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LIVEWell was selected for a Merit award for design and content by a distinguished panel of judges

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging’s LIVEWell resource guide earned recognition from the 27th annual National Mature Media Awards, which honors the nation’s best marketing, communications, educational materials, and programs produced for older adults.

LIVEWell was established in 2017 to serve as the premiere resource guide for the more than 175,000 Ventura County residents 60 and over, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers. A redesign of the former Eldercare guide, LIVEWell provides information through feature stories, resource listings, and news shorts that focus on important topics that range from insurance fraud, to financial wellness, balanced nutrition, caregiver support, legal information, and methods of maintaining an active lifestyle.

LIVEWell was selected for a Merit award for design and content by a distinguished panel of judges from across the United States.

The 2018-19 issue of LIVEWell will be available in October and is fully integrated to include content in both English and Spanish.

“The VCAAA is honored to receive this recognition and is proud of the impact LIVEWell has made on the community,” said Victoria Jump, Director of the VCAAA. “The VCAAA is dedicated to providing a thoroughly vetted and easily accessible tool that addresses the needs of the growing and diverse population served by the Agency. Having a guide that meets the needs of both the English and Spanish-speaking populations sets a new standard for how we communicate with our clients.”

For more information, or to receive a copy of LIVEWell, call (805) 477-7300 or visit

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, an agency of the County of Ventura, is the principal agency in Ventura County charged with the responsibility to promote the development and implementation of a comprehensive coordinated system of care that enables older individuals, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers to live in a community-based setting and to advocate for the needs of those 60 years of age and older in the county, providing leadership and promoting citizen involvement in the planning process as well as in the delivery of services.

100 and going strong

Relatives came from various states and as far away as Taiwan to honor her.

Mary Jane Mitchell was born on October 11, 1918 in Oxnard and is turning 100.  She was raised in Somis and graduated from Oxnard High School.  Her father was the manufacturer of the Ventura Bean Planter used by farmers in Ventura County, across California and in other agricultural states.  At Ventura College she met Jack Tobias and they were married in 1939.

While Jack was farming in Saticoy, Jane was a stay at home mom raising their three children, Carole (deceased), Bob and Steve.  Together she and Jack were active in Saticoy Community Church and Saticoy Lions and traveled extensively.  Jack passed away in 1988 so Jane got even more active in Ventura Missionary Church, taking missions trips well into her 70s.  Jane in still living in the family home on their ranch in East Ventura.  A family celebration was held for her on October 6th at the ranch home of her son Steve and daughter-in-law Roxann. .

One Basket, All Eggs. Risky!

“don’t we have too many kids anyway?”

by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions

Achieving a high income and net worth is half the battle in the quest for financial security. The other half is trying to keep and grow your assets once you have them. While this latter half is perhaps a nice problem to have, it has been the cause of many a headache.

One problem some people make is the proverbial “putting all of their eggs in one basket.”  In the investing world, even just putting too many eggs in too few baskets can be enough to sink a financial battleship. Too often, people make this mistake in a misguided effort to go all in on chasing maximum returns.

Conventional wisdom does indeed hold that you have to accept higher risk in order to get higher returns and, accordingly, have to accept lower returns in order to lower your risk. However, there are a couple of quite serious problems with this logic, common though it may be. For starters, it is almost impossible to predict with certainty which investments will flourish in the future and which ones will tank.

It is not as though anyone ever sets out to have their financial goals torpedoed by a bad investment, but, no matter how sound a plan may seem at the outset, there is always at least some chance that it could go awry. If a particular investment makes up even as little as 20 percent of your portfolio and crashes, it can take your financial goals and security down with it. Fortunately enough, this reality does not have to doom investors to rolling the Wall Street dice as best they can and then sweating out results over numerous sleepless nights.

The concept of financial diversification is actually old enough to have been referenced in a Shakespeare play, “The Merchant of Venice,” four centuries ago. In the 1950s, Harry Markowitz, an academic researcher, articulated modern portfolio theory. His research uncovered the insight that putting together a portfolio of investments that did not all correlate with each other had the effect of reducing the variability (risk) of the portfolio without giving up returns.

