BERKELEY — J-Sei will present its Saturday Morning Series, a series of stimulating panels, forums, and discussions about issues facing the multi-generational Nikkei community, this month and next month.

• “Very Different Golden Years,” Saturday, May 12, at Buena Vista United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda. Registration and refreshments from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Presentation from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The baby boomers’ increased longevity has made a tremendous impact on how we view aging, work, retirement, leisure, and life goals. How do we plan for this period of our lives? How do we figure out what we want to do in order to have a long period of rewarding and engaging fulfillment?

In this session, participants will begin to explore options and pathways to determining those newly defined golden years. Guest speakers will address steps in how to identify potential interests and how to pursue interests.

Speakers: Nancy Hikoyeda, MPH, associate director, Stanford Geriatric Education Center, and consultant in health, aging, and diversity (CHAD); Daniel Fine, certified career, business and life coach, A Path That Fits.

• “Stress Reduction,” Saturday, June 2, at Lake Park United Methodist Church, 281 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland. Registration and refreshments from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Presentation from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Most people think of wellness as the state of our physical being. However, our emotional state, the way we perceive and manage stress, is a vital component of our health. This session will review people’s physiological responses to stress and guest speakers will help participants understand that we have choices in how we view and deal with or avoid potentially stressful situations.

Speakers: Mackenzie Stewart, crisis support services, Counseling Service for Older Adults and Stress Counseling Project; Lina Haniu-Hannigan, Ph.D, clinical health psychologist.

Refreshments are generously provided by Monterey Market. Suggested donation is $5 at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. RSVP is optional but helpful. Contact the J-Sei office at (510) 848-3560 or

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