceptible to osteoporosis. “It’s […]

LETTERS: Former Cypress House Resident’s Daughter ‘Open Dialogue’

Note: This letter was sent in response to Betty Kurihara Ozawa’s “No Protection for Ayako Ozawa,’ Former Cypress House Resident” letter to the editor printed March 18, 2010. My mother, Misao Murakawa, has had progressively worse dementia for the past five years since the age of 90. At first, she had simple memory lapses but […]

Final Northern California Japanese American Senior Centers Shinnen Kai Held

Roz Enomoto remembers the excitement of the first Shinnen Kai (New Year’s Celebration) 29 years ago at the College of San Mateo. “I was a charter member and organized the first Shinnen Kai. I remember that we had 700 people, it was mammoth. I like the gathering of Japanese Americans,” said Enomoto, the retired director […]

LETTERS: Memories of Cypress House, aka JASEB Home

Note: This letter was sent in response to Ben Hamamoto’s “JASEB to Stop Operating Homes for Japanese American Seniors” article, Feb. 4, 2010. Dear Editor, After 20-plus years of operation, the Cypress House has many stories to tell. There must be hundreds. This is one of them. My mother, Hede Takao Shirasawa, was a resident […]

LETTERS: ‘No Protection for Ayako Ozawa,’ Former Cypress House Resident

Note: This letter was sent in response to Ben Hamamoto’s “JASEB to Stop Operating Homes for Japanese American Seniors” article, Feb. 4, 2010. From 2000 to 2004, Ayako Ozawa was a resident at Cypress House. On Feb. 18, 2004, 4:30 p.m., Koji and Betty Ozawa, son and daughter-in-law, found Ayako in excruciating pain with severe […]

Yu-Ai Kai Cancer Forum Aims to Raise Awareness

SAN JOSE — Susan Shinagawa was just 34 years old when she received the devastating news after battling to convince her doctor to give her a biopsy — that she had breast cancer. “The doctor said I was too young and that Asian American women don’t get breast cancer,” said Shinagawa, who spoke as part […]

JASEB to Stop Operating Homes for Japanese American Seniors

In the early 1970s, the aging Issei presented a unique challenge for the Japanese American community. While there were plenty of resources and care facilities for elderly people, they were not well-suited for a first-generation Japanese immigrant population. Around this time, two organizations dedicated to caring for the Issei — the East Bay Japanese for […]

Seniors Connect to Community Through Art

On the lower level of the San Francisco Main Public Library, 90 pieces of the art — ranging in subject from portraits of the President and playful renditions of animals to colorful abstracts and peaceful landscapes — line the white walls. There are paintings in watercolor and acrylic; sketches done in pen, pencil and even […]

A Community of Caregivers – In Times of Need, Family Members and Agencies Provide Welcome Support

Often called the “silent population,” the number of seniors, as well as those with Alzheimer’s disease, is rapidly increasing. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the numbers of Asian Pacific Islanders with the disease, a kind of dementia that is associated with memory loss, will almost triple between 2009-2030, from about 72,075 to 194,266. In the […]

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