Who loves bingo? Everyone loves bingo! Play at the Ventura Avenue Adult Center; all residents over the age of 18 are welcome! Bingo with a 50 cent buy-in! For more information contact 805-648-3035. Mondays & Fridays, 12:30-3:30 pm. Ventura Avenue Adult Center located at 550 N. Ventura Ave.
Cypress Place senior living community is pleased to announce the 11th annual Health and Wealth Expo. The annual event promotes the active and engaging lifestyle of Ventura County seniors. This year’s event features 35 local vendors as well as local author, Fawn Parish as keynote speaker.
The Health and Wealth Expo is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at Cypress Place, located at 1200 Cypress Point Lane in Ventura. The event is free and open to the public.
Over the last 11 years, the expo has featured speakers with incredible stories that inspire seniors across the area. This year’s event will be no different, as local author Fawn Parish presents her book, “Living a Life that Outlives You.” Parish is the author of eight books that aim to inspire. She is also a documentary filmmaker and storyteller whose work has been seen in many countries around the world.
Parish will share practical, do-it-right-now ideas on how to find purpose in your life, no matter your age.
In addition to enjoying Parish’s uplifting presentation, attendees can get their blood pressure checked, receive glucose screenings, along with balance and hearing tests. Wealth management and veteran benefit consultants will also be on hand to answer any questions. A free healthy gourmet lunch will also be provided.
Raffle prizes will be given away throughout the event, including one grand prize: a 50’’ HD flat screen TV. Free shuttle parking will also be available at Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura located at 5654 Ralston Street in Ventura.
Corporate sponsors for the event are Mission Home Health, Meditech Health Services, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, Buena Vista Hospice and UCLA Health.
For more information or to RSVP, please call 805-416-8793 or visit the Cypress Place website at www.cypressplaceseniorliving.com/events.
Cypress Place offers residents a variety of amenities, activities and residential living options. In addition to maintenance-free independent living apartments, residents have access to graduating levels of care, including assisted living and memory care. For more information, call 805-293-4708 or visit cypressplaceseniorliving.com.
Exercise is good for almost everyone, but there are so many things that can get in the way of staying active. It’s time for some positive thinking. No more excuses!
Older woman holding an exercise ball in a group exercise class
Here are some tips to help you overcome those barriers and improve your health.
Try exercising first thing in the morning. Combine physical activity with a task that’s already part of your day, such as walking the dog or doing household chores. If you don’t have 30 minutes to be active, look for three 10-minute periods. As you progress, add more 10-minute sessions until you hit your goal!
Make exercise interesting and enjoyable. Do things you enjoy, but pick up the pace and try new activities to keep your interest alive. Being creative about your physical activity plans and regularly trying new forms of exercise prevent boredom. If you can stick with it for at least 6 months, it’s a good sign that you’re on your way to making physical activity a regular habit.
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Read and share this infographic for tips to help you overcome exercises barriers like not having time or being too tired.
Being active doesn’t have to cost a thing! All you need for brisk walking is a pair of comfortable, non-skid shoes. For strength training, you can save money by making your own weights using soup cans or water bottles. Check with your local parks and recreation department or senior center about free or low-cost exercise programs in your area.
Regular, moderate physical activity can help reduce fatigue and even help you manage stress. Exercise can also reduce feelings of depression, while improving your mood and overall emotional well-being. Once you become active, you’re likely to have more energy than before. As you do more, you also may notice that you can do things more easily, faster, and for longer than before.
Be sure to choose exercises from each of the four types: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.
by Stacey Burling
There are good reasons that older people fear hip fractures. They can remember the days when a broken hip was often the beginning of the end. Even today, up to 30 percent of seniors who break a hip are dead in a year. Many others never get around quite as well as they did before, which could make the difference between living at home or in assisted living, or even a nursing home.
Yet until recently, doctors often took a fairly leisurely approach to fixing broken hips. Patients would wait in bed for two or three days for surgery while doctors carefully evaluated their other medical problems. Now, spurred by research that found better results with shorter delays, hospitals are creating special programs to get more hip-fracture patients into the operating room within 24 hours or less of entering the hospital. A clinical trial in Canada is testing whether surgery within six hours should be the goal. Run by a cardiologist, this trial, known by the acronym HIP ATTACK, is treating hip-fracture victims with the kind of urgency that is now the norm for heart attack and stroke patients.
