Category Archives: Senior Living

VCAAA serves older adults and persons with disabilities

On Thursday, October 8 the next Senior Network meeting will be held at the VCAAA office, 646 County Square Drive in Ventura.  Networking will begin at 9:15am. The meeting will begin at 10am, and usually goes to 11:30am.  Networking may continue after the meeting until 12:30pm.

The VCAAA Senior Network is an informal group of local community-based organizations (non-profit, for-profit, faith-based and government agencies) who serve older adults and persons with disabilities in Ventura County and/or their caregivers. The purpose of the network is to provide a friendly environment for networking and creating collaborations, a forum for shared problem solving, an opportunity for sharing information and best practices, and information on current issues that may impact their organization and/or their clients.

Cypress Place  to host Alzheimer’s & Dementia Group

senior cypressAttendees get groovy at the Cypress Place Senior Living 70’s Party & Classic Car Show on September 16.  The event kicked off “Suitcases For Kids”.  New or used suitcases may be dropped off to Cypress Place until October 16.
Photos by Michael Gordon

In collaboration with New Hope Senior Services, please join Cypress Place Senior Living for an Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers Support Group.  Facilitator for the support group will be Norma Featherston, R.N., M.S., Gerontology.  Featherston is a geriatric care consultant with New Hope Senior Services.

Join them for these informative meetings and gain support from others in a caring and understanding environment.  Ask questions and get straight answers from people who have been there.  Learn creative and caring problem solving techniques and caregiving ideas, and discover that you are not all alone in the way you feel.

senior cypress insetRespite care is available for your loved one while attending the support group meetings.  This is a complimentary service, but an RSVP one week in advance is required to participate in respite care.

Support group meetings will be held from 9:30a.m. to 11a.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month, beginning in October.  The support group is free and open to the public.

Cypress Place Senior Living is located at 1200 Cypress Point Lane in Ventura.  Seating is limited so please call to reserve a seat.  For more information or to RSVP, please call 650-8000.

To learn more about Cypress Place Senior Living of Ventura, visit their web site at




Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – A Tender Touch Senior Placement

senior connieIf  you are looking to downsize  this type of living may be for you.

“Living in a mobile home community”
By Connie De La Rosa

There are many reasons for choosing to live in a mobile home community. “ If  you are looking to downsize,  continue being active,  or just want to lay back  and relax,  this type of living may be for you”  states  Barbara  Bier retired  registered nurse.   Mrs. Bier has lived at the Ventura Marina Mobile Home Community for the past 15 years and enjoys every minute of it.  Mobile home park living gives her the feeling of community and has made many friends through her involvement with planning events and staying active. “I would not trade my mobile home way of living for any other way” states Barbara.

The first annual   Health Information Fair is set for   Oct. 10TH from 10 a.m. to noon.   This will be  an exciting event  to bring first hand information from the many vendors  to the mobile home community  and public  such as Home Health Agencies, Insurance Companies,  Assisted  Living  Companies , Skin  Care, Exercise, Hand/Arm massaging and more  to the residents  who can meet the faces behind the many brochures  which are left at the mobile home  community for advertisement. The public is more than welcome to attend this wonderful free event!

“There is something for everyone at a mobile home community whether you are retired or like some  of our neighbors, still working ” states  Barbara  Bier.

Ventura Marina Mobile Home Community is located at 1215 Anchors Way.

Aegis Living Fire & Emergency Safety Presentation

On Sept. 24 Aegis Living presented a Fire & Emergency Safety Presentation to its residents. Ventura firefighters  Captain Jason Kay, Paramedic Jarret LaShure  and  Engineer Mark Nelson explained fire safety to about twenty Aegis residents and answered their questions. Aegis is located at 4964 Telegraph, 290-1953.

Photo by Bernie Goldstein

What the heck s COPD?

​Did you know that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the nation?  COPD is an umbrella term that includes chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and, in some cases, asthma.  In Ventura County, there are 28,000 people that suffer from COPDbut the number may actually be higher since 50% of people with compromised lung function are not even aware of it.  Identifying and treating COPD in its early stages can drastically change/slow the progression of the disease.  A simple test called a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) can be performed to determine if someone has COPD.

The COPD Access to Community Health (CATCH) Program is funded by a Health Care Innovations Award (HCIA) grant from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).  Ventura County is honored to be one of 39 HCIA grant recipients nationwide.  With the HCIA grant funding, the Ventura County Health Care Agency (HCA) is implementing new treatment guidelines for preventing, diagnosing and treating COPD throughout our health care system.  To date, CATCH has purchased spirometers for our Ambulatory Care Medical Offices and the Respiratory Department at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC).  Additionally, providers have been trained to diagnose and stage patients using the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines in order to improve patient care.