In other words, as long as all of your investments do not tend to rise and fall in value at the same time, your portfolio could be effectively insulated from catastrophic losses while still set up for strong long-term gains. Accordingly, diversifying your investments across numerous (thousands) of companies prevents you from having to worry about whether one or even several of them will collapse. Even though it could happen, it could be on a small enough scale that it will not hurt you.

Undoubtedly, these realizations explain much about why it is so difficult for even professional investors to beat the returns of broad indexes like the S&P 500.  Diversification is sometimes described as the only free lunch in finance.  Accordingly, as simple as it sounds, the best approach, by far, that you can take once you have otherwise reached a high income or net worth is to put your investment money in broadly diversified funds and leave the anxiety to those prone to over-thinking things.

Allow us to take a look at your retirement plan and assess the amount of risk you currently have.  You should be confident your plan will make it through any potentially volatile years to come.


Shopping for food that’s good for you

Pick a store that is clean and well supplied

If you have a choice of where to get your groceries, pick a store that is clean and well supplied. If it is also busy, the stock is probably more likely to turn over quickly.

Many people say a successful trip to the grocery store starts with a shopping list. Throughout the week, try to keep a list of food and supplies you need. Keeping to a list helps you follow a budget because you will be less likely to buy on impulse. A prepared grocery list will help you choose healthy types of foods.

When making your shopping list, check your staples. Staples are nice to have around if you can’t go grocery shopping.

A trip to the grocery store can be a chore for anyone, but as you get older, you might have some new reasons for not going. For example, getting around a big food store might be difficult. What can you do?

Some stores have motorized carts, which you can use.

Ask if there is an employee who can help you reach things or push your cart.

If your store has a pharmacy department, you might find a seat there if you get tired.

Plan to shop at a time of day when you are rested.

If it’s a busy grocery store, try to pick a time when it might not be so crowded; that way you won’t have to stand in a long check-out line.

Check with your local Area Agency on Aging to see if there are volunteers in your area who can help.

If you can find a farmers’ market or vegetable stand nearby during the growing season, fruits and vegetables might cost less than in the grocery store. Local Harvest can also direct you to farmers’ markets in your area.

You might also be able to get some help from the federal government to pay for vegetables and fruits from farmers’ markets through the Seniors F armers’ Market Nutrition Program. They provide coupons you can use at farmers’ markets and roadside stands.

For More Information on Shopping for Healthy Foods

Local Harvest

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)

Answer in a Breeze

Hi Sheldon;

I am not sure of the name of this mall other than Burlington Coat Factory is located there at the corner of Main and Telephone Roads.  Do you know what construction is going on there and what they have planned to build there?

Thank you.

Marsha Moreland


We reached out to Dave Ward Ventura Principal Planner to get an answer.

The center, which has separate property owners (not just one which would be more typical), is undergoing overall updates:  new facades, landscape and circulation components and new uses:

New Starbucks with drive thru visually at Main/Telephone corner but access is by Chucky Cheese,

Old Hudson, demolished now, becomes a parking lot area

Next to Baja Fresh a new possible drive thru use…don’t think the operator yet decided.

Tuesday Morning moved to an expanded suite (new addition popped out on backside) next to Burlington. This part completed.

Quite an upgrade to the center indeed!

And an aside note… Aldi is proposing store in suites that include existing Starbucks and two suites next to Lamps Plus across the street, plus upgrades to parking lot and landscape and maybe some other facade changes. So that shopping center is going to see changes too!


Dave Ward

Do you have a question? Send it to and we will try to get an answer.

Dab Art is pleased to present Empire Of Dirt at H Gallery in midtown Ventura.

The creative sentiments of artists are often misunderstood. Even the most conscious viewer may be oblivious to the conflicts of the artist whose work they are admiring.

Variously characterized as radical or manic, the cliché of the tortured artist’s plight is not without some merit. Empire Of Dirt investigates the inspirations found in the darker elements of life. Highlighted in this exhibition is the process and frequently concealed perspectives of 21 peculiar and complex artists.