Hospitals in the Philadelphia region haven’t gone that far yet, but several have created special programs to expedite care for older patients with fragile bones, whose frailty makes prolonged bed rest especially dangerous. Among them are Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Temple University Hospital, Einstein Medical Center, and Bryn Mawr Hospital. The multidisciplinary programs also work with patients before they leave the hospital to discuss how to strengthen bones or prevent more falls.
Almost everyone who breaks a hip will get some kind of surgical repair, surgeons said. The question is when.
by Bob Blancato Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
Medicare faces numerous threats in 2019. It’s time for lawmakers and healthcare advocates to attack these challenges head-on.
One threat stems from the Trump administration, which has suggested weakening the so-called protected classes provision in Medicare “Part D.”
Medicare’s Part D drug benefit has enabled seniors to purchase subsidized prescription coverage from private insurers. Part D regulations require every plan to cover all medications in six protected classes of therapies, including anticonvulsants, antidepressants, antineoplastics, antipsychotics, antiretrovirals, and immunosuppressants. This protection ensures that older adults who battle cancer, HIV/AIDS, depression, and other serious diseases have a full range of treatment options.
The administration’s proposal would allow Medicare Part D plans to stop covering some of the most popular and needed medications in these classes. Key medical and patient advocacy groups have indicated that the proposal should be withdrawn.
Another threat lurking for beneficiaries relates to the importation of prescription drugs. Some politicians argue certain drugs can be obtained cheaper if imported from other countries, assuming that price is the only factor that should motivate consumers.
However, consumers should also be concerned with the safety of imported drugs. Is the drug developed in a safe manner? Is it counterfeit? In other words, could it be a threat to the health of a person who uses the imported drug?
It is essential that the most stringent safety requirements be developed before there is any discussion of importation. All drugs that might be imported must pass this rigorous safety test.
In the highly-charged atmosphere around drug prices, importation will be a front and center issue. Different bills permitting everything from unlimited importation to very limited importation will be presented in this session of Congress. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar already introduced one importation bill, the “Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2019.” However, the rallying cry from advocates must be safety first.
Another concern relates to Medicare Part D’s Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program, which enables enrollees to obtain heavily discounted prescriptions. Some influential government advisors have proposed raising these enrollees’ co-pays for certain necessary prescriptions. The program is a lifeline for low-income, older adults needing prescription drugs. All efforts to squeeze this vulnerable group of older Americans must be resisted.
Further, we need to do a better job of raising awareness about the LIS program to those older Americans from minority communities who are underutilizing this important benefit.
Medicare has been an unqualified success. Politicians, from the president to representatives in Congress, have pledged to protect Medicare. Advocates should pressure them to fulfill that pledge.
The Parkinson’s Foundation will host its annual Moving Day, Ventura, A Walk for Parkinson’s to unite the community in the fight against Parkinson’s. Funds raised through Moving Day will support cutting-edge research and community programs to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. On April 13, 9am -12pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
More than just a walk, Moving Day Ventura is a celebration of movement featuring a kids’ area, a Resource Pavilion and a special Movement Pavilion with yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Pilates and other activities—all proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. Moving Day events across the country have raised nearly $22 million dollars to improve care and advance research toward a cure.
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800)473-4636).
To register or donate visit www.MovingDayVenturaCounty.org.
Join as a participant or attend training and serve as an instructor
Whether your goal this Spring is to do something for your community or something about that prickly balance problem, Tai Chi could be the answer!
Two new free senior Tai Chi classes start in April as does training to become a certified volunteer Tai Chi instructor. Registration is now open for both by calling 805-385-8019.
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is a 12-week program offered by Oxnard RSVP and focused on improving the mobility and balance of older adults. Classes are free, designed for those age 50 and older, and taught by certified senior volunteers. The program is offered in Ventura, Oxnard, and Camarillo.
The evidence-based program consists of a simplified eight-form routine of Yang-style Tai Chi. Intended for beginners who can walk easily with or without assistive devices, it teaches participants balance skills and good body alignment by using coordinated and flowing movements. The classes have been proven to reduce repeat falls by 55%.
New volunteer instructors will be trained in two full-day sessions on April 26 and 27. You must be 55 and older to volunteer. Training is free, but a commitment to teach at least two full sessions following certification is required.
New classes are offered at the following locations:
CMH Wellness and Fitness Center, 2723 E. Main Street, beginning April 2
Our Lady of the Assumption, 3175 Telegraph Road, beginning April 8
Pre-registration is required. New participants are accepted only until the third class of each session.
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.
Golden Future Expos Inc. is pleased to announce a new and exciting change to the 8th Annual Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo. We have moved to the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center located at 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. This annual event has also moved to the month of March and will be held on Saturday, March 2nd 2019 from 10:00am – 2:30pm.
The expo will feature 60 vendors with products, services, and resources tailored for Baby Boomers, Seniors, Caregivers, and Friends/Family.
- Free Admission & Free Parking
- Health Screenings (Blood Pressure, Carotid Artery/Stroke, Blood Glucose, DNA Cancer Screenings, Pulse Oximeter & More)
- Medicare and/or Financial Planning Advice
- Great Speakers & Workshops
- Hourly Door Prize Drawings & Giveaways
- Mini Job & Volunteer Fair
- Food Truck to Purchase Lunch
- Bingo with Cash Prizes
- DIY Arts & Crafts
The Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo connects local seniors, their families and caretakers with a variety of services and resources available to them. “This expo has become an important annual event for Ventura County,” states Toyia Moore Borrelli, Event Director. Visit www.goldenfutureseniorexpo.com for a complete schedule. Attendees can pre-register online or at the door.
by Jayson Cohen American Legacy Solutions
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday, August 31, that proposes asking for reviews on changing certain rules for tax-deferred retirement savings such as 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts, or IRAs. Trump signed the order during a scheduled visit to Charlotte, N.C., and asked the Treasury Department to review the rules for mandatory withdrawals from 401(k)s and IRAs. These mandatory withdrawals are better known as RMDs, and they are required in the year the owner of these tax-deferred accounts turns 70 1/2. According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House is promoting these actions to better prepare the workforce for retirement.
The executive order has tasked the Labor Department to consider permitting small businesses to join together in offering combined 401(k) plans, as detailed by POLITICO. Currently, the Labor Department does not allow unrelated small businesses to offer joint open multiple employer 401(k) plans. The executive order is requesting the Labor Department to search for ways to decrease administrative and paperwork requirements that might be prohibitive to small businesses offering savings plans.
These open multiple employer plans would supposedly help more small businesses to offer their employees savings plans because of the decreased expenses incurred if the plans are jointly administered by several businesses. As reported by POLITICO, Preston Rutledge, assistant secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration at the Labor Department, said “Basically, we will be trying to find policy ideas that will help make joining a 410(k) plan a more attractive proposition for small employers.”
Currently, holders of tax-deferred retirement accounts are required to begin minimum withdrawals from the accounts beginning the year they turn 70 1/2. These RMDs are predetermined amounts in a table set by the IRS according to age and must be taken on an annual basis. The purpose of the withdrawals is for the government to start collecting the taxes owed on these accounts, which have enjoyed tax-free status until then.
According to CNBC, the reviews would be of the life expectancy tables from the IRS for the purpose of updating the tables, which may allow retirees to withdraw lower RMDs from their tax-deferred retirement accounts. These tables were last updated in 2002, and the average life expectancy has risen since then from under 77 to 78 1/2, as derived from data compiled from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and noted by CNBC.
This would be helpful to retirees because the tax hit of these withdrawals can be spread out more over a longer period of time. Taking large withdrawals can significantly increase income levels, which translates to a higher tax bracket for many. These smaller distributions can also help those who have inherited tax-deferred accounts and are taking distributions.
If the rules for open multiple employer plans are relaxed, small business owners could join with other, dissimilar small business and implement savings plans for their employees. That could help these business owners attract more skilled employees because of the retirement savings plans added to their employee benefit packages.