CATCH grant staff will be working with Ambulatory Care Medical Offices, VCMC and Santa Paula hospitals to develop a new approach to managing COPD in Ventura County.

The CATCH team can travel county-wide and includes a Project Director, two Registered Nurses, two Respiratory Therapists, a two Community Health Workers, a Medical Office Assistant and contracts with numerous specialists throughout the community.  CATCH can be reached at  677-5162 or

Medicare presentations through-out Ventura County

senior medicareThe County of Ventura Area Agency on Aging’s Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will be giving a series of Medicare presentations in October.

A few of the topics and One Stop Shops are:

Tuesday, October 6,  at Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 North Ventura Ave., 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm.
Presentation Topic: “What are the 2016 Medicare Changes  & What the Changes Mean to You?”

Wednesday, October 7, at Oxnard Wilson Senior Center, 350 North C St. 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Presentation Topic: “What are the 2016 Medicare Changes & What the Changes Mean to You?”

Thursday, October 8,  at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave., 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm,
Presentation Topic: “What are the 2016 Medicare Changes & What the Changes Mean to You?”

Friday, October 16, 2015, Camarillo Health Care District 3639 E. Las Posas Rd. 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm,
Presentation Topic: “What are the 2016 Medicare Changes & What the Changes Mean to You?”

Friday, October 16,  Ventura HICAP, One Stop Shop, 646 County Square Dr. Ventura, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm,
Open Enrollment:  One on One counseling appointments, walk-ins and appointments available.

Monday, October 19, 2015, South Oxnard Senior Center, 200 East Bard Rd., Oxnard, Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm,
Open Enrollment:  One on One counseling appointments, walk-ins and appointments available.

For further information and locations contact May Lee Berry, HICAP Outreach Coordinator 477-7320  or

Demonstration exercise classes for seniors 55 years and older

As part of National Women’s Health & Fitness Day on September 30, the SCAN Health & Wellness Center in Ventura is offering free 45-minute demonstration exercise classes for seniors 55 years and older and their caregivers. Classes include Tai Chi for Rehab (9 a.m.)/Sun Style (10 a.m.), Senior Yoga (11 a.m.), Focus on Balance (12 p.m.), Strong Bones (1 p.m.), QiGong (2 p.m.) and Zumba Gold (3 p.m.). Women’s Health & Fitness Day, now in its 14th year, is a national program bringing attention to the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women. Organized by SCAN and the Health Information Resource Center, the program is free to seniors 55 and older and their caregivers. The SCAN Health &Wellness Center is located at 6633 Telephone Rd. Class spots are limited to those new to classes. Call 658-0365 for more information and to register.

Cute Grandkids

grandkidGrandma Jill thinks that her grandson Nathan Young is as cute as they get.  He’s almost 2 smiling as always even on his first visit to the dentist. His brother was in a previous Breeze.

Do you have a grandkid that you think is even cuter? If so send their photo to

Seniors collecting suitcases for foster children

Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura is collecting suitcases for children in the Ventura County Foster Care Program. When a child enters foster care for the first time, it is usually in a time of crisis and confusion. Often the child’s possessions are hurriedly stuffed into a garbage bag or box.

The child then shows up at the doorstep of a foster home, frightened and scared, holding this trash bag or box. This scene is often repeated numerous times as the child is moved from one home to another.

“All of us here at Cypress Place Senior Living feel a child’s life is worth more than a trash bag or box,” said Mike Macke, one of the marketing directors at the senior community. “That is why we are collecting new and used suitcases to give to these children through a program we call Suitcases for Kids.”

From September 16th until October 16th the senior community will be accepting donations of a new or used suitcase to be given to one of the many foster children in Ventura County.

Once the suitcases have been collected, Cypress Place will invite the foster children to the senior community to present them with their very own suitcase. It is a small, yet wonderful way to help give a child a glimmer of hope and a sense of dignity according to Macke.

Suitcases may be dropped off to Cypress Place Senior Living at 1200/1220 Cypress Point Lane in Ventura. For more information please call 650-8000 or visit their web site at

A new Ventura business teaches how to capture personal histories

Thanks to the publication of a recent article in the Ventura Breeze, The Time Binders  – — is up and running. The Time Binders are Esther Cole and Carin Wofford,  The workshops cover collecting data, writing, binding, and videotaping your life.  Both co-directors are published writers of articles and books. Writing kits will be provided.

First Workshop: October 8:  A 4-week course beginning  Thursday, from  1:00-2:00 PM.  sponsored by  Ventura Parks & Recreation.

Location:  Ventura Adult and Senior Center on Ventura Ave.

Second Workshop: November 3,  Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.

For more information please call 236-7378. Early enrolment is encouraged because class size will be limited.