Empire Of Dirt is an exhibition of contentious works where the viewer can explore, connect and embrace the eccentric perspectives of artists who have continued to evade conventional labels.

Curated by Yessíca Torres

 1793 E Main St.

(805) 293-1616

Healthy aging in winter and beyond: 4 important vaccines for seniors covered by Medicare

Fall is in full swing, meaning colorful foliage, delicious pumpkin treats, and—perhaps best of all—cooler weather! While you may be celebrating the end of an unbearable summer, it’s important to remember that cooler weather can also mean greater risk of getting sick.

Here’s a list of four vaccines that Medicare helps pay for and that you should talk with your doctor about to help protect yourself from illness this winter and beyond.

Influenza Vaccine:Why is it important for older adults to get the flu shot? Older adults—even if you are healthy—are at higher risk when it comes to the flu due to age-related weakening of our immune systems, making it more difficult for us to fight off disease.

The flu vaccine is a once a year, cost-free Medicare Part B benefit. For Original Medicare, you must use a physician or healthcare provider who accepts Medicare, and for Medicare Advantage, you may have to use an in-network doctor or pharmacy.

Shingles Vaccine: Shingles is a painful skin rash that’s caused by the same virus responsible for chickenpox. Shingles is less contagious than chickenpox, and can only be passed on to another person up until the point when the infected person’s blisters begin to scab. Even after shingles passes, long-term pain can linger.

Researchers believe that the age-related weakening of our immune systems can trigger the “reawakening” of the dormant chickenpox virus.

All Medicare Part D drug plans, or Medicare Advantage plans that include prescription coverage, typically cover the shingles vaccine.

Pneumococcal Vaccine: Pneumococcal disease causes severe infections throughout the bloodstream and/or key organs. While you may not have heard of pneumococcal disease, you have probably heard of the conditions that result from this disease, including pneumonia and meningitis.

The pneumococcal vaccine is a cost-free benefit covered by Medicare Part B. For Original Medicare, you must use a physician or healthcare provider who accepts Medicare, and for Medicare Advantage, you may have to use an in-network doctor or pharmacy.

Hepatitis B Vaccine: What is the hepatitis B virus? Hepatitis B (or hep B) is a contagious virus that infects the liver. Acute hep B, which usually lasts a few weeks, often mimics symptoms similar to the flu, like fever and nausea. Chronic hep B is long-term, often has no symptoms at all, and can cause liver damage or death.

Why is it important for older adults to get the hepatitis B vaccine? The liver and its function change as you age, making hep B more prevalent among older adults. Your risk of contracting hepatitis B increases if you have hemophilia, end-stage renal disease (ESRD), diabetes, or other conditions that lower resistance to infection. Acute hep B is particularly dangerous for older adults because there is no specific treatment for the symptoms.

Make a plan to get vaccinated today!

Getting these vaccines is an important part of healthy aging, and they also help ensure the health of your friends and family. Call your doctor today to see if these vaccines are right for your health, and then check with your Medicare provider about where you can get them. If you know someone who may not be vaccinated, share this information with them so they can take the next step toward protecting themselves.

Senior Tai Chi Balance Classes seeking volunteers

Want to help your community while also helping yourself? Then consider becoming one of RSVP’s trained, certified Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance instructors.

Training for new volunteer instructors is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13. The program provides active retirees a way to serve their community through teaching the free classes while also improving their own balance and staying fit.

The two-day training, led by the Master Trainer, will be held in Camarillo, but volunteers can teach in any of Oxnard RSVP’s 12-week classes in the four west county cities served (Oxnard, Camarillo, Ventura and Pt. Hueneme).

After training, volunteers must practice at least 30 hours before being certified to teach; often those trained practice together for support. Attendance at quarterly in-services will be required of volunteers.

No experience is necessary, but volunteers must be age 55 or older and make a six-month commitment to teach three hours per week. Since instructors work as teams, time away for illness or short vacations is possible.

For more information on the instructor training or to make an appointment to be interviewed for the position, please call 805-385-8023. There are currently three Ventura classes and two each in Oxnard and Camarillo.

A federal grant received by the City of Oxnard and its RSVP program funds the free exercise classes, which follow curriculum developed at the Oregon Research Institute (in Oregon) where studies showed improved strength and balance, increased mobility and reduced incidence of falls among seniors who participated in the classes.

Classes consist of a core eight-form routine of Yang-style Tai Chi with built-in exercise variations. It teaches participants balance skills and good body alignment by using coordinated and flowing movements. The classes are intended for adults age 60 and older who can walk easily with or without assistive devices.

RSVP is a volunteer recruitment and placement program, helping people 55 and older find volunteer positions that match their interests, talent and available time.  The Oxnard RSVP has almost 575 members and is sponsored by the City of Oxnard.  To learn more about being an RSVP member or to discuss other volunteer opportunities, call 805-385-8023.

Vol. 12, No. 1 – Oct 10 – Oct 23, 2018 – Ojai News & Events

Dale Villani, was recently installed as a new member of the Board of Directors for Community Action of Ventura County (CAVC). CAVC maintains a tripartite board with equal representation from public, private, and low-income sectors.

Dale Villani joined Gold Coast Health Plan as chief executive officer in 2015. The Plan manages Medi-Cal benefits for nearly 200,000 county residents. As CEO, Dale works to ensure that the Plan’s members, which include 1 in 5 county residents, have access to high-quality medical care and services.

He has more than 36 years of operational experience in companies including Aetna and Magellen. Dale and his wife Amy reside in Ojai and he enjoys spending time with his two daughters and grandson.

The international board of directors and officers of Lions Clubs International (LCI) will be meeting in Ojai from October 11-17th to discuss global vision issues and a new campaign to fight adult diabetes which often leads to vision problems. They will be led by Mrs. Gudrun Ingvadottir from Iceland who is the first female international president in the 101 year history of the organization. The event is jointly hosted by the Ventura Downtown and Ojai Valley lions clubs at the Ojai Valley Inn. Local clubs along with a matching grant from LCI have recently raised $200,000 to establish an adult diabetes center in Oxnard.

The Ojai Storytelling Festival, Oct. 25-28 will be celebrating its 18th year with a stellar lineup of acclaimed storytellers from around the world in the beautiful Libbey Bowl. Tickets for individual performances as well as weekend passes are available. Friday. Alan Thornhill and Marting Young will be there on Friday night, and Cindy Kalmensen and the Lucky Ducks will be there on Saturday.

Festival organizer Brian Bemel says, “Listeners will definitely hear traditional tales, but many of this year’s tellers will offer a very modern take with stories firmly rooted in today’s culture.”

Join Rev. Karen S. Wylie on Sunday, October 21, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The Ojai Retreat, to “Enlarge your playing field!” in a morning devoted to contemplation, inner reflection, quiet walks, wisdom talks, sacred songs, and sharing a vision for peace and love on the planet.

“Who we are is constantly changing,” Rev. Karen explains. “We are evolving beings. We step into the greater version of ourselves at the exact moment of readiness and not a moment sooner. Entering the stillness, we know we are exactly where we are supposed to be for our greatest growth. At the same time, we relax into our readiness for expanded living.”

Randee Vasilakos, RScP, will assist and anchor the morning in a consciousness of prayer and healing. The Ojai Retreat is at 160 Besant Road, Ojai. People of all faiths and traditions, or no tradition, are welcome to attend.

The retreat is by donation; $20 is suggested. For more information, contact Rev. Karen at 310-968-8928, or register online at Rev. Karen is the author of Into Me See: A Book for Daily Inspiration, available on Amazon and her website.

The Ojai Photography Club will host Ojai based photographer Cindy Pitou Burton presenting “The Journey from Photojournalism to Fine Art” on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Ojai’s Kent Hall, 111 W. Santa Clara Street. She will give an illustrated talk about the dramatic changes in her photographic work that grew out of her move from fast paced photojournalism on the East Coast to innovative fine art photography in Ojai. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information and her images, go to

Monthly free presentations are part of the Ojai Photography Club’s community service and education outreach. The general public is always welcome to attend.

The club, which is devoted to education, inspiration, and camaraderie, meets on the third Tuesday of each month, February – November. Only members may submit images for review. More information is available at: